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A predominantly white, all-female jury will was selected on Thursday to decide if George Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
In addition to the six female jurors, four alternates were chosen, two men and two women, reports NBC News.
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The case has made national headlines and sparked debate about race, guns and equal justice before the law. Zimmerman, 29, who is half white and Hispanic, is facing life in prison for second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty, arguing that he acted in self-defense during a confrontation with Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African American, in central Florida back in February 2012.
The names of the jurors have not been revealed; instead they are referenced by an assigned number to protect their identities. The Miami Herald described the jurors as:
"* B29: A lighter-skinned black woman, possibly Hispanic, who lived in Chicago at the time of Trayvon's death. The woman, who works at a nursing home, told lawyers that she didn't watch much news and worried about her eight children.
* B76: A middle-aged white woman who remembered wondering why Trayvon was out late at night. Prosecutors sought, to no avail, to strike her from the panel.
* B37: A white mother of two who volunteers rescuing animals and made a point to note that she used newspapers only to line the bottom of her parrot's cage. She remembered "rioting" in Sanford during the uproar over Trayvon's death.
* B51: An older white woman who didn't keep up with the case in the news because she has been handling the estate of a deceased uncle. She recalled thinking the case was "very sad."
*E6: A church-going, unemployed, white woman in her 40s with two kids. She likes babysitting and gardening.
* E40: A white woman in her 60s from Iowa. She has a 28-year-old son, enjoys sports and served on a jury about 20 years ago."
The jurors will be sequestered for up to four weeks until the conclusion of the trial. Proceedings begin with opening statements Monday at 9 a.m. and are expected to last between two and four weeks.
And, just in case you're wondering, it is perfectly legal to have a jury with only one gender.