Prosecutors in Florida can argue in opening statements that George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin based on factors such as age or clothing before he shot the unarmed black teenager, but they cannot say he was profiled based on race, a judge ruled Friday.
One potential juror at George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial belongs to the National Rifle Association.
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.
A defense attorney in George Zimmerman’s murder trial said at the end of the first week of jury selection that he thinks a jury could be seated by the middle of next week.
The six jurors and four alternates who eventually will decide whether George Zimmerman committed murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin will have limited contact with the outside world during the two weeks to a month it will take to hold the trial.
After three days of trying to seat a jury, prosecutors and attorneys for George Zimmerman have interviewed two dozen potential jurors but are still a half-dozen short of being able to go into the next round of 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.
For a second day in a row, a Florida judge is weighing whether to allow certain voice experts to testify at George Zimmerman’s trial.
A Florida judge on Thursday denied a defense request to let a handful of witnesses testify confidentiality during George Zimmerman’s trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
A Florida judge has denied a defense request to let a handful of witnesses testify confidentiality during George Zimmerman’s trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.