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Defense: George Zimmerman was 'sucker punched'

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  • Defense attorney Don West delivers opening statement in the Zimmerman trial
  • He said the evidence will show that Zimmerman was attacked suddenly in Florida neighborhood

The defense in the George Zimmerman trial gave its opening statement Monday, describing the events of Feb. 26, 2012 as a brutal surprise attack by Trayvon Martin on an unsuspecting nightwatch captain.

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: The George Zimmerman Case

Attorney Don West said that Zimmerman was "sucker punched in the face" by Martin that night, and that the night watchman had his head "pounded into the concrete" during the struggle. West said what happened next -- the fatal shooting of the 17-year-old -- was nothing less than "tragic."

You can follow the latest on the trial's first day of opening statements with our live blog.

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