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Special Prosecutor Angela Corey Weighs In on Zimmerman Jury Selection

Joe Burbank
Orlando Sentinel

Special Prosecutor Angela Corey says jury selection in the George Zimmerman trial is going well. Zimmerman is the former neighborhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in self defense when he shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford in February 2012.

Attorneys Thursday questioned jury candidates for a fourth day.

Corey said though the process isn’t moving quickly, it’s deliberate for a reason.

“It may appear to be going slowly to some people, but Judge Nelson has implemented a process that we believe will give both sides the fair trial that we promised," Corey told WJCT.

"We said when we filed these charges that both George Zimmerman and the state of Florida would get a fair trial and we would do everything in our power to assure that," she said. 

Corey is the State Attorney for Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit, based in Jacksonville.

Governor Rick Scott appointed her as Special Prosecutor to investigate the killing of Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

Attorneys need to find six jurors and four alternates. Judge Debra Nelson announced Thursday that jurors in the case will be kept in isolation during the trial.

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