While living in isolation during the George Zimmerman murder trial, jurors went bowling, saw a Fourth of July fireworks display and got manicures and pedicures, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.
Those were counterpoints to the solemn work they were required to do during the day: look at autopsy photos, watch the re-enactment of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and repeatedly listen to the recording of someone crying for help and a fatal gunshot.
Their sequestration began — meaning they were forced to live largely out of touch with the outside world — on June 21, the date they were selected as jurors, and lasted three weeks.
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They had individual hotel rooms at the Marriott on International Parkway in Lake Mary but gathered regularly for meals and to socialize, the Sheriff's Office reported.
All of their television, Internet use, reading materials, mail and phone calls were screened, monitored and logged by deputies, the Sheriff's Office reported, to make sure jurors were not exposed to trial information.
Zimmerman, 29, is the Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012.
The jury was sequestered for 22 nights.
During that time, jurors were allowed visits from friends and family members on the weekends.
They also had very limited access to their cellphones: Once a day they could check voice mail and make phone calls — in the presence of a deputy.
They had several social outings on evenings and weekends: to St. Augustine; to a fireworks display on July Fourth; to the Volusia Mall; to a bowling alley; to get manicures and pedicures; and to see two movies, "World War Z" and "The Lone Ranger."
Florida law requires the Clerk of the Court to pay for a sequestered jury's food and lodging. In this case, that was about $1,000 for lodging plus $375 a day for meals each day.
The total, the Sheriff's Office reported, was about $33,000.
Other Sheriff's Office expenses for the trial, including personnel overtime, total about $320,000, the Sheriff's Office reported.