The mother whose 18-year-old “lives in a hoodie” was in. So was the young man who said he paid little attention to the story of the shooting but remembers first hearing about it while doing a one-arm pull-up at the gym.
The woman who believed “the more guns the better” was out. So was the bearded guitarist who claimed to have no opinion on the case — until the judge confronted him for writing a Facebook posting suggesting the local police department was not just corrupt, but in need of an enema.
After eight days in which 40 potential jurors have been culled from a sea of hundreds, a final jury of six people is on the verge of being seated in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the volunteer community watchman who fatally shot an unarmed Black teenager, Trayvon Martin, 16 months ago.
Mr. Martin was wearing a hoodie against a steady drizzle and was walking back to the home in the modest gated community where he was staying when he encountered Mr. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic. His death turned him into a national symbol of injustice for some, with civil rights leaders leading marches demanding that Mr. Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense, be arrested, demonstrators wearing hoodies and even President Obama weighing in.