- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Florida judge for George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial said Thursday that the jury will be allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter.

The judge made that ruling in response to a filing from prosecutors, NBC reported. Attorneys for the plaintiffs had asked for the inclusion of two lesser charges — manslaughter and felony murder in the third degree with child abuse as the aggravating factor. The judge allowed one — manslaughter.

Defense attorneys had protested the idea of the jury being allowed to consider lesser charges at all.

Mr. Zimmerman could face life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He’s claimed he shot the teen in self-defense, in accordance with Florida “Stand Your Ground” gun laws.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide