Attorneys screen potential jurors as murder trial of George Zimmerman begins
POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 9:22am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The pool of potential jurors comes from a community that understands that it's back in the spot light.
"....the thing is to have a fair trial," explained Jacquelyne Caraballo, Sanford resident. "And to select people that are going to be fair and they're going to give the right choosing of the verdict."
That might be a difficult task in a case in more than a year now has been wrapped in considerable media coverage and time controversy.
"But at the end of the day , the need is not to find a jury with an empty mind, only a jury with an open mind." Said Kendall Coffey, Legal Analyst. "They may know something about the case but the key is whether they can make a fair and impartial decision based upon the evidence allowed in the court room."
Zimmerman has pled not guilty to a second degree murder charge telling police he fired the fatal shot killing Trayvon Martin in self defense after a fight he said initiated by the seventeen year old.
A probable cause affidavit by the prosecution filed by prosecutors said that Martin quote, "was profiled by George Zimmerman."
And police say followed the teenager through his gated community despite the conversation with a police dispatcher.