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Friday, June 21, 2013

All-Female Jury Chosen for George Zimmerman Trial; 5 of the 6 Women Are White

George Zimmerman Trial Begins

A jury of six women has finally been chosen for the trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The jury will decide whether Zimmerman, 29, is guilty of murdering Trayvon, 17, in the controversial case that rocked the country last year.

Zimmerman has since pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, saying that he killed the teen in self-defense after being attacked. Prosecutors say he racially-profiled Martin, and then murdered him.

Zimmerman's lawyer was pleased that a jury had been selected. "He's been waiting to clear his name for 15 to 16 months," he said. "It's been a long time coming."

An attorney for Trayvon's parents said the family also was pleased with the jury being seated.

Legal experts all agree that the racial makeup of the jury would be a key factor for both sides. Five of the six women are white, and according to questionnaires they all completed, they all have different views on law enforcement, self-defense and the use of firearms.

The opening statements for the trial are expected to begin Monday, June 24, 2013.

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