Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Tuesday inched toward their goal of finding a pool of 40 potential jurors who will go through a second round of questioning about issues related to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
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.
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.
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.
The jury in the George Zimmerman trial will be sequestered.
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.
Attorneys resumed jury selection Tuesday in the trial of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, interviewing a middle-aged black man who said the case was politicized and a middle-aged white man who questioned the need for Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.
In the first order of business in the trial of a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed teen, a judge Monday denied a defense request to delay the trial’s start.
George Zimmerman’s lead attorney will be walking a fine line as he tries to convince jurors that his client didn’t murder Trayvon Martin: He needs to show why Zimmerman felt threatened by the African-American teenager while avoiding the appearance that either he or his client is racist.
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