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George Zimmerman Trial: "Everybody needs a fair trial," potential juror says

George Zimmerman, right, leaves the courtroom during a recess, with his attorney Mark O'Mara, in Seminole circuit court on the first day of his trial, in Sanford, Fla., Monday, June 10, 2013. Zimmerman is accused in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
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(CBS) -- As jury selection continued in the George Zimmerman trial Monday afternoon, lawyers were questioning several of the potential jurors that reported to the Seminole County Criminal Courthouse about their knowledge of the case and their ability to render an impartial verdict.

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About 100 potential jurors arrived at the courthouse Monday and began filling out questionnaires. Six jurors and several alternates are expected to be chosen from a pool of about 500.

Zimmerman, 29, is accused in the February, 2012 shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin during a confrontation in a Sanford, Fla. gated community. Zimmerman argues he killed Martin in self-defense after the teen attacked him.

Because the case has received intense media spotlight, attorneys are questioning potential jurors closely about what they may have heard in the news media, whether they may have formed any opinions, and whether they would be able to put aside what they've heard about the case and make decisions based only on evidence presented in court.

The identities of the potential jurors are being kept secret, and they are being referred to by number. 

Potential juror "B-29," a married nursing assistant and mother, said she had recently moved to Florida from Chicago and knew little about the case other than "some little boy passed away."

When asked by a defense attorney if she felt she could give George Zimmerman a fair trial knowing that Martin was a minor when he died, she replied in the affirmative.

"Everybody needs a fair trial - everyone," she said. "I feel that at the end of the day, you have to listen to both sides. Every side has a truth."

"B-29" said that serving on a jury for several weeks wouldn't pose a hardship to her or her family, but that the possibility of being sequestered would be difficult.

"Emotionally, if we're talking about feelings, being away from your kids - it's hard," she said. "But something I would do physically and mentally for myself, I wouldn't mind doing it."

The next potential juror, "B-30," said that he had once been asked by a news reporter about the case, but "I just told them I didn't know any of the facts."

When asked by prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda what he knew about the case, he said, "[Martin] was out walking one night and the defendant made contact with him somehow, and there was a scuffle and the gun went off."

The jury selection process could last up to three weeks.

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