Closing Arguments Expected to Wrap up in the George Zimmerman Murder Trial

Jurors will begin deliberation Friday, to decide whether George Zimmerman killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in cold blood, or if he was trying to defend himself when he shot the unarmed teen.

Despite defense objections, Judge Debra Nelson ruled the jury could consider manslaughter charges, meaning killing without justification, instead of just second degree murder. For a second degree murder conviction, the prosecutors have to prove Zimmerman had malice and hatred for Martin.

"To quote the defendant, he was one of those a-holes that get away. Pardon my language. He was one of those f-ing punks," said prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda.

In closing arguments Friday morning, the defense is expected to claim murder and manslaughter charges don't apply because Zimmerman shot Martin to save his own life.

A verdict could come down as early as Friday evening, and police in Sanford, Florida and Martin's hometown of Miami are on standby in case there is a violent reaction to the decision. In Sanford, the sheriff's department has been running TV ads calling for peace after the verdict.

Miami police have been undergoing riot training. Officials say it's purely coincidental, and that yearly mandatory training. The police union says it's a little too coincidental; they point out the yearly training hasn't taken place since 2011.


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