Zimmerman's attorney asks for an 'open minded' jury
POSTED: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 4:37pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 12:06pm
(CNN) — It has been 16 months since George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Florida.
On Monday, Jury selection began for Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial.
Prosecutors say Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch patroller, profiled the African-American teen, and provoked the deadly confrontation.
Zimmerman says he was attacked by Martin, and feared for his own life, despite the fact that the 17 year old was unarmed.
The case has made headlines from the beginning and stirred up public outrage over the racial aspects of the incident.
"I want open minds, people who have not made up their minds. And people who are strong enough to decide the case on the facts of the law and not on the external public pressures," said Mark O'Mara, Attorney for George Zimmerman. "My concern is about this case all along has been that we have so much pressure on the case with the system, that any verdict, no matter what it might be, might not be accepted as the proper one, even if it is."
With the extensive media coverage the case has gotten and will continue to get as the trial gets underway, the judge has decided to sequester the jurors once they are chosen.
The process is expected to take several weeks.