1. Zimmerman Trial

    Judge: Jury Can Consider Other Charges

    Pool photo by Gary W. Green,via AP

    Closing arguments began Thursday in the trial of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The drama in the courtroom has been watched closely, especially a debate over the 911 call the night of the shooting, which both sides claim as evidence. After a request from the prosecution, judge Debra Nelson ruled Thursday that the jury may consider convicting Zimmerman on a lesser charge like manslaughter or aggravated assault. Zimmerman’s lawyers insisted Wednesday the charge should be murder or nothing, and said that their client is worried about his “personal safety.”

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    When the judge allowed the jury to consider charges other than second-degree murder, Zimmerman's defense got heated.

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