Buzz builds over jury notices for George Zimmerman trial

By Jeff Allen, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

Many people in Seminole County are right now getting jury notices that could lead them to the huge role of deciding George Zimmerman’s fate.

But are some people talking about getting a notice too much? And could that affect how fair of a trial Zimmerman could get?

“They’re all excited, everybody’s watching the mailbox every day to see if they’re going to get one of those letters that come through the mail,” said Francis Oliver, the Curator of Sanford’s Goldsboro Museum.

And when people do get them, some are talking about it a lot -- even on Facebook. There’s a post for example, where one man writes,

“I'm for a life sentence without hearing any evidence. I'm pretty sure they'll send me home.” He goes on to say, “I also believe in a fair trial for all but I'm not the right guy for this case.”

Oliver, who led protests last year pushing for Zimmerman’s arrest, said she wants a fair trial for both sides.

She said even people with strong opinions about the case can consider both sides at trial. She worries some potential jurors are going too far.

“Don’t get eliminated before you even get a chance to be questioned. We definitely don’t want it to the point that all blacks are eliminated because we got over excited and blew our chances. At least give us a chance. Give yourself a chance,” said Oliver.

Oliver even posted a notice on her own Facebook page, advising people of what not to do if you get a summons.

“Just kind of calm down, keep our mouths closed, take your envelope, report to wherever they tell us to report,” said Oliver.

Five hundred of those summoned will eventually be asked to report for jury duty on June 10 for Zimmerman’s trial. Jury selection will then dwindle that down to six people that will decide the case.

So who gets a jury summons?

The court sends them out randomly to people that are legal residents, at least 18 years old, and have a valid driver’s license or identification card.

You can find more information on the Seminole County Clerk of Courts’ website.