The trial for Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman will commence now that the jury selection has been made. The all-female jury consists of five white jurors and one minority. Only six jurors and four alternates were selected because this isn’t legally a capital offense, which requires 12 jurors. Zimmerman is being tried for second-degree murder and is claiming self-defense in shooting the unarmed 17-year-old in February 2012.
The ethnicity of the minority juror is being kept under wraps, which leaves many curious considering Zimmerman, whose father is white, claims he’s Hispanic.
Martin’s attorney made the following statement, “With the makeup of this jury, the question of whether every American can get equal justice regardless of who serves on their jury panel will be answered.”
Here are details about a few of the jurors according to the Orlando Sentinel.
- B-29: A nurse on an Alzheimer’s ward who is black or Hispanic, has several children, is married and lived in Chicago at the time of shooting. She said she doesn’t watch the news, preferring reality television: “Right when we got here, I got cable… I love my reality shows.” During jury selection, she said she was arrested once in Chicago.
- B-76: A white, middle-aged woman who said Zimmerman had an “altercation with the young man. There was a struggle and the gun went off.” Has been married 30 years, and is unemployed. She formerly worked with her husband in his construction company. Her 28-year-old son is an attorney in Seminole County. She also has a daughter, 26, has been a victim of non-violent crime and rescues “a lot of pets.”
- B-37: A middle-aged white woman who has worked for a chiropractor for 16 years and has many pets. She described protests in Sanford as “rioting.” Her husband is an attorney. She has two daughters: A 24-year-old dog groomer and a 27-year-old who attends the University of Central Florida. She used to have concealed weapons permit, but let it lapse. Her husband also has one.
The four alternates are a middle-aged white man, a young man who is possibly Hispanic, a white college-aged woman and an older white woman who works as a nurse.
Opening statements and evidence evaluation begin Monday morning.