Zimmerman Gets New Charge

July 11, 2013 by  

Zimmerman Gets New Charge, The jury in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial will be allowed to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter, the judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling was a partial victory for the prosecution, which sought to include two lesser charges from the original charge of murder in the second degree: manslaughter and felony murder in the third degree with child abuse as the underlying felony.

The charges stem from the Feb. 26, 2012, killing of Trayvon Martin, 17, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.

The defense argued against allowing the jury to consider any lesser charges, and defense attorney Don West called the child-abuse allegation “outrageous.”

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