West said some witnesses saw Zimmerman on top of Martin, face down, but it's not possible because Martin was shot in the chest. West said Zimmerman was on top of Martin after the shot was fired.
West said a witness saw Zimmerman and Martin together before the shot was fired. He said the witness could see a person in dark clothes mounted on top of the person with the red shirt hitting him, describing the move as a "ground and pound."
West said the witness tried to tell them to stop fighting and that Zimmerman was crying out for help. The witness said Zimmerman cried out for help until the shot was fired.
The defense showed jurors pictures of Zimmerman's injuries after the shooting. One juror looked at the pictures then looked down to her notes.
West described Zimmerman as calm after experiencing the "most traumatic event of his life," and not showing ill-will, spite or hatred as the state must prove for the second-degree murder charge.
He then showed pictures of Zimmerman's gun and holster, Martin wearing a hooded sweatshirt in 7-Eleven buying a fruit drink and Skittles and Zimmerman's injuries.
The defense has also prepared an animation re-creating the movements of Zimmerman and Martin the night of the shooting. It has not been introduced to the jury yet.
Judge Debra S. Nelson called a lunch recess as West's opening statements neared the 2-hour mark.
Upon returning from lunch, West refuted the state's claim that Zimmerman pressed the gun into Martin's chest by saying the gunshot was from an intermediate range, not contact, according to the autopsy. West said the hooded sweatshirt was separated from the skin by several inches caused by Martin leaning over and by the full fruit drink in the sweatshirt pocket.
West said gunshot forensics support eyewitness accounts that Martin was on top.
"He did have the gun and thank God because...he was able to retrieve the gun when he couldn't take it anymore," West said.
West then showed pictures of Martin's pants, showing dirt on the knees and suggesting Martin was on top of Zimmerman.
The state objected to West bringing up Martin family lawyers and the public's pressure to release 911 tapes, to which Nelson sustained, saying West was getting too deep into pre-charge controversy.
Nelson again shut down the defense casting doubts on motives and statements of Martin's family, saying that West's comments about evidence are for closing arguments, not opening statements.
Nelson also wouldn't let the defense argue the self-defense law in openings.
West then discussed Zimmerman's lifestyle change to lose weight before the shooting occurred by taking boxing classes at a Lake Mary gym. According to the gym manager, Zimmerman was described as "not athletic" and "soft," West said, adding that Zimmerman only did bag work and didn't box in the ring.
West slips in that Zimmerman "has been living in hiding for the last year" to explain Zimmerman's weight gain from February 2012.
To close his opening statements, West said that Martin armed himself with a concrete sidewalk and used it to bash Zimmerman's head.
"That is a deadly weapon," West said. "No different that if he picked up a brick or bashed his head against a wall."
The first matter taken up on Monday was the state invoking its rule of sequestration, with the defense seeking exception for Zimmerman's mother and father. Nelson said any Zimmerman family who could be witnesses must leave the courtroom and can come after the state concludes its case.
Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, and his parents then left the courtroom. The defense then sought the Martin's family attorney Benjamin Crump, calling him a "substantive witness," to leave.
Nelson held the hearing after opening statements were completed on Monday. Defense attorney and former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara questioned if Crump in court prejudiced Zimmerman.
"As long as Mr. Crump is going to be remaining on the witness list he will not be allowed to be in court," Nelson ruled after lunch on Monday, saying they don't need a "lawful representative" since the family is in the court room.
O'Mara then said Tracy Martin cursed at a member of the Zimmerman family in the courtroom and that he has not asked that Trayvon Martin's mother be forced to leave. Nelson responded by saying that it didn't occur in open court, because if so, she would have admonished him.
The defense then called Zimmerman's friend, Timothy Tucholski, to the stand to discuss when Tracy Martin cursed at him in the courtroom as he was holding the door for him two weeks ago in court. Tucholski said he then told Shellie Zimmerman.