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Jury in Zimmerman case may consider other charges



Published: Thu, July 11, 2013 @ 12:18 p.m.

Jury in Zimmerman case may consider other charges

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 today.


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1123goz(453 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

They want lesser charges because they can't prove a case. This way, the jury can convict of something so they can avoid the riots. Why not add littering to the charges too?

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2walter_sobchak(1747 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

The best is that prosecutors want the jury to consider felony third-degree murder with a child abuse spec. Zimmerman may be a wanna-be cop but Trayvon was well on his way to be a typical thug and got what he deserved.

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3Knightcap(606 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

If GZ did a drive by shooting or just plain shot him for no reason then I could see charges and possibly 2nd degree. But he was defending himself having his head slammed against the concrete. Florida law has a stand your ground law which gives the victim a chance to save themselves from thugs like Rampage Martin. The police were right in their original assessment. What a spectacle going on with this trial. It should be thrown out completely.

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4shutyourface(246 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

I am WHITE. I want to ask you people who think George Zimmerman was defending himself a question. Why did he continue to pursue the 17yr old boy when 911 told him to back off? Come on he wanted to be a cop carrying a gun on watch he is a #ussy piece of $hit.

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5walter_sobchak(1747 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

shutyour face,
He didn't call 911, he called police non-emergency line. While he was relaying info to dispatcher, he got out of his vehicle because he lost sight of martin. He can't follow in a vehicle over the grass. At this point, he is heard huffing and puffing. The dispatcher asks him if he is following the suspect. Zimmerman said "yes" and the dispatcher said OK, we don't need you to do that". Zimmerman's response, "OK" and the huffing stops. Now, he is under no obligation to obey this dispatcher on the phone but he did. While going back to his vehicle, a confrontation ensued, Zimmerman received a broken nose and cuts on his head and Martin was shot in the chest. Now, at that point, SPD showed up, investigated on the spot, contacted the local prosecutor who said to release Zimmerman. For the next few days, Zimmerman recreated the scene for the SPD, took polygraph tests and passed, and his story only had minor changes or clarifications. It wasn't until the Governor, (pressed by Al Sharpton, Jesses Jackson, and BHO), assigned a state prosecutor that was looking to grab headlines since she was running for re-election that Zimmerman invoked his rights and sought lawyers. So, a manna-be cop shot a thug-in-training because he was being assaulted and was in reasonable fear for his life. Now, STFU!

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