Judge: Zimmerman jurors will be sequestered

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  • Fourth day of jury selection in George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial
  • Attorneys inform judge they expect trial to last 2-4 weeks
Judge: Zimmerman jurors will be sequestered

Jurors selected for the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial will be sequestered, Judge Debra Nelson announced Thursday, during the fourth day of jury selection.

Judge Nelson also told the court attorneys have stipulated the trial will take between two and four weeks.

The combination of those two facts had some potential jurors expressing concern from the stand about how selection for the case may disrupt their lives.

"It would be a hardship. It would be a lot to juggle," said one woman, assigned the alpha-numerical identifier of K-80.

A middle-aged woman currently taking college courses wanted to know if she would still be able to submit her work or take quizzes online.

Attorneys interviewed 11 prospective jurors Thursday in Seminole County Court in Sanford, Florida. Six jurors and four alternates will ultimately be selected for the trial. Zimmerman is accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the night of February 26, 2012. He claims he shot the teenager in self-defense.

Defense attorney Don West informed one would-be juror exactly what being ""sequestered" would entail. West explained jurors will stay at a hotel, have security protection outside of court and would "be limited in contact with the outside world." Basically, said West, "you would not be able to participate in day-to-day routine activities."

In addition to asking whether serving on the jury would cause any hardships, prospective jurors were also once again asked about their exposure to the case and whether they have formed an opinion on Zimmerman's guilt.

A woman designated E-81 said she believes the former neighborhood watch captain is innocent and should get to go home. "I believe he was defending himself," she told the court.

The woman also cited images found on Martin's cell phone of a handgun and of Martin smoking as evidence the teenager was "in with the wrong crowd."

After E-81 finished, HLN's Vinnie Politan observed that "with the release of the photos, the defense may have lost a good juror for their side."

George Zimmerman attended the proceedings, as did his wife Shellie and the parents of Martin, who were both dressed in black.

The jury selection process will resume Friday at 9 a.m. ET.

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