UPDATE: Jurors Start Deliberating George Zimmerman Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 7/12/13 5:09 PM CDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial have stopped deliberating and will return Saturday morning to resume their discussions.

Jurors told the judge Friday they wanted to break for the night and return the next day to talk about whether Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Jurors deliberated for three and a half hours when they decided to stop. About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence.

Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense last year.


UPDATE: 5/12/12 3:49 PM CDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial are asking the judge for a list of all the evidence.

Jurors asked for the inventory list about two hours after the started their deliberations Friday.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury can also choose manslaughter. He claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

The jury question prompted the judge, prosecutors, Zimmerman and his defense attorneys to return to the courtroom. Jurors did not come into the courtroom.

Jurors began their deliberations after listening to closing arguments from the defense and a rebuttal from the prosecution.


SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A jury is starting deliberations in the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury will also be allowed to consider manslaughter. Under Florida's laws involving gun crimes, a conviction on either could mean life in prison.

The jurors have been sequestered during the past three weeks. Because there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, jurors will likely rely heavily on testimony from police, neighbors, friends and family members. The testimony was often conflicting.

Jurors will have to determine whether Zimmerman took the law into his own hands or was in a fight for his life and shot Martin in self-defense.

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