All-Female Jury Chosen for Zimmerman Trial

The trial in the shooting of Trayvon Martin is expected to last up to four weeks.

Posted: 06/20/2013 02:51 PM EDT

An all-female jury, five who are white and one a minority, has been chosen in George Zimmerman's trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The six jurors were taken from a pool of 40 candidates who made it into a second round of questioning. Jury selection took almost two weeks.

Wirtes the Associated Press:

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.

Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

 

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