06/12/2013 08:57 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2013

George Zimmerman Trial Live Updates: Jury Selection Creeps Forward

Jury selection for the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman enters its third day Wednesday, in central Florida.

The defense team and prosecuting attorney spent Monday and Tuesday interviewing 14 potential jurors. Another group of about 100 potential jurors, from an initial jury pool of 500 Sanford, Fla.-area residents, is scheduled for interviews today.

Zimmerman, 29, stands charged with the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman shot and killed Martin as the teen was walking back to the home of his father's fiancee from a Sanford convenience store on Feb. 26, 2012.


The prosecution and the defense have yet to find a single juror who has not been exposed to the intense media coverage that surrounds Martin's shooting. Potential Juror "B-51" summed up the problem for both sides yesterday afternoon.

"I haven't lived under a rock for the past year," she said. "It's pretty hard for people not to have gotten some information."

The prosecution and the defense must find six impartial jurors and four alternates for the trial to move forward. In Florida, 12 jurors are required only for criminal trials that could result in the death penalty. Zimmerman faces life in prison if found guilty.


Defense attorneys argue that Zimmerman, then 28, was attacked by Martin while serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman's camp contends that Zimmerman, who is Hispanic-American, acted in self-defense when he shot the African-American teen in the chest at point-blank range. Prosecutors have deemed Martin's death an instance of second-degree murder.

The trial is scheduled to resume at 9:00 a.m. EST.

Read below for minute-by-minute updates from court Wednesday:

The Huffington Post is live blogging Wednesday's testimony. Check back here for updates.