George Zimmerman Jury Allowed to Consider Lesser Charge of Manslaughter
In a ruling this morning, Judge Debra Nelson will allow jurors to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter against George Zimmerman. The defense wanted the jury to only consider the second-degree murder charge Zimmerman faces as well as a not guilty verdict, and not lesser included offenses.
From CBS News:
But a request by prosecutors for the jury to also consider a lesser charge of third-degree felony murder – an offense that includes the commission of child abuse – drew heated opposition from the defense.
Defense attorney Don West called the possible lesser charge of third-degree felony murder “outrageous” and a “trick” by the state. He said prosecutors asked for the inclusion at the last minute.
“Just when I thought this case couldn’t get any more bizarre, the state is seeking third-degree felony murder based on child abuse?” West said.