All-Woman Jury Selected for the Trayvon Martin Case

Dashiell Bennett
All-Woman Jury Selected for the Trayvon Martin Case

A jury of six women, five of them white, will decide the fate of George Zimmerman. Lawyers in the second-degree murder trial of Zimmerman, who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last February, have finished the main portion of jury selection and are now making final preparations to begin the actual trial next week.

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In an odd twist for those used to highly diverse television trials, the jury will only have six members (four alternates will also be chosen) and there are no men on the main panel. The Orlando Sentinel has posted brief descriptions of the jury, based on answers to their pre-trial questions — five of the women are white, three are "middle-aged" or older, and five of them have children. One is a woman from Iowa who was not even living in Florida when the shooting occured.

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Opening arguments in the case are expected to begin on Monday, and the trial will likely last two-to-four weeks. Zimmerman has argued that Martin attacked him and he shot in self-defense.