As lawyers questioned prospective jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial, Juror E-81's responses highlighted why jury selection in the Trayvon Martin shooting is proving difficult, and exhausting.
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Under questioning from attorneys in the George Zimmerman murder trial, dozens of anonymous potential jurors have explained how they formed their opinions regarding the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.
Among them on Thursday was arguably the most opinionated potential juror yet, Juror E-81, who, like the hundreds of others, is being kept anonymous under an order from Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson. E-81, a woman, had not only absorbed detailed information about the high-profile murder and the pretrial legal maneuvers, but had shaped distinct and strongly-held beliefs about it.
Under questioning, Juror E-81 told the court she believed Mr. Zimmerman, an aspiring cop and volunteer neighborhood watchman, was innocent of murdering Mr. Martin, as the state has charged.
"I think he was just defending himself," the juror said.