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The jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial went bowling, ate one dinner in St. Augustine where they also visited the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, had manicures and pedicures, and watched fireworks on the fourth of July during their three weeks of sequestration.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office was responsible for jurors during the trial.  In total, sequestrations costs were approximately $33,000 while preliminary figures indicate  approximately $320,000 was spent on overtime, equipment, other trial-related expenses.

The jury was originally sequestered on Friday, June 21 and spent 22 nights at the Marriott on International Parkway in Lake Mary.

During the sequestration, jurors had individual rooms and convened regularly in a suite for meals and to socialize.  They watched television and movies, exercised at the hotel fitness center, and spent weekends being visited by family and friends.

Anyone visiting members of the jury was asked to sign an agreement indicating they would not discuss the case with the jury member or disclose any information to outside parties about the details of their visit.

Most meals were provided through the hotel or were served at the courthouse, but they also included outings to restaurants in Sanford, Altamonte Springs, and Winter Springs.

Jurors also went to the movies to see "World War Z" and "The Lone Ranger." All movies viewed were preapproved by the court.

Jurors were provided access to the hotel's laundry service or could send laundry home with family members.

Jurors were permitted to go to appointments for personal care if accompanied by deputies. 

All television, Internet use, reading materials, mail, and phone calls were screened, monitored and logged by deputies to ensure jurors were not exposed to any trial information.

An undisclosed number of deputies were with the jurors at all times during their sequestration, the Sheriff's Office says.   They were permitted to receive their cell phones once per day to check voicemails and make telephone calls in the presence of a deputy.

Jurors paid for their own personal purchases and appointment costs.  The Sheriff's Office paid for the movie and bowling excursions and the Ripley's admission.

Although exact costs are not yet available, the hotel cost was approximately $1,000 daily, and meals were approximately $375 per day.  The excursion expenses were approximately $350.

 

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