George Zimmerman trial: Jury selection under way in Zimmerman trial
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — It's a process that's expected to take the rest of the week, and possibly longer -- the selection of six jurors and four alternates to hear the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman.
Attorneys from both sides have been looking through the questionnaires filled out by the first 100 potential jurors today in Sanford, Fla.
The six that are chosen will have to decide whether Zimmerman acted in self-defense, out of a belief that his life was in danger, when he shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Martin's father told reporters today that he's looking for a "fair and impartial trial." He added, "We ask that the community continue to stay peaceful as we place our faith in the justice system."
Zimmerman's brother, meanwhile, said his family is confident that prosecutors won't meet the burden of proving the neighborhood watch volunteer was guilty of murder. He called the charge "improper" and said charges were filed for political reasons.