Sybrina Fulton, lower left, and Tracy Martin, center, the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, arrive in court with their attorney, Benjamin Crump, standing right, for the first day of the murder trial of George Zimmerman, in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, Monday, June 10, 2013.
(CBS) -- The family of Trayvon
Martin, the Florida teen killed during a confrontation with former
neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, spoke out Monday as
Zimmerman's murder trial got underway, calling for justice for their son
and a "fair and impartial" trial.
are relieved the start of the trial is here with jury selection as we
seek justice for our son Trayvon," said Tracy Martin, the teen's father.
"We also seek a fair and impartial trial and we ask that the community
continue to stay peaceful as we place our faith in the justice system."
Jury selection in the high-profile case launched Monday as dozens of jurors reported to the courthouse, the Orlando Sentinel reported. A
total jury pool of 500 is expected to be called, with 100 more
potential jurors arriving each day until the jury is seated, reports the
paper. The selection process could take up to three weeks.
is charged with second-degree murder for the deadly confrontation in a
gated community in Sanford, Fla., the night on Feb. 26, 2012. He claims
he killed the teen in self-defense.
Also speaking to reporters
Monday was Robert Zimmerman Jr., George Zimmerman's older brother.
Zimmerman praised the defense team and said he doesn't believe the state
will be able to meet its burden in proving that his brother wasn't
acting in self-defense.
"I think it's important for the jurors to
get to know George is a real person and not just whatever image is being
splashed across the screen," Zimmerman said. "He's a very sensitive
person, generous and likeable when you get to know him."
last week with CBS News' Crimesider, Robert Zimmerman said he believes
his brother was improperly charged. His family has "no doubt" he will be
acquitted, Zimmerman said.
Court resumed at 2 p.m. following a lunch recess.