It is quite possible the jury in the George Zimmerman trial will begin deliberating sometime on Friday afternoon.
Zimmerman is charged by the state of Florida with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
Judge Debra Nelson ruled the jury can consider the lesser included charge of manslaughter.
Zimmerman has pled not guilty, and it is the state’s burden to prove that Zimmerman is guilty of the charges “to the exclusion of and beyond a reasonable doubt.”
According to the jury instructions that will be issued in the Zimmerman case, the jurors will be told:
If you find Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, you will then consider the circumstances surrounding the killing in deciding if the killing was Murder in the Second Degree or was Manslaughter, or whether the killing was excusable or resulted from justifiable use of deadly force.
As to the verdict, the jurors will be instructed:
You may find George Zimmerman guilty as charged in the Information or guilty of such lesser included crime as the evidence may justify or not guilty.
If you return a verdict of guilty, it should be for the highest offense which has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If you find that no offense has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, then, of course, your verdict must be not guilty.
Only one verdict may be returned as to the crime charged. This verdict must be unanimous, that is all of you must agree to the same verdict.
Click here to read the jury instructions in the “State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman” trial here.
H/T: Fox News