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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

After a week-and-a-half of grilling potential jurors individually, attorneys have chosen 40 jury candidates to return for the second round of questioning in the George Zimmerman trial.

The potential jurors will now be questioned as a group on an array of different topics as attorneys seek to whittle down the group of 40 to just six jurors and four alternates who will decide the fate of the Florida neighborhood watch captain charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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In Florida, 12 jurors are required only for criminal trials involving capital cases, when the death penalty is being considered.

Zimmerman's parents, Robert and Gladys, showed up for the first time since jury selection began, to support their son, despite security concerns.  Martin's parents were also in attendance.

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There were a variety of questions, ranging from hobbies to personal privacy.  When asked by Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda if any of the potential jurors owned a gun, 12 answered yes. 

"I have two handguns, a revolver, semi-automatics," one juror replied.   Another potential juror confirmed that he was a member of the National Rifle Association, and yet another potential juror said, "Yes, I'm the father of two daughters, so I have a shotgun." That was followed with laughter from the other jurors.

Several people asked about being sequestered for 2 to 4 weeks during the trial.  Judge Debra Nelson explained, "'Sequestered' means you will be staying in a facility, hotel, in the area."

A potential juror replied, "So everyone else will get to go home on the weekends but us?" "Yes," she told him.

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Twenty-seven of the 40 potential jurors are white, seven are black, three are mixed race and three are Hispanic. The pool also is overwhelmingly female and skews middle-aged.

The racial and ethnic makeup of potential jurors is relevant, prosecutors say. They have argued that Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin when he followed the black teen last year as Martin was walking back from a convenience store to the home of his father's fiancee.

Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, fatally shot Martin a short time later following a confrontation that was partially captured on a 911 call.

The case has gained national attention, and, during the first round of jury selection, potential jurors were questioned at length about their knowledge of the case.

Privacy was also a concern for some of the prospective jurors.  One juror, a Hispanic man known as "P-67," worried about media coverage.

"Is there a way we can do this in private?" he asked.  "I can ask the court," said De la Rionda.  "Unfortunately, the media is allowed to be present."

After the jury pool left the room, P-67 stayed behind to explain.  He said his wife and child don't want him to be on the jury and are upset over how the media has described him.  De la Rionda asked, "The question is whether that would, in your opinion, impact you on whether you can sit as a jury?"  "Yes," he replied.  "You think that's going to impact you?" De la Rionda asked again.  "Yes.," he said.

But despite the concerns, some still were able to laugh as they talked about what they do in their spare time.  "How do you spend your time out of work?" De la Rionda asked potential juror "G-47." He replied,  "Sports, friends, beer."

In the first round, lawyers were only able to ask potential jurors about their knowledge of the case gleaned through the media and other means. In the second round, attorneys can ask a much broader array of questions regarding what they think about the case.

On Thursday, Zimmerman's attorney will get to ask jurors questions.  After that, the judge will do a separate hearing on whether voice experts will be allowed to testify in the trial.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense.

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