Jurors are scheduled to hear opening statements in a Jacksonville courtroom as the retrial of a white Florida man accused of killing a black teenager during an argument over loud music outside a convenience store begins.
About $33,000 was spent to sequester the six female jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman of any crime for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, according to details released Wednesday by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
George Zimmerman’s defense attorney began his final arguments Friday, trying to convince six jurors that the neighborhood watch volunteer acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The six women picked Thursday to serve on the jury in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial come from different backgrounds and they have varying knowledge about the case involving the former neighborhood watch volunteer who claims self-defense in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys personally interviewed 58 potential jurors over seven days about their media exposure to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman last year in Sanford, Fla. They have asked 40 jury candidates to return for the next round of questioning and dismissed scores of others.
Nearly two dozen potential jurors interviewed individually by prosecutors and George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys during the past week were told Friday to return to a Florida courthouse next week for further questioning.
Attorneys trying to narrow down a pool of potential jurors for George Zimmerman’s high-profile murder trial are getting closer to being allowed to ask the candidates more detailed questions about their lives.