Expert: George Zimmerman case not as popular as Casey Anthony

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Longtime defense attorney Joe Episcopo talks with 10 news after an all-women jury was selected in the Geroge Zimmerman murder trial
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    Sanford, Florida - It's official. After nine days of questioning and 211 juror questionnaires, a jury was finally seated in the George Zimmerman murder trial.  

    Most people would think that news of a seated jury would be enough to make headlines. But, it's the make-up of the jury that has everyone talking and analyzing what will happen next.

    It is a jury of all women.

    The Seminole Six, along with four alternates, will hear opening statements Monday in the case where George Zimmerman, 29, is accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, 17, last year. 

    Zimmerman claims it was self-defense. Martin was unarmed the night he was shot, and he was found with Skittles and an iced tea.

    Defense attorney, Mark O'Mara, is representing Zimmerman and told reporters, "This [jury] is probably as critical if not more critical than the evidence."  

    Not only is the jury all women, the jurors are all white, except for one minority, a Hispanic. The women range in age from their thirties to their sixties. Three of them work, two are retired, and and one is a stay at home mom.  All of them are married except for one.  

    So, how will an all-women jury affect the trial? One expert says women tend to be softer and not as harsh.

    Longtime defense attorney Joe Episcopo told 10 News, "Women always think, 'Eell do you have to kill the person? Couldn't you just wound them; couldn't you just warn them?'"

    "They don't generally understand when a gun is pulled, you shoot the person to kill them if you feel you are in danger of great bodily harm or death," he added. "You don't scare a person by pointing a gun at them; they'll take the gun away and shoot you!"

    Another topic people are talking about with today's seating of a jury - how does this trial stack up against another high profile Florida murder case, Casey Anthony?

    Episcopo says don't look for the drama or the obsession-like following of Casey Anthony because it just isn't there. The Zimmerman case is completely different

    "It's not Casey Anthony. It doesn't have the elements of Casey Anthony, which were much more interesting- a murdered baby, who did it?- This isn't even a whodunnit," he said. "There's really not much drama and I don't think this case will have as much following as everyone thinks it will."

    The parents of Trayvon Martin reacted to the news of jury being seated. 

    "This case has always been about equal justice- not a black value or a white value. It's an American value. We expect the jury pool to do their duty and be fair and impartial. We firmly believe that when these jurors see the overwhelming evidence that will be put before them in the coming weeks, they will find George Zimmerman guilty of murder."

    The alternate jurors are all-white, and include two men and two women.

    The judge also said today that she will make a ruling in the Frye hearing on Friday, where she'll decide if voice-recognition techonology can be used at trial to analyze 911 calls the night Trayon Martin was killed.

    Follow 10 News Reporter Melanie Michael on twitter @WTSPMelanie

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