Judge Debra Nelson has granted the prosecution’s request that in addition to second degree murder, George Zimmerman also face manslaughter charges in the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
She has not decided if Zimmerman will face other lesser charges, such as third degree murder.
Prosecutor Rich Mantei said they decided to not pursue the lesser charge of aggravated assault.
Zimmerman is accused of killing Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. Martin was walking through Zimmerman’s neighborhood that night when Zimmerman saw him and told police that he looked suspicious. The two got into a physical fight, and Zimmerman said he was forced to draw his gun and shoot Martin in self-defense.
Attorneys will also hash out the final jury instructions Thursday morning before closing arguments begin at 1:00 p.m.
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