A jury of six women has been selected in the
trial of Hispanic neighbourhood watch captain George Zimmerman in the
fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
The six women - five white and one Hispanic - will decide the fate of Zimmerman in the racially charged trial, which is expected to take two to four weeks. Opening arguments are expected Monday. Two men and two women were chosen as alternate jurors.
It took 10 days to choose the jury from a pool of 200 prospective jurors who were questioned about their knowledge of the case and their personal beliefs on guns, law enforcement and media coverage of the fatal shooting.
George Zimmerman is charged with murder in the February 2012 death of Martin in Sanford, Florida.
In the racially tinged case, Martin, 17, wore a hooded sweatshirt and was unarmed when Zimmerman shot him in a confrontation in a gated community where Zimmerman was keeping watch as a volunteer and where Martin was staying.
While Zimmerman thought Martin was "suspicious" and possibly armed, he was found to be carrying only some candy and iced tea. Martin apparently confronted Zimmerman, possibly out of fear that he was being followed.
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