Potential juror: Shooting not racially motivated
Updated On: Jun 13 2013 08:36:08 AM EDT
For the second day, attorneys heard from an African-American potential juror who said she didn't believe the Trayvon Martin shooting was racially motivated.
Jury selection continued Wednesday for the trial of George Zimmerman, who faces second-degree murder in Martin's death.
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"I really don't believe black people were being targeted," said juror M75.
M75 is a young woman who was alert, attentive, and made strong eye contact with the attorneys during questioning. Her confidence led body language expert Susan Constantine to believe she would make a good juror for both sides, and perhaps even serve as the foreperson.
Meantime, jury selection continued with attorneys questioning jurors one at a time.
"It is really unusual. We don't normally have one-on-one jury interrogating. It's normally much broader," said Amir Ladan, a criminal defense attorney.
Ladan said the scope of questioning has centered on pre-trial publicity to disqualify potential jurors early on.
"Because that is such an important issue that it would disqualify you from the very beginning, so it makes sense to hit it now and try to impanel a jury that you know will be free of any of that clutter," he said.
Once 30 potential jurors are selected, they will be brought into the courtroom together.
"You are going to have people hearing each other's answers, developing some of their theories, perhaps as they go," said Ladan.
The jurors will also be questioned about self defense and firearms during the group session.