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Trial starts for man in George Zimmerman road-rage case

  • FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, George Zimmerman gestures during his testimony at a hearing for accused shooter Matthew Apperson in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla.   Testimony begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 in Apperson's attempted second-degree murder trial. Authorities say he shot at Zimmerman during a traffic incident last year. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

    FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, George Zimmerman gestures during his testimony at a hearing for accused shooter Matthew Apperson in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Testimony begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 in Apperson's attempted second-degree murder trial. Authorities say he shot at Zimmerman during a traffic incident last year. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, Matthew Apperson reacts to testimony from George Zimmerman during Apperson's hearing  in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla.  Testimony begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 in Apperson's attempted second-degree murder trial. Authorities say he shot at Zimmerman during a traffic incident last year. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)

    FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, Matthew Apperson reacts to testimony from George Zimmerman during Apperson's hearing in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Testimony begins Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 in Apperson's attempted second-degree murder trial. Authorities say he shot at Zimmerman during a traffic incident last year. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

A trial is starting this week for a Florida man accused of shooting at former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in a road-rage case.

Testimony begins Tuesday in Matthew Apperson's attempted second-degree murder trial. Authorities say he shot at Zimmerman during a traffic incident last year.

Zimmerman told officers he had been driving in the Orlando suburb of Lake Mary when Apperson got behind his truck, yelled and fired a gun at his car a short time later, leaving a bullet hole in a window.

A police report says Apperson had a fixation on Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was acquitted three years ago in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old. That case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations.