Jury selection begins in Trayvon Martin case

George Zimmerman (center) and his attorney Mark O'Mara arrive in court on April 30, 2013
Pool,AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank

(CBS News) Jury selection begins Monday morning in a Florida murder trial that's getting worldwide attention. George Zimmerman is charged with killing an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says he pulled the trigger to save his own life.

"Had Trayvon pulled the trigger and killed George Zimmerman, I'm sure he would have been convicted," said Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin. "And we're looking for justice for our son's killer."

Sixteen months after his son's death, Martin has what he wanted: George Zimmerman on trial for the killing. Unfortunately, no witness saw how the fatal fight began or the shot that ended it.

Whether or not Zimmerman testifies, jurors will need to consider his videotaped re-enactment for police, his sometimes conflicting statements to police and photos of his bloodied head.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman racially profiled Martin and disobeyed a police dispatcher's order to leave Martin alone. In a recording from the police, the dispatcher told Zimmerman that they did not need him to follow Trayvon Martin.

Given this trial's high-profile status, Judge Deborah Nelson will not release the names of the six jurors eventually chosen.

"We are allowed to question, to talk to jurors. We are allowed to question them. We are allowed to have questionnaires; we are allowed to try going into pretrial publicity matters," defense attorney Mark O'Mara's said.

Zimmerman's lawyers also hope to paint Martin as a troubled teen, including photos that show his alleged interest in drugs and guns. His dad said that he has no choice but to be ready to see that side of his son painted.

"I have no choice but to be ready for it. I feel that my son and my family has already taken the worst blow we could take - my son was killed," said Tracy. "My son was taken away from us. You can't do anything worse to us."