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