SANFORD, Florida -- The judge for the George Zimmerman murder trial ruled that the jury will not be able to consider a lesser offense of third-degree murder, which means the jury can only consider a second-degree murder or manslaughter conviction.
The judge announced the ruling on Thursday when the closing arguments for the case began.
Prosecutors made the proposal to include a lesser charge, which outraged defense attorney Don West in the courtroom on Thursday. According to CBS "West said prosecutors hid their intent to introduce the lesser charge, premised on the idea that Zimmerman committed child abuse when he shot and killed Martin, 17."
Zimmerman is charged with shooting and killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
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