Judge: Zimmerman Jurors Can Consider Manslaughter Charge

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zimmerman 2013(CNN) — Jurors in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial will be allowed to consider at least one lesser charge — manslaughter — when they get the case after closing arguments, Judge Debra Nelson ruled Thursday.

But she put off a decision whether they could consider a charge of third-degree murder after attorney Don West offered fierce objection to the charge, which prosecutors said is based on the idea that Zimmerman committed child abuse in killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

“Oh my God,” he told Nelson. “Just when I thought this case couldn’t get any more bizarre, the state is seeking third-degree murder based on child abuse.”

Prosecutors are seeking the additional charges to give jurors more options should they find Zimmerman didn’t commit second-degree murder when he killed Martin on February 26, 2012.

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  • tracy

    Ok I dont know why the media has tried this case in court?What really makes me mad is that this trial got more coverage on 7/10/13 then the Boston bomber case.So by the media doing this has convinced me that they want to keep the eyes on the Zimmerman case so they may keep the racial image going. BUT WAKE UP ZIMMERMAN IS SPANISH THEIR IS NO SUCH THING AS WHITE MEXICAN OR WHITE SPANISH WHATEVER PHRASE THEY DECIDED TO USE!I went to the Dr yesterday and my release papers say it best (Race)White or Caucasian Not Hispanic Ethnicity Non Hispanic their is no such term they were using to describe Zimmerman.This case is not a racial is it about a YOUNG MAN losing his life by another human being Black Spanish Chinese White has nothing to do with it.People need to let the racial crap stop as their are no clear cut PURE BREADS as people want to call it anymore races have mixed for centuries and have destroyed the pure jean make up of all RACES ,LET THE RACE CRAP STOP AND LETS DEAL WITH ALL THE SENSE LESS KILLINGS GOING ON ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.