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Exposure key In selecting jury for Zimmerman trial

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Updated: 6/11/2013 3:52 pm
(NBC News) Jury selection continued for a second day Tuesday in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

With Zimmerman watching from the defense table and Trayvon Martin's parents in the front row of the gallery, the prosecution and defense centered on what prospective jurors say they already know about the case.

Attorneys asked about the "hoodie" Martin was wearing the night he died, and about the events that led to the confrontation and fatal shot.

Still, the central focus of questions continues to be what role media coverage has played in shaping the opinions of potential jurors.

The court dismissed 41 potential jurors after Monday's initial session.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second degree murder charge, telling police he fired the fatal shot that killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense during a fight initiated by 17-year-old.

A probable cause affidavit filed by prosecutors says that Martin "was profiled by George Zimmerman."

They contend he followed the unarmed teenager through his gated community despite a conversation with a police dispatcher in which Zimmerman was advised "we don't need you to do that".

Editor's note: George Zimmerman has sued NBCUniversal for defamation. The company has strongly denied his allegations.

-- Jay Gray, NBC News reports




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