Zimmerman Judge to Jury: Consider Manslaughter
Prosecutors want third-degree murder added as well
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2013 11:03 AM CDT
George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., July 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

(Newser) – Looks like George Zimmerman is having a few last-minute, albeit lesser, charges tacked on in his murder trial. The jury will be instructed to consider manslaughter in addition to second-degree murder, Judge Debra Nelson ruled today, amidst a pitched battle over jury instructions, HLN reports. Prosecutors want to throw third-degree murder into the mix as well, a move the defense team is contesting. Prosecutors have dropped their attempt to add aggravated assault.

"Just when I thought this case couldn't get anymore bizarre. The state is seeking third-degree murder based on child abuse," defense attorney Donald West complained. "Is the court going to give this any serious contention or consideration?" He called the prosecution's gambit a "trick." He also called the prosecution's definition of "justifiable use of deadly force" a trick, at which point Nelson told him to stop calling things tricks. The hearing comes ahead of closing arguments.

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Jul 14, 2013 7:15 PM CDT
We should praise the ability to analyze, not reward the disability. Six women had it, got it. www.memphispixnews.com
Jul 12, 2013 1:39 AM CDT
If Zimmerman didn't want to find himself in this situation, either then while facing a teen who he made as his business a target OR now while facing a jury of his peers. In 2013, you just don't walk up on people. Too any weirdos and freaks out there. He's guilty, plain and simple. And I'm glad Trayvon got in his licks before this creep wannabe cop shot him in cold blood.
Jul 12, 2013 1:32 AM CDT
I keep wondering why commenters that seem to have their opinion become a discredited commenter when they refer to black people as savages. It amazes me how smart some people appear, until they open their mouths. I think I should say to them that the new vision should include opening your minds instead of your mouth. I doubt no matter the outcome there will be any riots.