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George Zimmerman jurors to be sequestered, judge rules
The jurors who will hear George Zimmerman's murder trial will have to be sequestered for up to a month, the judge ruled on Thursday.
The decision came after attorneys estimated that the trial would not take four-to-six weeks, as initially thought. It would only last two-to-four weeks, they said, CNN reported.
Ten potential jurors faced questioning about their knowledge of the case during Thursday court proceedings. Five were dismissed, CNN reported. And the reasons for their dismissals aren't known, but educated guesses would lead to believe that at least two — E18 and B67 — were turned down for service because of religious beliefs.
"I believe in God's Law — the 10 Commandments. Don't kill," E18 said, CNN reported.
Meanwhile, another was a staunch gun rights supporter. E81 said, CNN reported: "All people have a right to defend themselves ... I think the more people armed, the better," she said, adding that the media reports only furthered her belief that Mr. Zimmerman was defending himself when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Mr. Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Mr. Martin. He claims he was acting in self-defense; attorneys for Mr. Martin's family say he did not need to pull his weapon.
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