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Jury Candidates' Interviewed By Attorneys In Zimmerman Trial

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Potential jurors have been filling out a questionnaire, as the trial of George Zimmerman gets underway near Orlando, Fla. Potential jurors have been filling out a questionnaire, as the trial of George Zimmerman gets underway near Orlando, Fla.
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Updated: June 11, 2013

A 65-year-old who said both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin were at fault in Martin's fatal shooting was among four potential jurors interviewed by attorneys during the first day of Zimmerman's trial on second-degree murder charges in central Florida.

 Jury selection continues today as prosecuting and defense attorneys question dozens of potential jurors, a process that's expected to take all week, if not longer.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to a charge that could carry a life sentence if convicted. He claims he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

Judge Debra Nelson has said she'll keep the identities of selected jurors anonymous but rejected a defense request to sequester the initial jury pool of 500 residents.

Updated: June 10, 2013

Potential jurors have been filling out a questionnaire, as the trial of George Zimmerman gets underway near Orlando, Fla.

Zimmerman's attorneys will have to convince jurors that he shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year because he feared for his life. Zimmerman is not disputing that he shot the teen during a fight in a gated community outside Orlando.

Martin's father told reporters today that he's looking for a "fair and impartial trial." He added, "We ask that the community continue to stay peaceful as we place our faith in the justice system."

Zimmerman's brother, meanwhile, said his family is confident that prosecutors won't meet the burden of proving the neighborhood watch volunteer was guilty of murder. He called the charge "improper" and said charges were filed for political reasons.

The judge today rejected a defense request to delay the start of the trial. Defense lawyers have said they needed more time to prepare.

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