Zimmerman Trial

Judge: Jury Can Consider Other Charges

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.”