The six women, five of them mothers, who will decide the verdict range in age from their early 30's to their 60's. Four of the women have experience with guns or relatives who own them. Two of them rescue animals. One of the jurors is either Hispanic or black.
The women, who have been sequestered for more than two weeks, will decide one of the more racially charged cases in recent memory.
Friday they asked the court for a list of evidence to review as they decide whether to convict Zimmerman or let him walk free.
Police across Florida are bracing for a verdict. They have created places for people to protest in peace, are monitoring social media and urging people to remain calm.
"As we await this verdict we would like to remind everyone that the city of Sanford is a peaceful location and remains a peaceful location, Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith said Friday when the case went to the jury. "We have worked…to put together a plan to ensure the safety of Sanford and our surrounding communities."
In Broward County near where Martin lived, police have launched a campaign to encourage people to "be vocal, not violent" and have designated two parks where people can assemble peacefully to express their feelings.