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Attorney: Martin family prepared for either outcome

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Attorney: Martin family prepared for either outcome

Dozens of witnesses were called to the stand during the first full week of testimony in the George Zimmerman trial.

The former neighborhood watch captain has been charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin in the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012.

Zimmerman told authorities that he was pursuing the 17-year-old because of the rash of crimes in the area.  Zimmerman claims he was forced to kill Martin during their confrontation in self-defense.

Jurors have heard a number of witnesses in the trial.  It's anyone's guess as to whether the jury is having issues, if any, with conflicting testimony or witness credibility.

In a recent interview, Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson was asked if the family has been prepared for either verdict, granted there wasn’t a hung jury.

“Oh, yes,” she said. “That's the thing about this whole process is that this has been a quest for equal justice and an equal process. The verdict doesn't tell us whether or not the process has been equal. It is the way that the trial proceeds -- and now we're here. They're prepared for whatever verdict as long as it's a just and fair verdict based on the evidence.”

Attorney Mark Eiglarsh, who conducted the interview, said, “It's good to hear. I've always said expectations are future resentments. I hope they're prepared for either outcome.”

Testimony in the trial resumes Monday at 9 a.m. ET on HLN.

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