George Zimmerman Trial: Panel Of Women Jurors A “Slam Dunk” For Defense, Expert Says

Source: Erin Donaghue / CBS News

The six women chosen to sit on the jury that will weigh George Zimmerman’s fate may be sympathetic to the former neighborhood watch captain’s case, one defense expert says — though their views on guns, crime and community will likely be more relevant in the deliberation room than their gender.

Zimmerman is accused in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin inside a gated community last year in Sanford, Fla. The 29-year-old claims he was defending himself when he shot and killed Martin during an altercation.

The jury panel, chosen Thursday, is a “slam dunk” for the defense, said Jose Baez, a Florida defense attorney who was lead defense counsel on the Casey Anthony case. The Florida mother was acquitted in 2011 of killing her young daughter, Caylee.

“I think the defense clearly won the day on this one,” Baez said. “Any way you slice and dice it, this is a defense jury.”

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