ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The identities of potential jurors in the trial of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin will be kept confidential.
The judge presiding over George Zimmerman’s trial also ruled Wednesday that potential jurors won’t be sequestered, as requested by defense attorneys.
During jury selection beginning next week, potential jurors will be referred to only by their jury numbers.
Circuit Judge Debra Nelson says this is being done to protect jury candidates from potential harassment and public pressure.
The judge also prohibited photographers from taking photos of potential jurors during jury selection.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.
His trial starts next week and is expected to last about a month.
Attorneys need to pick six jurors and four alternates.