New York Daily News - - NEWS - All-fe­male, largely white jury for Trayvon trial BY LISA LU­CAS in San­ford, Fla. and CORKY SIEMASZKO With Beth Steb­ner csiemaszko@ny­dai­

GE­ORGE ZIM­MER­MAN’S fate is in the hands of six women.

Five white women and a woman who sources said is of mixed black and His­panic her­itage were cho­sen Thurs­day to serve on the jury in the racially charged trial of the neigh­bor­hood watch­man charged with gun­ning down black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Four al­ter­nates were also cho­sen — two white women, one white man and a His­panic male.

Be­fore the jury was sworn in, Judge De­bra Nel­son asked Zim­mer­man if he was sat­is­fied with the panel. “Yes, your honor,” he replied. Open­ing state­ments in the trial will be­gin at 9 a.m. Mon­day.

It took two weeks to pick this panel for a case that caused a national up­roar and reignited the de­bate over unequal jus­tice when San­ford, Fla., po­lice re­fused at first to charge Zim­mer­man with a crime.

Nel­son has or­dered that the jury re­main anony­mous and se­questered.

The only mi­nor­ity on the panel is a mar­ried wom- an who lived in Chicago when Martin was killed. She works at a nurs­ing home and has eight kids.

Zim­mer­man, 29, has pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison if he is con­victed. He re­mains free on $1 mil­lion bond.

There is no dis­pute that Zim­mer­man fa­tally shot 17-yearold Martin in Fe­bru­ary 2012 while the un­armed teen was walk­ing to his fa­ther’s girl­friend’s home in a gated com­mu­nity out­side Or­lando. A cop wanna-be, Zim

mer- man reg­u­larly pa­trolled the de­vel­op­ment.

Martin, who lived in Mi­ami, was re­turn­ing from a 7-Eleven where he had pur­chased a pack­age of Skit­tles and an Arizona Wa­ter­melon Fruit Juice Cock­tail.

Pros­e­cu­tors con­tend Zim­mer­man pro­filed the hoodie-clad Martin and con­tin­ued to tail the teen af­ter po­lice dis­patcher Sean Nof­fke told him, “Okay, we don’t need you to do that.”

Zim­mer­man’s lawyers claim he shot the teenager with a li­censed hand­gun in self-de­fense af­ter Martin jumped him and beat him up.

Ge­orge Zim­mer­man and Trayvon Martin

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