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Attorneys Continue Jury Selection in George Zimmerman Trial


Attorneys are continuing to interview 500 prospective jurors for the second-degree murder trial of former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman -- a process that could take up to three weeks. The potential jurors began reporting Monday to the Seminole County courthouse.

Jurors were given a questionnaire Monday. Then, one-by-one, attorneys began asking them how much they've followed the case and how the news has influenced them.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has ordered that all prospective jurors remain anonymous. One man told defense attorney Mark O'Mara he knew a little about the case.

"There was fault on both sides as far as what I could see," he said. "It was two people being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Zimmerman says he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense last year.

Monday, the first day of the trial, was a highly anticipated day in the high-profile case. Zimmerman's brother and Martin's parents were present, along with dozens of journalists.

Security was tight, but only a few protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse.

The trial is expected to last four to six weeks.

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