|Zimmerman's Fate Rests With Six Women|
|By ALYSSA NEWCOMB (@AlyssaNewcomb) and STEPHANIE WASH (@washnews)||Jul 11, 2013, 1:39 PM|
The fate of George Zimmerman now rests in the hands of six women, five of them mothers.
They range in age from their early 30s to women in their 60s. Four of the women either have experience with guns or relatives who are gun owners. Two of them share a passion for rescuing animals. Five of them are white and the sixth is a minority, believed to be Hispanic.
They will decide the racially charged case in which Zimmerman, 29, is accused of second degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, maintains that he shot the black teenager in self-defense.
They could let Zimmerman walk free or convict him of a crime that could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
The names of the jurors have been kept anonymous and the cameras in the courtroom have avoided showing their faces.
What is known about the women, who are identified only by a letter and number combination, comes from the interviews they did in open court when the lawyers selected the jurors.
Perhaps one of the most difficult moments in the trial for the jurors seemed to be when Martin's fatal gunshot wound was shown on a projector screen. Many jurors glanced at the photo and then looked away.
Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, hung his head, gazing toward the floor. Two jurors, known by their numbers, B76 and B37, looked in Martin's direction after the photo was shown.
The jurors were attentive and took copious notes throughout the trial.
Juror E6, a mother of two with long blonde hair and believed to be in her early thirties, seemed to be the most vocal of the group, requesting new notebooks for the other jurors and informing the judge or witness when she needed testimony repeated for clarity.
She asked several times for Rachel Jeantel, Martin's friend who was on the phone with him the night he encountered Zimmerman, to repeat the racial term "cracker," which she said Martin had used to describe a man following him.
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Four of the women have used guns or have relatives who are gun owners, they said during the voir dire interviews.
Juror B37, a woman in her late forties with shoulder length brown hair, said she used to go to the shooting range with her husband and has basic familiarity with a gun. She opted not to renew her concealed carry permit, she said, because she doesn't own one.
B37 also said she believes concealed carry permits, which Zimmerman had, are too easy to obtain and the requirements to have one should be more stringent.
While the case roiled Florida in the months after the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting, two of the women moved to Seminole County months later and missed much of the intense media coverage.
Juror B29, who has eight children ranging from 3-year-old twins to a 19-year-old son, moved from Chicago to Florida earlier this year, she said in her court interview.
Juror E40, who has short white hair and is in her 60s, said in her interview that she moved from Iowa to Seminole County in November 2012 for her job. She said she had previously worked as a safety officer.
The only juror without children, B51, is in her 60s and appeared to have the most previous knowledge of the case.
She said it would be difficult for anyone to not have information about the case "unless you've been living under a rock."
B51 described herself as an intelligent person who would have an open mind to what was presented in the court room.
Juror E6, a mother of two kids ages 13 and 11, said she had heard of the case and called it "a very unfortunate incident."
She said she hadn't paid much attention to media coverage of the case, because, "I don't believe there was an eyewitness, just two people there that night."