Zimmerman trial attorneys pick 40 potential jurors

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm •  Published: June 18, 2013
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The potential jurors include an older white man who works as an unemployed contractor and said he felt compassion for both Martin and Zimmerman; a middle-aged black man who owns vending machines and didn't like the racial overtones assigned to the shooting by civil rights leaders; a mixed-race woman in her 20s who is more than five months pregnant; and a white man in his 30s who said Zimmerman sounded like "a concerned neighbor."

Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Four prospective jurors questioned Tuesday morning expressed no strong opinions about the case. They included a mixed-race man in his 50s, a mixed-race woman in her 20s, a white woman in her 20s and a black man in his 50s.

When asked what his impressions were about the case, the mixed-race man in his 50s said, "You had a family grieving for the loss of their son. You have another family grieving for the potential loss of their loved one to this process. You had supporters on both sides, and some people were very angry."

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