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Fate of George Zimmerman in hands of Florida jury

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 - 01:48

July 12 - The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial instructs the jury to begin deliberations immediately over whether George Zimmerman acted in self-defense, and with justifiable use of deadly force, when he fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Katharine Jackson reports.

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The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial instructs jurors on Friday to seek a unanimous verdict on one of three options - second-degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal, saying the burden of proof rests with the state. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JUDGE DEBRA NELSON SAYING: "The constitution requires the state to prove its accusation against George Zimmerman, it is not necessary for George Zimmerman to disprove anything nor is George Zimmerman required to prove his innocence." At issue: whether Zimmerman acted in self-defense, and with justifiable use of deadly force, when he fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin on a rainy night in Sanford, Florida last year. Prosecutors say Zimmerman was a "wannabe cop" who tracked down the teenager and shot him without justification. The conflict began when the former neighborhood watchman called police to report a suspicious person. The 911 call played out in court. NATURAL SOUND RECORDING OF 911 CALL FROM ZIMMERMAN TO POLICE: Police: "Are you following him?" Zimmerman: "Yes." Police: "We don't need you to do that" Zimmerman says Martin then attacked him and he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense. In closing arguments, Zimmerman's defense lawyer Mark O'Mara shifted blame to Martin. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK O'MARA, DEFENSE ATTORNEY, SAYING: "The person who decided this was going to continue, was going to become a violent event, was the guy who didn't go home when he had a chance to. It was the guy who decided to lie in wait." The 29-year-old former neighborhood watchman could face up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder for shooting Martin through the heart at point-blank range.

Fate of George Zimmerman in hands of Florida jury

Friday, Jul 12, 2013 - 01:48

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