SANFORD, Fla. — Potential jurors’ views on race were the focus of questioning Monday in the second week of their selection for the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
A defense attorney questioned a potential juror extensively about her views on the case and whether she was bothered by protests led by civil rights leaders after Zimmerman’s shooting last year of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin.
A 44-day delay in Zimmerman’s arrest led to protests around the nation. Protesters questioned whether the Sanford Police Department was investigating the case seriously because Martin was a black teen from the Miami area.
The third juror questioned Monday morning was a middle-aged white woman who described the protests as unsettling and speculated that more marches could occur in Sanford if Zimmerman is not convicted of second-degree murder.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was walking through the community of townhouses where he lived when he spotted Martin walking back from a convenience store to a home belonging to his father’s fiancee. Zimmerman called a nonemergency police number, followed Martin, and at some point there was a fight between them that left Martin dead.
Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.
When the third juror was asked if she thought it was wrong when Zimmerman ignored a police dispatcher’s advice not to follow Martin, she answered ‘‘yes.’’