Jury Deliberates In Trial Of Neighborhood Watch Volunteer

SANFORD, Fla. (July 12, 2013)—Jurors started deliberations Friday afternoon in Sanford, Fla., in the trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, 17, last year.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury will also be allowed to consider a manslaughter charge.

Under Florida gun crimes law, a conviction on either charge 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, which 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 the unarmed teenager in self-defense.

Jurors wrapped up deliberations for the day Friday evening.

They'll resume Saturday morning.


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