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Article published June 20, 2013
All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman’s trial
SANFORD — A jury of six women, five of them white and the other a minority, was picked Thursday to decide the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who says he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense. Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, 29, racially profiled the 17-year-old Martin as he walked back from a convenience store on a rainy night in February 2012 wearing a dark hooded shirt. The race and ethnicity of the minority chosen for the jury was not immediately available. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic. All of their names have been kept confidential and the panel will be sequestered for the trial. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday. The central Florida community of Sanford is in Seminole County, which is 78.5 percent white and 16.5 percent black, roughly mirroring the jury’s racial makeup. Prosecutors and defense attorneys chose the panel of six jurors after almost two weeks of jury selection. In Florida, 12 jurors are required only for criminal trials involving capital cases, when the death penalty is being considered. If convicted, Zimmerman could face a potential life sentence.