Is This Fair? Mostly White, All Female Jury Chosen In Zimmerman Murder Trial
Six women have been chosen for George Zimmerman’s murder trial. Zimmerman is being charged with second degree murder in the killing of unarmed, 17 year old Trayvon Martin.
The trial, which is set to begin Monday, has been highly anticipated since Zimmerman, 28, killed Martin in February of last year.
The issue of race has been at the forefront of this case, so naturally the ethnic makeup of the jury is important to many.
Five members of the six person jury are white and one is Hispanic. Some sources claim the Hispanic woman is half black and half Hispanic.
Zimmerman is white and Hispanic.
The jurors who are also all women, were chosen from hundreds of potential jurors over nine days. These six women will remain sequestered throughout the duration of the trial.
Four alternate jurors, a Hispanic man, a white man and two white women, have also been selected.
We don’t know the identities of the jurors but information about their experiences with guns, crime and violence was discussed during the interview process.
One woman, known as juror B37, said she used to have a concealed weapons permit but let it expire. She said it was too easy to obtain this type of permit.
Two other jurors say their husband or son own guns.
One woman said she was a victim of domestic violence and at least one juror is a mother.
When juror B29 was asked about self defense she had this to say: “It’s not a decision you weigh. It’s a split second reaction. I think everyone is entitled to protect your life.”
Zimmerman told Judge Debra Nelson that he approved of the jury selection.
What do you make of the jury selection? Based on what we now know about these jurors, do you believe they’ll be able to come to just verdict?