George Zimmerman's pretrial just inched closer to an actual hearing today when attorneys agreed on 40 jurors who made it through the publicity stage of questions. That means those 40--who attorneys believe have not been tainted by media accounts of Trayvon Martin's death and the protests that followed--can now move on to the regular line of questioning to determine a final jury pool.
The original pool was racially mixed--and some responses might surprise readers. The Orlando Sentinel reports, for example, that at least one African-American potential juror thought Zimmerman was prosecuted by network news before having his day in court.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. His case will be decided by six Seminole County, Florida jurors--with four alternates as back-ups.