Elimination begins for potential Zimmerman jurors

MIKE SCHNEIDER and KYLE HIGHTOWER
Associated Press
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George Zimmerman smiles as attorney Mark O'Mara questions potential jurors for Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., Thursday, June 20, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary Green, Pool)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys in the George Zimmerman case are in the homestretch of picking a jury for his second-degree murder trial.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Thursday began striking candidates they don't want on the jury.

They are working from a pool of 40 candidates who made it through a second round of questioning.

Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year in Sanford, Fla. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Martin's shooting death and the initial decision not to charge him led to public outrage and demonstrations around the nation, with some accusing Sanford police of failing to thoroughly investigate the shooting.