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George Zimmerman Trial: Fate now in hands of jury

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Photo Gallery: George Zimmerman trial, from gunshot to jury
George Zimmerman, left, appeared in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing ahead of his second-degree murder trial, which launches with jury selection June 10. He stands accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. / AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool


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  • Sanford, FL -- The fate of George Zimmerman now rests in the hands of the jury.

    Deliberations began around 2:30 Friday afternoon following closing arguments by the defense and a final rebuttal by the state.

    But after three and a half hours of deliberations, the jury was adjourned. Deliberations will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

    Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. The jury also has the option of considering a lesser charge of manslaughter.

    Friday morning defense attorney Mark O'Mara spent three hours telling the jury that there was more than enough reasonable doubt to let his client walk free. At one point O'Mara even said it was Martin who was the aggressor and the one who showed ill will and spite.

    "The person who decided that this is going to continue, that this was going to become a violent event was the guy who didn't go home when he had the chance to," O'Mara told jurors.

    To stress his point that Martin had plenty of time to go home, O'Mara paused for four minutes and said nothing. After the four minutes of silence, he said that's how long Martin had to get home.

    But during the state's rebuttal Assistant State Attorney John Guy called Zimmerman a man who had hate in his heart the night he followed Martin adding; "This isn't a case about standing your ground, it's about staying in your car."

    Guy later told the jury this was not a case about race, but a case about right and wrong.

    If convicted of second degree murder, Zimmerman could be sentenced to life in prison.

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