UPDATE: Jurors Have Question, Judge Asks Them to Get More Specific

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE, Saturday, July 13, 5:00pm:

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The jury in the Florida neighborhood watch trial has asked the judge to clarify the instructions regarding manslaughter. But the judge sent a note back telling jurors she can only respond to a specific question, so if they have one, they should submit it.

The six female jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon on whether George Zimmerman committed a crime when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

Jurors have the option of considering the lesser charge of manslaughter.

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UPDATE, Saturday, July 13:

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Jurors have returned to deliberating whether George Zimmerman committed a crime when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

The six female jurors took an hour lunch break and returned to their discussions at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The jurors deliberated for three hours before breaking for lunch.

On Friday afternoon, they deliberated three and a half hours before leaving for the day.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but jurors also have the option of convicting him of manslaughter.

He is pleading not guilty, claiming he shot 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

About two dozen people gathered outside the courthouse awaiting a verdict Saturday, with supporters of the Martin family outnumbering those there for Zimmerman.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial have stopped deliberating and will return Saturday morning to resume their discussions.

Jurors told the judge Friday they wanted to break for the night and return the next day to talk about whether Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Jurors deliberated for three and a half hours when they decided to stop. About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence.

Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense last year.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A jury is starting deliberations in the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury will also be allowed to consider manslaughter. Under Florida's laws involving gun crimes, a conviction on either could mean life in prison.

The jurors have been sequestered during the past three weeks. Because there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, jurors will likely rely heavily on testimony from police, neighbors, friends and family members. The testimony was often conflicting.

Jurors will have to determine whether Zimmerman took the law into his own hands or was in a fight for his life and shot Martin in self-defense.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's defense has given its final arguments in the trial over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said Friday the prosecution's case was full of gaps and built upon a series "could've beens" and "maybes." He told jurors the burden was on prosecutors, and he said they hadn't proven Zimmerman's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

A jury of six women could begin deliberations as early as Friday afternoon, and they'll have to decide whether the neighborhood watch volunteer was a wannabe cop or someone who shot the unarmed black teenager in self-defense.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but jurors can also choose manslaughter. A conviction on either charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Prosecutors will next give their rebuttal.


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