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George Zimmerman was merely a good citizen looking out for his neighborhood when he was confronted and attacked by Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

So his defense attorneys claimed in opening statements Monday, in a stark contrast to prosecutors' picture of a vigilante who profiled the Florida teen.

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Zimmerman, 29, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is on trial for second-degree murder; he claims he shot the teen in self-defense in Sanford, Fla.

"George Zimmerman is not guilty of murder," his attorney, Don West, said.

"He shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense after being viciously attacked. The evidence will show you how and why it happened the way he did."

West described the case as "sad," and said, "there are no monsters here."

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A new video from Trayvon Martin's phone has been released. It's from an unrelated incident, but could be critical if it can authenticate his voice.

Experts dispute whose voice is heard in the background of a 911 call from the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Police detective Chris Serino wrote in an early report that he could hear a man yelling “Help” or “Help Me” 14 times during the Trayvon Martin 911 call.

Prosecutors say the voice is Martin’s. Defense lawyers say it could actually be George Zimmerman, who they say was being pummeled by Martin.

Now, as Zimmerman prepares to go on trial for second-degree murder, a video has been released that the defense says could authenticate the 911 call.

Lawyers for Martin’s family say it doesn’t belong in court, however.

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Trayvon Martin photos and texts were released by the defense team of George Zimmerman, painting the deceased in a less-than-flattering light.

With that, controversy surrounding the high-profile case has resumed.

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Data released from Martin's phone includes texts with a friend regarding fighting, smoking pot and being forced to move out of his mother's house.

Martin, who was killed last year at age 17, spoke of trouble at school. His phone contained photos of a gun and what looks to be a marijuana plant.

A hearing next week will decide if the data can be used at the trial of George Zimmerman, who is charged with fatally shooting the unarmed teen.

Prosecutors want the evidence omitted. Zimmerman, who claims he acted in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty to murder, wants it admitted.

His defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, said:

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Audio experts differ on whether shouts for help on 911 calls are those of defendant George Zimmerman or of his shooting victim, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

One New Jersey-based expert said the screams came from Martin, while a Florida-based audio expert said the shouts were a mix of Martin and Zimmerman.

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Attorneys prosecuting Zimmerman on a charge of second-degree murder hired the audio experts to compare samples of Zimmerman's and Martin's voices.

Shouts can be heard on the 911 calls phoned in by neighbors.

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Robert Zimmerman Jr., the brother of Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman, says he's sorry for a series of racist Tweets about his brother's case.

"I made a mistake," Robert Zimmerman Jr. said during an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Live. "It unfortunately may not have helped George."

That's putting it mildly.

Robert Zimmerman Jr.

George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for killing Martin, who was 17, in an altercation in a residential neighborhood in Sanford, Florida.

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George Zimmerman's attorneys stunned court observers Tuesday when they waived their client's right to a "Stand Your Ground" pretrial hearing.

That hearing, scheduled for April, could have led to a dismissal of the charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.

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Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain in his Sanford, Fla., subdivision, shot and killed the teen, who was visiting a house in the area.

He claimed self-defense but faces second-degree murder charges. The move allows the defense more time to prepare for the trial this summer. 

It also raises the stakes for the defendant.

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George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against NBC over the way the network edited and played a 911 call following the shooting of Trayvon Martin in February.

Zimmerman claims NBC made him look like a "hostile racist."

NBC launched an internal investigation over the Trayvon Martin 911 call after it aired the recording, which featured Zimmerman quotes outside of their original context.

The tape played on the air made it sound like Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin, who he says he shot in self-defense, was black, without being prompted.

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George Zimmerman's DNA and his alone was found on the gun that killed Trayvon Martin in February, according to DNA test results released by officials Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement found Zimmerman’s DNA was on the gun but not Martin's; it is undetermined whether Martin's DNA was on the holster.

George Zimmerman has acknowledged shooting Trayvon Martin, but has maintained that he acted in self-defense in the wake of a confrontation that left him injured.

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  • Trayvon Martin, Hoodie

The DNA tests could play a role in the trial, allowing the prosecution to argue against self-defense since it now seems that Martin never even touched the weapon.

The defense could argue that Zimmerman shot before Martin could grab the gun.

The test results were the latest discovery material released by officials in the murder case, which has become a national flashpoint in race relations and gun laws.

Zimmerman, 28, is free on bail awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder in the killing of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager, in Sanford, Fla.

Zimmerman was not arrested the night of the shooting in the gated community. After weeks of protests about that fact, a special prosecutor charged Zimmerman.

Officials cited missed opportunities by the defendant to diffuse the situation with Martin in charging him with murder; he has apologized to Martin's family twice.

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George Zimmerman appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity last night and issued an apology to the parents of Trayvon Martin.

But the murder suspect also told his interviewer that he doesn't have any regrets over the February incident, saying he wouldn't change much at all regarding his actions on that fateful day - not leaving his car, not owning a gun - and that the shooting of Martin was "all God's plan."

As you can imagine, such a description has riled up Martin's family.

"We must worship a different God," Trayvon's mother, Tracy, told CBS News. "There is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son."

Zimmerman will soon go on trial for second degree murder and faces life in prison.

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In an interview that airs tonight on Fox News - more excerpts from which we'll run tomorrow - George Zimmerman issues an emotional apology to the parents of Trayvon Martin.

Asked if he has a message for the family of the late 17-year old - who Zimmerman admits to shooting - the man on trial for his murder responds:

"I would tell them that, again, I’m sorry... I am sorry that [Trayvon's parents] buried their child ... I can’t imagine what it must feel like and I pray for them daily."

This interview represents the first public statements Zimmerman has made on the case. He's charged with second degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted.

In April, during a bond hearing, Zimmerman made a similar apology to Trayvon's mother and father.

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