Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has set a Tuesday hearing to determine if jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will listen to testimony from audio experts regarding 911 calls made on the night the neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
Friday is the fifth day of jury selection in a process that could take two or more weeks. The six jurors and four alternates who eventually will decide Zimmerman's fate will have limited contact with the outside world during the two weeks to a month it will take to hold the trial.
About an hour into Friday's proceedings, Judge Nelson called in 23 potential jury candidates who had previously been questioned about pre-trial exposure to the case. Among them, 19 were woman and four were men. They were dismissed from court and instructed to return on Tuesday.
About a half-hour later, an additional 19 potential jurors who have not yet been questioned by attorneys were dismissed and instructed to return on Monday. Among them, ten were men and nine were women.
Attorneys are now asking for a pool of 40 potential jurors, instead of 30, before going on to the next phase of questioning. After 40 have been cleared, they will be brought together as a group for more in-depth questioning by lawyers on both sides.
Judge Nelson on Thursday decided that the jurors will be sequestered. They will have limited contact with their families, they will spend the night at a hotel and their actions will be monitored by court security.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming it was self-defense when he shot the Miami teenager at the Retreat at Twin Lakes town homes in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012.
Some information taken from wire sources.