George Zimmerman, who is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense. NBC's Brian Williams reports.
Six women have been selected as jurors in the trial of George Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The jurors, who have been identified only by number and will be sequestered, were chosen after nine days of jury selection. Opening statements begin Monday in the trial, which is expected to last up to four weeks.
Here are some details about each juror, based on information provided during jury selection:
Juror B-29: Originally from Chicago, she's been married for 10 years. The woman — who is either black or Hispanic and is the only juror who isn't white, according to prosecutors — has eight kids, one of them older than 18. This is her first time serving on a jury. The woman has been at her current job for three months, and when asked by prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda if she belonged to any organization, she said "my house is my organization," eliciting laughter and understanding from the courtroom.
Juror B-76: A resident of the Sanford, Fla., area since 1975, she has two adult children. During voir dire she said her 28-year-old son is an attorney who practices in the county, but his specialty is foreclosures, divorces and contract law and he does not practice criminal law. Her daughter is a certified nursing assistant. This juror is unemployed after running a construction company for 15 years with her husband. She and her husband manage rental properties and are helping their kids build homes. Her passion is rescuing animals, and this is her first time on a jury.
Juror B-37: A local for 18 years, and the daughter of an Air Force captain, she has been working for the same company for 16 years. Her husband is a "space attorney," meaning he has worked with the shuttle companies and is now working with rocket companies. One of her kids, a 24-year-old, is a pet groomer and the other is a 27-year-old student at the University of Central Florida. She likes animals and rescued them until her husband told her, "Stop!" She has been called to serve on a jury four times, but said she was never seated because of "where I work."
Juror B-51: She's served on juries before, once as an alternate in the early 1990s, and again three years ago in Seminole County. She is unmarried and does not have kids. Now retired, she previously worked as real estate agent. She was also the director of a call center with 1,200 employees under her. Asked by the prosecutor how she handled disputes in the workplace, she said, "You have to listen to all sides, and sometimes you just have to make the tough calls." A transplant from Atlanta, she has lived locally for nine years.
Juror E-6: A native Floridian, she has lived locally for two years. She has been married for six years and has two children, ages 11 and 13, and said she was proud to be raising them. She said said she was proud to be a member of a church. She is unemployed after being in school for nine months and working in financial services. Her husband is an engineer. She acknowledged that she was arrested in 1999 and told the court she was treated fairly, saying, "I deserved it". She has never served on a jury.
Juror E-40: She moved to the area from Iowa seven months ago. She is married to a chemical engineer and has one son, who lives in Western Pennsylvania. She told the court that in her spare time she likes to watch football, read and travel. She has worked as a safety officer, and served as a juror 20 years ago on a drug case in Pennsylvania. No verdict was reached in that case.
Below are profiles of the four alternate jurors based on their statements to the Court:
Juror E-54: This juror, a 14-year resident of the area, has two stepchildren, icluding one, just a year younger than Trayvon Martin's age when he died. The man who has family in Maryland has once been summoned for jury service, but has never served. His other stepchild is in his late 20's and he's currently married to an engineer technician. He's interested in Genealogy and playing golf. He's worked in the same field for 30 years.
Juror B-72: A single man living locally for 9 years, and a member of a fraternity, he's proud of his athletic prowess. His claim to fame is that he can do one arm pull-ups, and he told the prosecution about his history of high school sports during voir dire, saying he could "talk about it all day." A member of Phi Beta Kappa, the man said he has no prior jury experience.
Juror E-13: This juror is also new to being on a jury, a single woman who has lived locally for 17 years is a surgical assistant. She told De La Rionda that her passion is her horses and riding, that's what she does for fun. Her responses were short in voir dire, only adding that she's a member of her congregation.
Juror E-28: A local resident since 1985, this juror has served before, on a civil jury, and told the court she enjoyed the experience. The woman, who is a Texas transplant, has been married for 28 years has two children, ages 27 and 23. Her husband is a teacher. She is also a volunteer for Relay for Life and several other organizations. Her other jury experience includes a summons for Federal service but she was not seated for a jury there.