Jury in Zimmerman Case May Consider Other Charges

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KYLE HIGHTOWER
Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Prosecutors in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial want to ask jurors to consider lesser charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Prosecutors said they would ask that the lesser charges be included as they hammer out of jury instructions on Thursday.

Defense attorneys say they want the six jurors to only consider the second-degree murder charge or not guilty.

Judge Debra Nelson said Thursday she would allow jurors to consider manslaughter. Arguments on third-degree murder had yet to be made.

The six jurors could begin deliberating as early as Friday.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense last year.

The prosecution has finished its closing arguments Thursday.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda took over two hours to sum up the state's case against the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged in Trayvon Martin's death.

The prosecutor says Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal as he followed the teen through the townhome complex where Zimmerman lived and Martin was visiting.

Zimmerman's defense attorneys will make their closing arguments Friday morning, and then the case will go to jurors.


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