After seven days, jury selection continues in the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman trial and no jurors have been seated. However, 40 potential jurors have made it to the second round of interviews.
Today, eight more residents of Seminole County were questioned about their knowledge of the case. Several of them felt the media’s coverage wasn’t always completely accurate. I-24, an older white woman, stated that the media does a “great disservice to the public” by assuming fault too quickly. When the lawyer asked how she would describe the case to someone, she answered, "a young man lost his life and another man is fighting for his life."
Juror I-5, a middle-aged African-American man, recalled watching the cable network HLN and feeling they were biased against the defendant. He worried they might be "prosecuting a person" ahead of his "day in court." Still, he insists he has shaped “no firm opinion.”
Defense attorneys and prosecutors have interviewed more than 50 potential jurors since the June 10 start of the trial. So far, the candidates are predominantly female, white and middle-aged.
George Zimmerman is accused of killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, last February as Martin walked home in the dark from a convenience store. Zimmerman, who claims it was in self-defense, is charged with second-degree manslaughter.
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