911 Call Allowed in Zimmerman Trial

Opening arguments kick off Monday. The 911 call will be allowed as evidence but audio experts will not.

George Zimmerman's attorneys (Getty Images)
George Zimmerman's attorneys (Getty Images)

Saturday, June 22, 12:13 p.m. EDT: On Saturday morning, Judge Debra Nelson ruled that while the audiotape of the 911 call can be played during the upcoming trial, which begins on Monday, the findings of audio will not be admissable. CBS News reports that this decision will likely shorten the proceedings by one week.

Thursday, June 20, 3:32 p.m. EDT: A jury has been selected to decide if George Zimmerman is guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. According to Raw Story, here are the stats: The six jurors are all women. Five are white, and one is Hispanic. All are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. That’s right, in the racially charged case of the unarmed teen’s murder, not a single person responsible for deciding on the outcome of the case will be African American. 

Thursday, June 20, 11:02 a.m. EDT: After eight days of jury selection, during which 40 potential jurors have been culled from a group of hundreds, a final jury of six people will soon be seated in the second-degree-murder trial of George Zimmerman, the New York Times reports. Of that pool of 40 people, 27 are white. That, the Times reports, makes the group more racially diverse than Florida’s Seminole County, where 4 out of 5 residents are white; and Sanford, where 57 percent of residents identify as white. 

Wednesday, June 19, 12:39 p.m. EDT: Trayvon Martin’s family has “every confidence” that a jury will convict George Zimmerman, a family attorney said today. Trayvon’s family, including his mother, Sybrina Fulton, and father, Tracy Martin, have attended jury-selection proceedings in the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center over the past week. That process moves into its second phase today.

Tuesday, June 18, 10:57 a.m. EDT:  As jury selection in George Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial continues, lawyers are looking to select jurors who can be fair and impartial despite what they know or believe about the case; they are also looking to root out the occasional “stealth juror” with a hidden agenda. That means spending about 30 minutes grilling each one. Reuters explains how that time-consuming process is unfolding. 

Monday, June 17, 10:10 a.m. EDT: As jury selection in the murder trial of George Zimmerman resumes today for a second week, there’s a heavy police presence provided by about two dozen uniformed officers who patrol the parking lots, surround an outdoor public gathering space and staff two separate security checkpoints, Reuters reports. However, inside the courtroom, most of the public seating has reportedly been vacant. The Martin family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, blamed that on the jury-selection process, which he said was as exciting as “watching paint dry.”

Friday, June 14, 2013, 9:32 a.m. EDT: The jury in Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial will be sequestered for the period of time needed to try the case, the judge assigned to the case announced Thursday. She predicted that the trial would take two to four weeks once jury selection is complete, the Miami Herald reports.

Thursday, June 13, 11:33 a.m. EDT: Jury selection continues in George Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder case, and you can see all it live at NBC News.

Thursday, June 13, 9:21 a.m. EDT: After yesterday’s jury-selection proceedings, Martin-family attorney Ben Crump said to reporters, “Trayvon Martin is not on trial here; he is the victim. George Zimmerman, his killer, is the man who is on trial.” He also took issue with a comment made by former New York City police Detective Harry Houck Tuesday on a FoxNews.com live panel that Trayvon would be alive if he didn’t have “street attitude.” Crump called the remark “reprehensible and extremely reminiscent of the victim-blaming rhetoric we saw a year ago.”