Zimmerman Guilty of Child Abuse?
This judge is ridiculous. It is unreal that they’re just throwing around charges in hopes one of them will stick. Hopefully the jury has some sense and throws every one of them out.
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After convincing the judge presiding over George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial to allow jurors to consider manslaughter, prosecutors sent the neighborhood watch volunteer’s defense lawyer into a rage by asking the judge to also include felony murder — based on child abuse — in the jury instructions.
“Just when I thought this case couldn’t get any more bizarre, the state is seeking third degree murder charges based on child abuse?” he said after the prosecution’s request. “It’s outrageous that the state would seek to do this at this point.”
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, claiming he shot the teen in self-defense. The six-member all-female jury is expected to get the case as early as Friday.
Judge Debra Nelson did not rule on the prosecution’s request that juror’s be able to consider the felony murder charge based on child abuse. Under felony murder statutes, a defendant can be charged with murder if he or she causes someone’s death while committing a felony, in this case, according to the prosecution, child abuse. At 17, Martin was a minor when he was killed.
“This is a trick by the state,” West said of the third-degree felony murder charge.