Jury selection enters Day 3 in Zimmerman trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm •  Published: June 12, 2013
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After Wednesday's courtroom session had ended, Martin's father, Tracy Martin, said his family was encouraged so far in what he had seen in jury selection.

"We are encouraged as a family that we can get justice for our son Trayvon, and we expect the public to come forth and be honest as potential jurors," Tracy Martin said.

In the jury selection process established by Nelson, once 30 jurors have been questioned individually about pretrial exposure and have not been dismissed for cause or hardships, they will be brought together as a group for broader questioning by lawyers on both sides. The court announced at the end of Wednesday's session that 20 potential jurors thus far are being held over for that next round of questioning. Thus far, Zimmerman's attorneys have been unable to find potential jurors who hadn't heard something about the fatal shooting of Martin.

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.

Attorneys need to find six jurors and four alternates. In Florida, 12 jurors are required only for criminal trials involving capital cases, when the death penalty is being considered.

Defense attorneys have asked potential jurors if being isolated during the trial would be a hardship, indicating they plan to ask Nelson to sequester the jury.

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