Attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial have now questioned over 100 potential jurors. At the close of day 4, the Orlando Sentinel reports that 85 of them had been dismissed and at least 24 have made it to the next round.
A pool of 40 prospective jurors will be subjected to broader questioning before being narrowed down to the final group of 6 jurors and 4 alternates.
A “middle aged housewife” was surprisingly frank in her questioning, telling attorneys that she believed Zimmerman is innocent and that Trayvon Martin was an out-of-control teen in search of a fight. She described the pictures and text messages on the victim’s cell phone that had been leaked to the public by the defense in order to suggest that Zimmerman had little choice but to defend himself.
“It seems to me that he's looking for someone to fight…I think George was just trying to protect his neighborhood,” she explained.
It is unlikely that the woman will be selected for the jury. Another potential juror—a male originally from Puerto Rico—told attorneys that the case had already caused him great stress and that he was unable to sleep through the night.
Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson announced that she will sequester jurors,—meaning once the trial has officially begun, they won't be allowed to go home and will have limited access to others. She has estimated that the trial will take 2 to 4 weeks, which is significantly shorter than the 6 weeks projected by others associated with the case.
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