George Zimmerman stands as Judge Debra Nelson arrives in Seminole circuit court for his trial Monday. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank)
SANFORD, Fla. — Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial have been dismissed for the day after listening to opening statements from the prosecution and the defense.
Judge Debra Nelson had the jurors leave Monday as they were listening to the fourth witness for the prosecution. The witness was a custodian of police dispatch calls.
During her testimony, prosecutors started playing police calls Zimmerman had made in the months before he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.
Defense attorneys objected, claiming the calls were irrelevant.
The judge said she would address the matter Tuesday and sent the jurors to their hotel where they are being sequestered for the duration of the trial that could last up to a month.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder.