The judge in the Zimmerman murder trial has shifted course and has now decided to sequester the jurors.
The Florida judge presiding over George Zimmerman's murder trial reversed
herself today and announced that the jurors will be sequestered for the trial.
"The parties have, both sides have, stipulated that this trial will last
between two and four weeks," Judge Debra Nelson said. "Based upon that
approximate stipulation, I will be sequestering the jury."
Earlier the judge had ruled that the six-member jury and four alternates
would be anonymous, but declined to have them sequestered.
In February 2012, Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla.,
shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin after a confrontation in the dark. Zimmerman has said he shot the
black teen, who he said had been acting "suspiciously," in self-defense.
The racially charged case has attracted national attention.
Jurors are rarely sequestered, isolated by the court away from their
families and their homes, for a second degree murder trial. But suspicious
testimony by potential jurors this week has triggered fear of a tainted jury
ABC News: George
Zimmerman Judge Orders Jury to Be Sequestered During Trial
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