1. Zimmerman Trial

    Judge: Jury Can Consider Other Charges

    Standing next to his defense attorney Don West, left, George Zimmerman addresses Judge Debra Nelson during 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)

    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.”

    As closing arguments begin.

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

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