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Buzz builds over jury notices for George Zimmerman trial

George Zimmerman sworn in for testimony on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, before waiving his right to a 'Stand Your Ground' hearing before his second-degree murder trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (PHOTO/Joe Burbank, pool)

By Jeff Allen, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013, 1:55 PM  

Many people in Seminole County are right now getting jury notices that could lead them to the huge role of deciding George Zimmerman’s fate.

But are some people talking about getting a notice too much? And could that affect how fair of a trial Zimmerman could get?

“They’re all excited, everybody’s watching the mailbox every day to see if they’re going to get one of those letters that come through the mail,” said Francis Oliver, the Curator of Sanford’s Goldsboro Museum. And when people do get them, some are talking about it a lot -- even on Facebook. There’s a post for example, where one man writes,  “I'm for a life sentence without hearing any evidence. I'm pretty sure they'll send me home.” He goes on to say, “I also believe in a fair trial for all but I'm not the right guy for this case.”

Oliver, who led protests last year pushing for Zimmerman’s arrest, said she wants a fair trial for both sides.

 She said even people with strong opinions about the case can consider both sides at trial. She worries some potential jurors are going too far.  READ MORE

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