Friday, June 14, 2013
George Zimmerman potential jurors dismissed, 23 told to return next week
It appears that there may soon be significant progress as the George Zimmerman trial winds down its first week of jury selection. By Friday, June 14, 2013, 23 potential jurors were told they will need to return to the Seminole County courthouse next week, where they will undergo more intense questioning. George Zimmerman is facing second-degree, murder charges for the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. A 44-day delay from the time of the shooting and Martin's death to when Zimmerman was charged sparked protests nationwide. Some have expressed belief that the George Zimmerman trial is the most significant civil rights trial this century.
At issue is whether George Zimmerman racially profiled Martin while acting as a volunteer, neighborhood watch person. Zimmerman argues that Martin attacked him, prompting him to kill him in self-defense.
Since this is not a death penalty case, the jury panel will consist of six members. The racial and ethnic makeup of the jury panel will be of utmost importance. Four alternate jurors will be selected. Both the prosecution and the defense have settled that 40 potential jurors will be selected then given more in depth questioning in order to find the best jurors for the trial.
Approximately 75 jurors have been dismissed.