SANFORD, Florida (AP) - A 65-year-old who said both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin were at fault in Martin's fatal shooting was among four potential jurors interviewed by attorneys during the first day of Zimmerman's trial on second-degree murder charges in central Florida.
Jury selection continued Tuesday as prosecuting and defense attorneys questioned dozens of potential jurors, a process that's expected to take all week, if not longer.
According to a report sent Tuesday night, 30 potential jurors were dismissed as Tuesday came to a close.
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Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer, is pleading not
guilty to a charge that could carry a life sentence if convicted. He
claims he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.
Nelson has said she will keep the identities of the selected jurors
anonymous, but she rejected a defense request to sequester the initial
jury pool of 500 residents. The familiarity of the first four jurors
questioned Monday ranged from specific details of the February 2012
encounter to vague outlines of the incident and the circumstances that
led to the deadly encounter.
"B30", a 65-year-old man with hearing loss, said he recalled Martin's
parents going public about their concerns over the lack of an immediate
arrest last year and more recently testimony over whether
voice-recognition experts should be allowed to testify at trial.
was fault on both sides as far as I can see, two people being in the
wrong place at the wrong time," he said. "Two people who instigated
something that could have been avoided."
A woman in her 50s who
watches TV games shows said she believed she could be unbiased even
though she knew some basic facts of the case. Another woman in her late
30s who recently moved from Chicago and works in a nursing home, said
she only had a passing familiarity with the case - mainly images she saw
of people wearing T-shirts with Martin's face on them.
don't know anything about the case," said the woman, known as Juror
"B29." ''But I believe at the end of the day, you have to listen to both
The first group of 100 potential jurors filled out
questionnaires about themselves and their ability to serve before they
were verbally questioned. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are trying
to find six objective members and four alternates. In Florida, 12 jurors
are required only for criminal trials involving capital cases, when the
death penalty is being considered.
None of the jury candidates who were questioned said it would be a hardship to serve on the panel.
said the jury selection would alternate with the continuation of a
hearing to determine whether she will allow the testimony of
voice-recognition experts who say they might be able to identify who was
screaming on a 911 tape recorded during Zimmerman's confrontation with
Thus far, the experts have reached mixed conclusions.
Defense attorneys don't want them to testify. No testimony took place
The trial is being held in the Orlando suburb of Sanford,
Fla., the scene of massive protests last year by people who were angered
that authorities waited 44 days before charging Zimmerman.
There is no dispute Zimmerman shot an unarmed Martin during a fight on a rainy night in February 2012.
Florida's "stand your ground" law, Zimmerman, 29, could shoot Martin in
self-defense if it was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.