"Dunn had every right under the law to not be a victim, to be judged by 12, not carried by six," Strolla said.

Forty minutes after he began, Strolla ended his statement saying: "There's only one just and lawful verdict, and that verdict will be not guilty."

Following opening statements, prosecutors called their witnesses. First to testify was Davis' girlfriend, Aliyah Harris, who saw him the night he was killed. Then it was Steven Smith, who saw the shooting.

"The driver (fired the shots). Shots were fired at the Durango," Smith said. "The Durango backed out and took off toward Southside Boulevard."

Andrew Williams tried CPR on Davis.

"I pulled up to the car and a young man had been hit," Williams said. "He wasn't moving. And another young man was crying."

And Shawn Atkins, in prison for burglary, took down Dunn's license plate number on a paper bag.

None of those witnesses said they saw a gun on Davis or in the teens' SUV.

After court ended Thursday, Davis' parents said they felt good about what happened and realize Strolla is doing his job in reference to his opening statements, saying Davis was the aggressor.

The proceedings began one day after a panel of 12 jurors and four alternates was seated to hear the closely watched case with similarities to the prosecution of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The jury chosen includes of five white women, three black women, an Asian woman and an Indian or Middle Eastern woman, along with five white men and a Hispanic man. Jurors will not be told who the alternates are until just before they begin deliberations at the end of the trial -- likely late next week.

There were dozens of members of the media, lots of police officers in the area, and several demonstrators in front of the courthouse as the trial was set to begin.

Some of the demonstrators were also in Sanford for the George Zimmerman trial in the death of Trayvon Martin.Demonstrators for Michael Dunn trial

"The same issues are at play," Dave Schneider said. "Justice wasn't served for Trayvon Martin, and I think everyone in Jacksonville has strong concerns that with Angela Corey at hand, justice will be served in yet another killing of a young black man. And we are out here today because one way or another we want to make sure that Michael Dunn spends the rest of his life in prison."

Corey has said she will not comment about the case at all outside of the courtroom.