SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors and George Zimmerman‘s defense attorneys are returning for a second week of jury selection in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial.
Defense attorneys are confident they can pick a jury in the Florida county where the neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community last year. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense.
Attorneys resume first-round of questioning Monday of potential jurors about their media exposure to the case that inspired protests nationwide. They’ve interviewed 41 prospects already.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are seeking a pool of 40 potential jurors who have been screened for any influence of pretrial publicity before they move to a second round of questioning.