Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will be told they can potentially convict him for the lesser charge of manslaughter for the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a Florida ... more 
Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial will be told they can potentially convict him for the lesser charge of manslaughter for the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a Florida judge said. After taking less than a week to call 18 witnesses, George Zimmerman's defense attorneys have rested their case in the neighborhood watch volunteer's second-degree murder trial. The case is now expected to be sent to the six jurors. Zimmerman, who never testified, claims that he shot Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed, in self-defense while the teen straddled and punched him. The judge in George Zimmerman's murder trial rejected defense requests to allow into evidence photos and text messages from Trayvon Martin's phone as well as a computer animation of the slaying. Judge Debra Nelson said she will allow defense lawyers to show jurors the computer animation during closing arguments. But she rejected the defense bid to present the animation as actual evidence, which means the animation can't be reviewed by jurors during their deliberations. less 
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Thu, Jul 11, 2013 12:03 PM EDT