SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's attorneys will be walking a fine line as they attempt to convince a jury that their client fatally shot a 17-year-old teen out of fear for his life and that he didn't trail him in the moments before the confrontation because Trayvon Martin was black.
Jury selection in Zimmerman's trial is scheduled to begin Monday. He is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last year.
Lead attorney Mark O'Mara's challenge is to avoid making either himself or Zimmerman look racist while explaining why Zimmerman felt threatened by the African-American teenager. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.
To obtain a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that while the shooting wasn't premeditated, Zimmerman demonstrated a "depraved mind" and didn't consider the threat his actions had toward human life.