Jury in Zimmerman Case May Consider Other Charges

Prosecutors in George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom during a recess in his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial want to ask jurors to consider lesser charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Prosecutors said they would ask that the lesser charges be included as they hammer out of jury instructions on Thursday.

Defense attorneys say they want the six jurors to only consider the second-degree murder charge or not guilty.

Judge Debra Nelson said Thursday she would allow jurors to consider manslaughter. Arguments on third-degree murder had yet to be made.

The six jurors could begin deliberating as early as Friday.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense last year.


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