Lesser charge possible for Zimmerman

2013-07-11 17:54
George Zimmerman (Picture: AP)

George Zimmerman (Picture: AP)

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Sanford - Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will be told they can potentially convict him for the lesser charge of manslaughter for the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a Florida judge said on Thursday.

"The court will give the instruction on manslaughter as a Category One," Seminole County Court Judge Debra Nelson said.

The decision on the charges that will be given to the panel of six women jurors was announced by Nelson, as lawyers for the defence and prosecution argued in a hearing closed to the jury, about the instructions they will be given in the closely-watched case.

Jury deliberations are expected to begin on Friday afternoon and Zimmerman faces up to life in prison if he is convicted of second-degree murder, the charge for which he was put on trial.

Under the lesser offense of manslaughter, he could face a maximum penalty of 30 years.

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