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All-female jury selected in Trayvon Martin case

George Zimmerman

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A six-member, all-female jury was selected on Thursday to decide the fate of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that grabbed the media spotlight in 2012.

Five of the six women, selected from a final poll of 40 potential jurors after a 1-1/2 week-long process in Florida's Seminole County criminal court, were identified as white and the sixth appeared to be a dark-skinned Hispanic.

The jurors, plus four alternates, will decide whether Zimmerman, 29, should be convicted as charged with second-degree murder and face up to life in prison for the killing that sparked a national debate about race, guns and equal justice before the law.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, contending he acted in self-defense during a confrontation with the 17-year-old Martin in a gated community in this central Florida town.

Opening statements will begin Monday, the presiding judge said.


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