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Judge: Zimmerman jury can't consider 3rd-degree murder

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago July 11, 2013 Jul 11, 2013 Thursday, July 11 2013 July 11, 2013 11:45 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a prosecution request to include third-degree murder as a lesser charge in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge.

Judge Debra Nelson ruled Wednesday, saying it was best to exercise caution.

Defense attorney Don West had objected strongly to the third-degree murder proposal since it is premised on the idea Zimmerman committed child abuse when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

West called the instruction "outrageous."

The judge earlier ruled manslaughter can be considered as a lesser charge.

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