George Zimmerman Jury Selection Enters Next Phase
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

george zimmerman chubbySeating the jury in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial is taking a little longer than most legal analysts anticipated.

On Wednesday, lawyers for Zimmerman and the state of Florida began whittling down a group of 40 prospective jurors — those who weren’t eliminated from last week’s process, the Associated Press reports.

Twenty-seven of the 40 potential jurors are white, seven are black, three are mixed race and three are Hispanic. Twenty-four are women and 16 are men, the AP reports. The final group of jurors will include of six jurors and four alternates.

The racial and ethnic makeup of the jurors is particularly relevant, given the allegations against Zimmerman. Prosecutors have argued that the neighborhood watch volunteer racially profiled Trayvon Martin when he followed and later shot the black 17-year-old in a Sanford, Fla. gated community last year.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.