Zimmerman Prosecutors Wrap Up: He's a Murderer
Defense team takes its turn tomorrow, and then jury gets case
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2013 4:13 PM CDT
Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda shows a picture of a bloodied George Zimmerman to the jury.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

(Newser) – The prosecution finished its closing arguments today against George Zimmerman, with prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda arguing that the "wannabe cop" deserves prison because he wrongly profiled Trayvon Martin as a criminal and then took the law into his own hands. A key quote from the Orlando Sentinel:

  • "A teenager is dead because a man made certain assumptions ... and because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks on this earth."

The defense will get its turn tomorrow morning, and the jury is expected to begin deliberations in the afternoon, reports CNN. Even with the closing arguments getting underway, today's big news remains the judge's decision to allow the jury to consider lesser charges of manslaughter along with those of second-degree murder, either of which could bring life in prison. The AP explains the difference on the murder and manslaughter charges thusly:

  • "To win a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove Zimmerman showed ill will, hatred, or spite—a burden the defense has argued the state failed to meet. To get a manslaughter conviction, prosecutors must show only that Zimmerman killed without lawful justification."

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Jul 12, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
Let's take race out of the equation. The law should be blind to races, sex and age. A man shot a young adult. The man was acting out of self defense, the teen was the agressor. Would there be a national frenzy if we went by this scenario? No. The frenzy is that a "white" man shot a "black" teen. How about reversing the roles: black man shot white teen. There would not be the outpouring of rage happening now. The jury has to find him guilty in order to stem any riots that would most definitely happen otherwise. Why? Why should the majority bow to the wishes of the minority in this instance? White Europeans make up 72.4% of the population and Black/African Americans 12.6% (2010 census). Not every thing is racist. Why make it that way? And why, when you voice your opinions, are you considered racist if a group of others don't agree with you? And what about the man that broke into a home and beat the woman senseless? He was black and she was white. Where is the outrage? Where is the rioting? This country is so screwed up and I have had enough of race issues. We are all humans with different backgrounds. No one person should be persecuted to keep race riots at bay.
Jul 12, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
The prosecution had no case in the first place to convict the guy of murder or manslaughter. And calling the guy a murderer is bogus because Trayvon Martin was seen on top of Zimmerman.
Jul 12, 2013 12:00 PM CDT
He's absolutely right, Zimmerman took the law into his own hands and should have to suffer the consequences of his actions.