SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A jury of six women, five of them white and the other a minority, was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in self-defense.

Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, 29, racially profiled the 17-year-old Martin as he walked back from a convenience store on Feb. 26, 2012, in the rain, wearing a dark hooded shirt. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

The race and ethnicity of the minority chosen for the jury was not immediately available.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys chose the panel of six jurors after almost two weeks of jury selection. In Florida, 12 jurors are required only for criminal trials involving capital cases, when the death penalty is being considered.

Martin’s shooting death and the initial decision not to charge Zimmerman led to public outrage and demonstrations around the nation, with some accusing Sanford police of failing to thoroughly investigate the shooting.

The six jurors were culled from a pool of 40 jury candidates who made it into a second round of jury questioning.

Before selecting the jurors Thursday, defense attorney Mark O’Mara explored potential jurors’ views on whether they thought sympathy should play a role in deciding a case. Juror B-72, a young Hispanic man, said he wasn’t affected by sympathetic people because he’s never had many close relationships.

“So when a person might seem sympathetic, to me it’s indifferent,” he said.

O’Mara also asked the jurors about when they thought self-defense could be used. Juror H-6, a white man in his 30s, said he thought deadly force could be warranted if a person feels danger.

“I feel that if you’re somewhere you’re supposed to be and allowed to be, you should have the right to defend yourself,” he said.

O’Mara met resistance from the judge when he tried to characterize the definition for justifiable use of deadly force.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda objected multiple times during O’Mara’s line of questioning, eventually leading to Judge Debra Nelson to twice read what will be the jury instruction once the final jury is selection.

“I don’t want either side to give an interpretation on the law,” Nelson said.

O’Mara said screening the prospective jurors for any biases or prejudices “is probably as critical if not more critical than the evidence.”

“If you bring that into the courtroom, then what we can’t get is a fair verdict,” he said.

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8 thoughts on “All-Women Jury Chosen For George Zimmerman’s Trial

  1. Okay, folks, we could settle the mystery of “WHOSE VOICE IS IT ON THAT 911 TAPE?” once and for all – and quite easily, too! The defense says it’s George Zimmerman’s voice begging for his life; the prosecution says that it’s Travon Martin’s voice. Fine.

    Although it is difficult to discern just what that voice is saying, the timbre is quite clear and recognizable. Here’s what they do: Just ask George to reproduce that voice for the benefit of the jury. That’s all there is to it! If he’s able to replicate the voice on that recording, the state hasn’t much of a case. If he can, the defense wins the day. The fact that they have not – as of yet – offered Zimmerman’s voice as evidence speaks volumes. Am I the first one to think of this?

    Tom Degan

  2. 5 white women tends to stack the deck against justice being served in this case. If it were 5 Black women, there would be a loud cry of foul play yet if you don’t see this as strange, you’re out of your mind. Black people need to keep a close eye on this case as Sanford, Fla appears to be a bit like 60’s Mississippi in their mindset about Black people to begin with. There is trouble brewing and I hope the Martin famliy’s lawyer is up to the task.

    • JanCorey on said:

      Garry, justice was already achieved the second Trayvon Martin stopped assaulting Mr. Zimmerman due to the bullet being lodged into his chest. That was true Justice!!! Gun-Control is being able to hit your target. Now, it’s time to go after that dope-head’s parents for endangering our communities if you ask me. LWOP for each is my preference.

  3. there is not one woman on this jury that will have sympathy for trayvon martin, because black males are looked down upon in this country, and this jury will take no time in finding the murderer zimmerman innocent

    • JanCorey on said:

      I agree with you 100% Sylvester Bonds, plus if the jury considers the facts in this case, Mr. Zimmerman will surely be acquitted and hopefully then the parents of Trayvon will both be arrested, charged, and sentenced to LWOP for allowing their son to endanger our communities.

  4. JanCorey on said:

    Another day closer to an upcoming acquittal if true-Justice prevails in this case. Maybe the politicians can mark this case with a “Shoot-a-Hoodie-Day” where no gun owners would be charged with any crime if they were to eliminate a law-violating-hoodie like Trayvon Martin.

  5. There goes the fairt verdict out the window. This sucks. I wouldn’t be surprised if the fix was in from the beginning. The police were not going to do anything about this child’s death until forced to. So goes the Prosecution team. This makes me sick, but it’s a sign of the times. Black people had better wake up. We need to rise up in unity. In a perfect world, ce la vie. This is not a perfect world and it is not moving toward being a perfect world. We need to quit cross-breeding and get serious about the quality of the life of ALL Black people. This makes me sick.

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