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George Zimmerman Will Not Take the Stand

George Zimmerman Will Not Take the Stand

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

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.

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