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Defense Begins Closing Arguments in Zimmerman Case

The defense began its closing arguments Friday morning in the trial of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The defense's closing arguments will then be followed by a one-hour rebuttal by the prosecution. After the rebuttal, the jurors will be sequestered to decide the verdict. The court proceedings have been going strong for nearly three weeks.

Mark OMara, the chief defense lawyer, warned jurors not to make any "snap judgments" about the defendant. He also advised jurors not to make assumptions about George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman worked as a neighborhood watch volunteer when the shooting took place in February 2012. On Thursday, Judge Debra S. Nelson, said the jury would also be able to consider manslaughter as a lesser charge. If Zimmerman is convicted of manslaughter with a firearm, he could face up to 30 years in prison. If he is convicted of the original charge, second-degree murder, Zimmerman could face life in prison.

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