Judge adds manslaughter to Zimmerman’s potential charges

Judge Debra Nelson allowed the jury hearing George Zimmerman’s case to consider the charge of manslaughter, rather than third-degree murder.

Currently, the highest charge facing Zimmerman is second-degree murder, which, under Florida law, is equivalent to unlawful killing which “evinces a depraved mind regardless of human life.”

Although the prosecution asked for a third-degree murder charge to be included in the list of charges against Zimmerman on Thursday, July 11, arguing that the defendant was also guilty of child abuse, Judge Nelson ruled against it.

Zimmerman would face up to 30 years of imprisonment if he were convicted of manslaughter.

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