Court started with a warning not to bring cell phones that are turned on into court. This rule was issued after someone's cell rang during Wednesday's proceedings.
From now on, anyone who has a ringing phone during court will be told to leave the courtroom. As has been the case since the first day of the trial, Trayvon Martin's parents were in attendance. The most significant developments were that
|George Zimmerman in court on June 13, 2013|
Court began at approximately 9:10 a.m. and the first potential juror to be questioned was E-50. E-50 answered questions regarding his familiarity with the case and stated that he heard about large crowds and was familiar with George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin as he had seen pictures of them. He also told defense attorney Mark O'Mara that he likes to play golf and being sequestered would interfere with his golf game. When asked about the racial tones of the case, e-50 said he felt that the racial aspect had been overblown.
Next up for questioning was potential juror E-75. He was a recent high school graduate who said that while a junior in high school during the time of the shooting; he had friends and acquaintances who said they personally knew Trayvon Martin. He also stated that many in his school believed that George Zimmerman was guilty, but he remained neutral and hadn't formed an opinion on the case.
Juror E-81 came to court with her mind made up and a clear attitude that she didn't want to be on the jury. When asked if she had heard about the case, she stated that she believed George Zimmerman was innocent due to the photos of his bloodied head and nose. She also referred to newly released photos of Trayvon Martin with a gun and marijuana and said since Travyon Martin was headed down a wrong path, she believed he was the aggressor. E-81 said she did not want to be on the jury because no matter the outcome, she would have a target on her back.
Potential juror K-80 said that she followed the case when it happened, but then compared it to Casey Anthony and felt it had been blown out of proportion. She did not trust media spin but said she was bothered by the racial aspects of the case. She also stated she sympathizes with Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton. Despite not wanting to be on the jury and fearing what would happen should her name be released after a verdict is rendered, K-80 said indicated could be fair and impartial and render a verdict based upon the evidence.
K-95 said she is taking online classes that finish in July and she could handle being sequestered as long as she had Internet access. She also said she remembered traffic problems due to the protests but wasn't sure why people were protesting.
Juror N-18 reads the Bible instead of watching news and said that he believes all murder is against God's commands, therefore George Zimmerman was guilty.
Potential juror B-34 said he could not keep an open mind and believed George Zimmerman was guilty. He was excused quickly.
Potential juror B-67 stated she couldn't judge as no one can be anyone's judge but God.
Potential juror P-67 says that he is familiar with the case and believed it was a fatal accident. He indicated he didn't think it was a racial incident.
G-14 willingly admitted to seeing much pretrial publicity regarding the case. She also said that after receiving her summons to court she researched different cases and read more information regarding the Zimmerman, Martin case. Though she was familiar with the events, she said she could remain open to the evidence the state and defense presented.
Potential juror B-65 had been questioned on Tuesday. She returned Wednesday and said that it would be a hardship for her to be on the trial.