Prosecutors and defense attorneys have settled on 40 prospective jurors to move on to the second round of questioning in the George Zimmerman second-degree-murder trial, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson announced Tuesday. The prospective panel is made up of 16 men and 24 women. They were chosen after being questioned extensively about what they knew about the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year in Sanford.
The descriptions below, including the age and race or ethnicity of potential jurors, are based on the observations of a reporter in the courtroom.
B-12: A middle-aged white woman who works the graveyard shift. She likes the crime-forensics show "CSI" and said she'd heard Zimmerman was following Trayvon.
B-29: A Hispanic nurse on an Alzheimer's ward who has seven children and lived in Chicago at time of shooting.
B-76: A white middle-aged woman who said Zimmerman had an "altercation with the young man. There was a struggle, and the gun went off."
B-7: A middle-aged white man who listens to NPR. He remembered when Florida implemented its "stand your ground" law and the debate about whether it was needed.
B-35: A middle-aged black man who owns a vending business. He was critical of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and says this case is not racial.
B-37: A middle-aged white woman who works for a chiropractor and has many pets. She described protests in Sanford as "rioting."
B-51: A retired white woman from Oviedo who has a dog and 20-year-old cat. She knew a good deal about the case but said: "I'm not rigid in my thinking."
B-86: A middle-aged white woman who works at a middle school. She said if Trayvon had not been "expelled" from school in Miami-Dade County — he was actually suspended — "this could have been prevented."
E-6: A young white woman and mother who used to work in financial services. She used this case as an example to her adolescent children, warning them to not go out at night.
E-40: A white woman in her 60s who lived in Iowa at the time of the shooting. She heard national-news reports and recalls the shooting was in a gated community and a teenager was killed.
E-54: A middle-aged white man with a teenage stepson who wears hoodies. He recalled seeing photos of the injuries to Zimmerman's head and face.
E-73: A middle-aged white woman active in Sanford's arts community who is raising her late brother's 15- and 18-year-old children. The media interjected race in this case, she said.
M-75: A young black woman who says many of her friends have opinions on the case, but she doesn't.
B-61: A young white woman who remembered that "after the protesters, it seemed to turn more into a racial issue ... I don't think it's a racial issue."
B-72: A young man who does maintenance at a school and competes in arm-wrestling tournaments. He said he avoids the news because he does not want to be "brainwashed."
E-22: A middle-aged black woman who said that after the shooting, Sanford police should have booked Zimmerman and asked him more questions.
E-13: A young white woman who goes to college and works two jobs. She heard the shooting was a "racial thing."
E-28: A middle-aged white woman who works as a nurse. She said she knew little about the case and has no opinion about Zimmerman's guilt.
K-80: A middle-aged white woman with children who has not followed the case. She considers the "racial undertones" in the case "disturbing."
K-95: A middle-aged woman who's a full-time student and "IT geek" with two children. She was critical of protests calling for Zimmerman's arrest.
P-67: A native of Mexico who seemed eager to serve on the jury, describing it as a civic duty. "Some people think it is a racist thing," he said of the shooting.
G-14: A middle-aged white woman. "I remember a lot of anger, a lot of people upset that Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested immediately."
G-29: A young black woman who has lived in Seminole County eight months. "There is a lot of racial tension built up," she said, but she "stayed away from it."
G-47: A young white man who works as assistant manager at restaurant. Zimmerman appears to be "stuck in the worst situation" possible, he said.
G-63: A young, unemployed man who described himself as "mixed race." He knew few details about the case but denounced stereotyping and said people sometimes interject race into cases.
G-66: A retired white woman who cares for her toddler grandson and moved to Central Florida in 2011. When she saw photos of Zimmerman's injuries, "I felt sorry for him."
G-81: A tall black man who lives less than a half-mile from the scene of the shooting. There is a racial divide in Sanford, he said, but the media have misportrayed the city.
H-6: A young white man who heard the phone call Zimmerman made to police before the shooting. "He sounded like he was concerned for his neighborhood."
H-7: A red-haired man about age 50 in a business suit who recalled "a big brouhaha in Sanford" and said, "I still don't know why it became a high-profile case."
H-18: A muscled, dark-skinned man in his 20s with an accent who's a mechanic and moved here from Kuwait. He said he avoids discussing certain topics. "When it's politics, religion or race, I just don't get involved."
H-29: A white-haired man who described national civil-rights leaders who led protests in Sanford "a little circus come to town." It was "negative for the city," he said.
H-35: A young woman who said she knows little about the case. She "liked" a photo of Trayvon on Facebook. She needs to move by the end of June, which she said would be a hardship.
H-81: A middle-aged man who described the shooting as an "incident" between Zimmerman and Trayvon. He called the shooting a "very tragic situation." He has two pending civil cases before Nelson.
H-69: A five-months-pregnant woman who said she saw news about the case on television at work. She mentioned several times that she recalled seeing pictures of Trayvon as "a young child" in the media.
H-86: A young white woman who said she knows almost nothing about the case. She keeps up with current events, but "certain cases and things I don't follow."
I-5: A middle-aged black man, he said he heard self-defense was involved with the case, at one point referring to Zimmerman as "the gentleman that was defending himself."
I-19: A young white woman who hasn't followed the case and knows only the basic details: "I don't watch the news; I don't read the news," she said.
I-24: An older white woman who said she followed the case at first, but then "I just kind of tuned out." Described the case as "a young man lost his life, and another man is fighting for his life."
I-33: An older white man who said, "The more I heard, the less I wanted to hear." Heard there was a 911 call involved in the case and "some controversy as to who was doing the screaming."
I-44: A father of three who appeared to be in his 30s and said he's highly skeptical of the media and its "negativity." He called himself a "sports nut."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun