Day 2 of jury selection in George Zimmerman's murder trial has wrapped up after 10 jurors were questioned at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center.
Lawyers on both sides of the case interviewed seven women and three men, asking them about everything from what they've already heard about the ongoing case to what shows they watch on TV.
Jury selection so far
After court ended Tuesday, a Seminole County court official gave some insight about the jury selection process:
- The Zimmerman jury pool started at 500.
- That pool was separated into five groups of 100, one group for each weekday starting Monday, June 10.
- Of Monday's group of 100 jurors, 41 were dismissed, including one who was dismissed after questioning.
- Of Tuesday's group, 30 were dismissed.
- Wednesday's group of 100 people summoned do not have to report Wednesday, and are on call.
- Pre-publicity voir dire questioning will continue until counsel reaches 30 jurors not stricken for cause.
- Those 30 jurors will then face a second round of traditional voir dire questioning.
- From that group of 30, six jurors and at least two alternates are needed.
Tuesday in court
For attorneys, the goal is to find jurors that will keep an open mind. Tuesday, attorneys on both sides asked potential jurors a lot of questions about family members and friends, and how they could potentially influence their ultimate decision in this case.
In the first full day of face-to-face interviews between attorneys and potential jurors, one question came up a lot: What opinion, if any, did your family or friends express in the case.
"It was basically the same thing," replied one juror, numbered B-35. "They were all pro-Trayvon."
But that juror, an African-American man who lives in Sanford, said despite all his friends and family placing guilt on George Zimmerman, he said he could still keep an open mind.
"I'm kind of in the middle; I don't know if he's guilty or innocent," said Juror B-35. "I haven't seen all the facts, just what you see on TV. I don't just presume this man is guilty, just because you heard someone say he was."
In another exchange, this time with Juror B-7, defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked if his decision on the case would be influenced by his father's opinion on the case.
"If he says something like, 'Hey, I thought I told you this thing didn't have to happen,'" O'Mara asked.
"I assume you're talking about after the trial is over? Unless I was instructed not to, I would just tell him this is what I saw in court," the juror replied.
Defense attorney Don West seemed almost skeptical about one juror's lack of knowledge in the case, especially since she's a black woman who belongs to a church in Sanford.
"Did your boss make any comment like, 'Hey, that's when they're picking the jury on the Zimmerman case'?" West asked Juror B-65.
"No, that did not happen," she said.
"And you never mentioned to anyone at the church that you got one?" West asked. Again, the juror said no.
One thing that came up in questioning late Tuesday afternoon was the 911 call made by a witness of the shooting, in which someone in the background can be heard screaming for help. One juror said she knew about the call. The defense has asked the judge to not allow jurors hear state audio expert conclusions about that call that say it was Trayvon Martin yelling for help.
Defense attorneys asked the juror if she could exclude her knowledge of that call if it's not included in the evidence presented at trial. She said she could -- but will she make it on the jury?
We will have to wait and see.