George Zimmerman will face an all female jury in the second-degree murder case for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Jury selection started last week.
In total 10 people, six jurors and four alternates, will be selected. Five of the six women chosen are white. All jurors will be sequestered.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Attorneys are in the process of choosing the four alternates in the case.
Attorneys in the trial of George Zimmerman wrapped up jury selection questioning this morning, which means a jury will soon be seated to try Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The lawyers are currently discussing which jurors they want to strike from the jury pool, and choosing those who will ultimately try the high profile case.
Each side, state and defense, can excuse 10 jurors without having to explain why. In addition, other jurors will likely be excused “for cause” should Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson decide they’re unfit.
The attorneys and judge hope the process will find 10Seminole County residents — six jurors and four alternates — to try the case.
The potential jurors were questioned this morning by Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara. When he finished, the jurors were sent out for lunch.
O’Mara, Zimmerman’s head defense lawyer used direct questions to gauge potential jurors’ ability to give his client a fair trial. O’Mara was blatant with the prospects, asking one what their verdict would be today. “It would be not guilty,” the person replied noting that a “person is innocent until proven guilty.”
A second juror known only as B-72 placed the burden of proof on the stage versus Zimmerman’s team. “That’s the way the system works, I’ve never questioned it.”
Zimmerman’s family has remained supportive vocalizing their belief in his incense, and calling out the racism in the case. While Martin’s shooting is seen by some as a case of racial prejudice on the side of the 29-year-old accused killer, Robert Zimmerman Sr. sees things differently. In an e-book posted online, the elder Zimmerman pegged Black America as the true racists.
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