Jury in Zimmerman Case May Consider Other Charges

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“The state has charged him with second degree murder. They should be required to prove it,” West said. “If they had wanted to charge him with manslaughter … they could do that.”

Jurors could begin deliberating as early as Friday. Prosecutors were expected to give closing arguments Thursday afternoon, followed by the defense closing on Friday morning.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. On the night of the fatal scuffle in February 2012, Martin was visiting his father and his father’s fiancee at the same townhome complex where Zimmerman lived.

Zimmerman observed Martin while driving in his neighborhood, called police and the fight ensued after the neighborhood watch volunteer got out of his vehicle. Zimmerman claims Martin was slamming his head into the concrete pavement when he fired his gun.

Some civil rights activists argued that a delay in charging Zimmerman was influenced by Martin’s race, and protests were held around the nation in the 44 days between the fatal fight and Zimmerman’s arrest. Martin was black and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

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3 thoughts on “Jury in Zimmerman Case May Consider Other Charges

  1. The DA was adamant about charging 2nd deg murder in this case then he added manslaughter
    which was more appropriate, now he has a high profile case with a very shaky prosecution so he wants to bargain basement shop any charge that will at least get him a conviction…may work may not

  2. This is a game changer! The defense team has to be really upset about this decision. With the new standard (lesser charges of manslaughter) for guilt/innocents, GZ will definitely go to jail…

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