Attorney confident Zimmerman jury seated soon

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Associated Press

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 3:00 AM

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A defense attorney in George Zimmerman's murder trial says he thinks a jury could be seated by the middle of next week.

After five days of the jury selection process, 29 potential jurors have passed through an initial round of questioning about what knowledge they have already gained through media and other means about the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a Sanford, Fla., gated community.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said that Zimmerman has been eager to have the actual trial process begin.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys want to build a pool of 40 potential jurors who have been screened for any influence of pretrial publicity before they move to a second round of questioning. At least 75 potential jurors already have been dismissed.

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