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Jury selection hits day two in George Zimmerman trial

11:00 AM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. - Jury selection in the murder trial of George Zimmerman will continue at 9 a.m. today at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford.

Zimmerman has plead not guilty to second-degree murder charges after the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

Zimmerman has admitted he shot and killed the teenager, but has contended since the beginning it was in self-defense.

So far, only four potential jurors have been questioned in court, which means this process could take a while.

A total of 500 potential jurors were pooled initially for this high profile case.

The court is bringing in the potential jurors day by day as needed to fill out questionnaires in groups of 100 at a time.

The reason it appears to be taking so long, according to First Coast News' legal sources, is question number four on the questionnaire.

That question deals with any prior knowledge of the case the potential jurors might have, including conversations with friends or family and consumption of news media.

Prosecutors and the defense combined are spending roughly 45 minutes interviewing each potential juror.

So far, they've had mixed reactions to the questions.

Some have claimed to have little to no knowledge of the case. Others have admitted to knowing who the key players are and roughly what transpired the night Martin was killed.

It is unclear yet if any jurors have been dismissed or disqualified.

The court is seating six for this case and four alternates. No timeline has been given for when the jury needs to be complete.


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