Frye hearing held Thursday in Zimmerman case

George Zimmerman's trial begins next week


ORLANDO, Fla. – On Thursday, a Sanford judge is expected to rule on George Zimmerman's request to ban a list of words and phrases from trial.

The defense wants to prohibit prosecutors from using certain terms to describe Zimmerman during opening statements.

Words and phrases the defense wants banned include:

  • "Profiled"
  • "Vigilante"
  • "Self-Appointed Neighborhood Watch Captain"
  • "Wannabe Cop"
  • "He got out of the car after the police (or dispatcher) told him not to"
  • "He confronted Trayvon Martin"
  • The Frye hearing may spill into Monday.

    During Thursday's hearing, a judge may also rule on the science behind voice recognition. The debate  centers on a 911 call made February 26th of last year, the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Experts for both the defense and prosecution are slated to offer their thoughts on whether the voice belongs to Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman.

    Both sides claim the voice belongs to their side - most notably a state expert who goes as far as to say he can hear Martin say, "I'm begging you."

    On Wednesday, a judge ruled that the identities of potential jurors will be kept confidential and that they won't be sequestered, as requested by defense attorneys.

    During jury selection beginning next week, potential jurors only will be referred to 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 at least one month.

    Attorneys need to pick six jurors and four alternates.