Jury in Zimmerman case may consider Other Charges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Florida judge has denied a prosecution request to include third-degree murder as a lesser charge in George Zimmerman

FILE - George Zimmerman, right, and attorney Don West, stand as the judge enters the courtroom in Seminole circuit court for a pretrial hearing, in Sanford, Fla., in this Saturday, June 8, 2013 file photo. Jury selection begins Monday June 10, 2013 in the second-degree murder trial, which is expected to last about six weeks. Martin's killing drew worldwide attention as it sparked a national debate about race, equal justice under the law and gun control. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge has denied a prosecution request to include third-degree murder as a lesser charge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge.

Judge Debra Nelson ruled Wednesday, saying it was best to exercise caution.

Defense attorney Don West had objected strongly to the third-degree murder proposal since it is premised on the idea Zimmerman committed child abuse when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

West called the instruction "outrageous."

The judge earlier ruled manslaughter can be considered as a lesser charge.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty.


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