Defense attorney Mark O'Mara, left, and George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman Will Not Take the Stand

The defense rests as the focus in the trial of Trayvon Martin's killer shifts to the jury

by #teamEBONY, July 11, 2013

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Defense attorney Mark O'Mara, left, and George Zimmerman

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara, left, and George Zimmerman shake hands at the start of day 18 of Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court,

By early Friday afternoon, jurors should be deliberating whether Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman is a murderer. After nearly a year and a half of public debate about racial profiling and gun rights, six jurors - all women, five of them white - will decide whether Zimmerman killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense or committed a crime.

Zimmerman, 29, says he shot Trayvon after the unarmed Miami Gardens teen attacked him, bloodying and breaking his nose and pounding his head on a sidewalk. On Thursday Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson must decide what jurors should consider in reaching their verdict.

Prosecutors charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder, but they also want the jury to consider two less serious charges: manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Read it at Orlando Sentinel.

 
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