Zimmerman Pretrial Reaches Benchmark, Moves to New Phase

Attorneys in George Zimmerman's trial find forty jurors whose opinions about Trayvon Martin's death have not been tainted by the media.

By Aura Bogado Jun 18, 2013

George Zimmerman’s pretrial just inched closer to an actual hearing today when attorneys agreed on 40 jurors who made it through the publicity stage of questions. That means those 40–who attorneys believe have not been tainted by media accounts of Trayvon Martin’s death and the protests that followed–can now move on to the regular line of questioning to determine a final jury pool.

The original pool was racially mixed–and some responses might surprise readers. The Orlando Sentinel reports, for example, that at least one African-American potential juror thought Zimmerman was prosecuted by network news before having his day in court.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. His case will be decided by six Seminole County, Florida jurors–with four alternates as back-ups.