The trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin has stalled as attorneys struggle to put together a jury with no preconceptions about the case. Since neighborhood watch enthusiast Zimmerman shot dead 17-year-old Martin in February 2012, media projections and public outrage have in turns framed Zimmerman as a racist killer, or Martin as a violent drug user prone to altercations. Both character assassinations enframe the way individuals who have heard about the story see the events of Feb. 26, 2012 having played out.
By the end of Tuesday, the attorneys had questioned 14 potential jurors in person, and more than 40 jury candidates had been dismissed after filling out a questionnaire. Only four candidates from a pool of hundreds were questioned in court on Monday.