George Zimmerman Trial: Jury Can Consider Manslaughter Conviction, Judge Rules

Source:  Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel

SANFORD — Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial today will hear the prosecution’s closing argument, urging them to find the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman’s defense rested its case Wednesday, after four days spent calling witnesses to support his self-defense claim.

Attorneys for both sides returned to court at 9 a.m. today, to argue about whether jurors should be allowed to consider lesser charges when they deliberate. The state wanted the jury to also be able to weigh convicting on manslaughter and felony third-degree murder. The defense objects to any lesser options.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson granted the request for jurors to consider manslaughter. Attorneys are still debating the other possible charge.

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