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.
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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."
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