Zimmerman Jury Begins Day 2

Jurors deliberated for 3.5 hours last night

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 13, 2013 8:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – The jury in George Zimmerman's murder trial began a second day of deliberations today in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Jurors reconvened in the courtroom at 9am. A few smiled as the judge addressed them before they left to continue their discussions. The jury began deliberations after contentious closing arguments yesterday afternoon, even as police and civic leaders went on national television to plead for calm, no matter what the verdict. "There is no party in this case who wants to see any violence," Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said. "We have an expectation upon this announcement that our community will continue to act peacefully."

Jurors deliberated for three and a half hours when they decided to stop last night. About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury will also be allowed to consider manslaughter. Under Florida's laws involving gun crimes, manslaughter could end up carrying a penalty as heavy as the one for second-degree murder: life in prison. To win a manslaughter conviction, prosecutors must show only that Zimmerman killed without lawful justification.

FILE - This undated file family photo shows Trayvon Martin. Trayvon, 17, was slain in a 2012 shooting in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood crime-watch captain George Zimmerman. Zimmerman's defense attorney began his final arguments Friday, July 12, 2013, trying to convince six jurors that the neighborhood watch volunteer acted in...
FILE - This undated file family photo shows Trayvon Martin. Trayvon, 17, was slain in a 2012 shooting in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood crime-watch captain George Zimmerman. Zimmerman's defense attorney...   (Anonymous)
Demonstrators hold banners and signs and shout outside the Seminole County Courthouse, while the jury deliberates in the trial of George Zimmerman, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Demonstrators hold banners and signs and shout outside the Seminole County Courthouse, while the jury deliberates in the trial of George Zimmerman, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has...   (John Raoux)
Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda shows George Zimmerman's gun to the jury while presenting the state's closing arguments against Zimmerman during his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, July 11, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon...
Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda shows George Zimmerman's gun to the jury while presenting the state's closing arguments against Zimmerman during his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford,...   (Gary W. Green)
George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.  Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed...   (Joe Burbank)
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom for  his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012...   (Joe Burbank)
Curtis Sykes, of St. Petersburg, Fla., demonstrates in front of the Seminole County Courthouse while the jury deliberates in the trial of George Zimmerman, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Curtis Sykes, of St. Petersburg, Fla., demonstrates in front of the Seminole County Courthouse while the jury deliberates in the trial of George Zimmerman, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman...   (John Raoux)
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, watches her husband arrive in the courtroom during his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.  Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, watches her husband arrive in the courtroom during his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman...   (Joe Burbank)
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom during his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.  Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom during his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012...   (Joe Burbank)
James Evan Muhammad, of the New Black Panther Party, demonstrates in front of the Seminole County Courthouse while the jury deliberates in the trial of George Zimmerman, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
James Evan Muhammad, of the New Black Panther Party, demonstrates in front of the Seminole County Courthouse while the jury deliberates in the trial of George Zimmerman, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Sanford,...   (John Raoux)
George Zimmerman speaks to attorney Mark O'Mara after the jury left to deliberate during his trial in Sanford, Fla. Friday, July 12, 2013.
George Zimmerman speaks to attorney Mark O'Mara after the jury left to deliberate during his trial in Sanford, Fla. Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
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