Attorneys need to find six jurors and four alternates. In Florida, 12 jurors are required only for criminal trials involving capital cases, when the death penalty is being considered.
Potential panelists included a recent high school graduate who said classmates at his central Florida high school claimed to be friends with Martin even though Martin was from the Miami area. But the overwhelming opinion of his classmates and friends on social media was that “George was guilty,” although he made it clear he had never voiced his opinion.
When asked if he thought race played a role in the case, he said, “For sure.”
“It just got people really riled up,” he said.
Following him was a middle-aged white woman who appeared to already have made up her mind. Her impression was that Martin’s prior use of marijuana and an image of a gun found on his cell phone were indications that “he was going down the wrong path.” She also said she believed Zimmerman was just “looking after his neighborhood.”
“I believe every American has a right to defend himself,” said the woman, known as Juror E-81. “I think the more people armed, the better.”