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Zimmerman attorney wants jury pool sequestered

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Updated: 5/23/2013 5:33 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- George Zimmerman's attorney says he is going to ask a judge to sequester not only the jury but the jury pool in the upcoming trial of the Florida neighborhood watch leader.

Attorney Mark O'Mara said Thursday that may involve sequestering 500 potential jurors in order to find six people who can serve on the jury.

O'Mara says he hasn't ever heard of 500 people being sequestered, but he says the Zimmerman case has attracted an unusual amount of publicity. He says he worries that the publicity will influence potential jurors.

Zimmerman is set to go on trial next month for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder.

A judge will get a chance to consider O'Mara's request at a hearing next week.

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