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How did we get to this point in the Zimmerman trial?

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SANFORD, Fla. - The George Zimmerman murder trial begins Monday morning in Seminole County.

Zimmerman has plead not guilty to second-degree murder after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford.

A hearing that was held over from Saturday regarding 911 tapes from the night of the murder is first on the agenda Monday.

But here are key dates in the case that have led up to this point so far:

February 26, 2012 - Martin is found shot to death inside a gated community. Zimmerman is questioned and tells police he shot the teen in self-defense. No arrest is made.

March 31, 2012 - Hundreds of people attend a NAACP rally in Sanford to bring attention to the case.

April 11, 2012 - State Attorney Angela Corey announces Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder after being appointed to prosecute the case.

April 20, 2012 - Zimmerman apologizes to the Martin family.

May 1, 2012 - Florida Governor Rick Scott's Stand Your Ground task force meets to examine the self-defense law.

June 21, 2012 - Zimmerman's attorney releases video of him re-enacting the night of the shooting.

November 14, 2012 - Governor Scott's task force recommends no major changes to Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

February 26, 2013 - Martin's parents hold a rally in New York to mark the one year anniversary of their son's death.

April 30, 2013 - Zimmerman waives a pretrial Stand Your Ground hearing, solidifying a self-defense strategy for his trial.

June 10, 2013 - Jury selection is scheduled to begin in what is anticipated to be a lengthy trial in Seminole County.

In all, 500 people have been pooled as potential jury members, but only six will be seated. In addition, there will be four alternates.

Previous rulings have decided the jury members will only be identified by numbers and will not be banned from being the subject of any photography in the courtroom.

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