Trayvon Martin Case: Judge reads charge against George Zimmerman to potential jurors

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George Zimmerman, left, appeared in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing ahead of his second-degree murder trial, which launches with jury selection June 10. He stands accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. / AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool

 

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  • SANFORD, Florida (AP) - A Florida judge has read the formal charge against George Zimmerman to 40 potential jurors who could be selected to decide if he committed murder when he shot Trayvon Martin.

    Judge Debra Nelson read the second-degree murder charge Wednesday before 40 potential jurors. Those potential jurors are on moving on to the second round of questioning of what they know about the case involving the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot the unarmed 17-year-old last year.

    Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

    Both Zimmerman's parents and Martin's parents were in the courtroom when the charge was read.

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