Jurors in George Zimmerman’s trial spent 22 nights at a hotel, ordered in food, and dined out four times, according to details of the sequestration released by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on July 17.
The costs include:
Hotel- $1,000 daily
Meals – $375 daily
Excursions -$350 total
The jurors spent 22 nights being sequestered, which means limited contact with the outside world as not to influence their thinking during the trial, beginning on June 21.
The jurors dined out four times, including at Outback Steakhouse in Sanford and Senior Tequila’s in Winter Springs. They had many meals, including most breakfasts and dinners at the hotel, and ordered in for lunch at the courthouse.
They enjoyed several excursions on evenings and weekends, including bowling, shopping at a mall, and having dinner in St. Augustine, which included visiting the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. They also watched fireworks on the fourth of July and watched the movies “World War Z” and “The Lone Ranger.”
The jurors had individual rooms and got together regularly to socialize. On weekends family and friends visited.
The total sequestration costs were $33,000, and the total costs associated with the trial is $320,000.