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Man accused of shooting George Zimmerman in road rage incident stands trial

SANFORD, FL - JULY 11:  Defendant George Zimmerman arrives for his murder trial in Semimole circuit court July 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that the jury can also consider a manslaughter charge along with the second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

SANFORD, FL - JULY 11: Defendant George Zimmerman arrives for his murder trial in Semimole circuit court July 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that the jury can also consider a manslaughter charge along with the second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)  (2013 Getty Images)

A trial is starting this week in Florida for a 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.

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