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Updated: 7/13/2013 10:07 pm
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors have left the courtroom to resume their deliberations in George Zimmerman's murder trial.

Jurors reconvened in the courtroom at 9 a.m. and will continue discussing whether Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

Jurors deliberated for three and a half hours Friday and decided to stop in the evening. About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence.

Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense last year.

On Friday, as the jury began their discussions, police and civic leaders in this Orlando suburb went on national television to plead for calm in Sanford and across the country, no matter what the verdict.

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SANFORD, Fla. -- Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial asked the judge for a list of all the evidence, before ending deliberations Friday afternoon. The panel will be back Saturday morning at 9.

Jurors asked for the inventory list about two hours after they started their deliberations Friday.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury can also choose manslaughter. He claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

The jury question prompted the judge, prosecutors, Zimmerman and his defense attorneys to return to the courtroom. Jurors did not come into the courtroom.

Jurors began their deliberations after listening to closing arguments from the defense and a rebuttal from the prosecution.

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SANFORD, Fla. (WFTV) -- A prosecutor in George Zimmerman's murder trial has ended his rebuttal, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer told a series of lies in his statements about shooting Trayvon Martin.

Prosecutor John Guy argued that Zimmerman repeatedly lied about the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin.

His rebuttal came after defense attorney Mark O'Mara said prosecutors had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman committed second-degree murder.

Jurors are taking a lunch break, and when they return Judge Debra Nelson will read them jury instructions.

The six jurors will then begin deliberations.

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In his rebuttal, Guy accused Zimmerman of telling "so many lies." He said Martin's last feeling was fear.

"Isn't that every child's worst nightmare, to be followed on the way home in the dark by a stranger," Guy said. "Isn't that every child's worst fear?"

Because there were no eyewitnesses, the panel of six women will likely rely heavily on testimony -- which was often conflicting -- from police, neighbors, friends and family members. They will have to decide if they can determine who was yelling for help on a 911 call that recorded the shooting, and whether Zimmerman was a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or someone who was in a fight for his life, with his head being repeatedly slammed into the ground.

Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2012 shooting, but the jury will also be allowed to consider manslaughter. Under Florida's laws involving gun crimes, manslaughter could end up carrying a penalty as heavy as the one for second-degree murder: life in prison.

O'Mara dismissed the prosecution's contention that Zimmerman was a "crazy guy" patrolling his townhome complex and "looking for people to harass" when he saw Martin, an unarmed black teenager. O'Mara also disputed prosecutors claim that Zimmerman snapped when he saw Martin because there had been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood, mostly by young black men.

Zimmerman at no point showed ill will, hate or spite during his confrontation with Martin, which is what prosecutors must prove for second-degree murder, O'Mara said.

"That presumption isn't based on any fact whatsoever," O'Mara said.

O'Mara also told jurors to ask themselves what Martin was doing during the four minutes from when he started running at the urging of a friend he was talking to on a cellphone to when he encountered Zimmerman. Martin was planning his attack instead of going back to the townhome where he was staying, O'Mara said. The defense attorney let four minutes of silence pass to emphasize the amount of time.

"The person who decided ... it was going to be a violent event, it was the guy who decided not to go home when he had a chance to," O'Mara said.

The defense attorney bolstered his arguments with a poster-board timeline of events, a power point-presentation showing witnesses who had testified and a computer-animated depiction of the fight based on Zimmerman' account. O'Mara also placed two cardboard cut-outs of Zimmerman and Martin in front of jurors to show Martin was considerably taller than Zimmerman, although Zimmerman was much heavier.

To invoke self-defense, Zimmerman only had to believe he was facing great bodily harm, O'Mara said. He asked jurors not to let their sympathies for Martin's parents interfere with their decision.

"It is a tragedy, truly," O'Mara said. "But you can't allow sympathy."

O'Mara's conversational style contrasted prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda's booming presentation a day earlier.

De la Rionda said in his closing argument that Zimmerman assumed Martin was a criminal who was up to no good when he confronted him in his neighborhood. A scuffle followed, and Zimmerman fired his gun.

"A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own," de la Rionda said. "He is dead because a man made assumptions. ... Unfortunately because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks this Earth."

Judge Debra Nelson's ruling to allow consideration of the manslaughter charge came despite the objections of Zimmerman's lawyers.

To win a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove Zimmerman showed ill will, hatred or spite -- a burden the defense has argued the state failed to meet. To get a manslaughter conviction, prosecutors must show only that Zimmerman killed without lawful justification.

Allowing the jurors to consider manslaughter could give those who aren't convinced the shooting amounted to murder a way to hold Zimmerman responsible for the death of the unarmed teen.

It is standard for prosecutors in Florida murder cases to ask that the jury be allowed to consider lesser charges that were not actually brought against the defendant. And it is not unusual for judges to grant such requests.

As the nation awaits a verdict in the trial, police and city leaders in Sanford and South Florida say they have taken precautionary steps for the possibility of mass protests or even civil unrest if Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, is acquitted, particularly in African-American neighborhoods where passions run strongest over the case.

There were massive protests in Sanford and other cities across the country when authorities waited 44 days before arresting Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has claimed he fired in self-defense after Martin sucker-punched him and began slamming his head into the pavement. Prosecutors have disputed his account and portrayed him as the aggressor.

De la Rionda argued that Zimmerman showed ill will and hatred when he whispered profanities to a police dispatcher over his cellphone while following Martin through the neighborhood. He said Zimmerman "profiled" the teenager as a criminal.

"He assumed Trayvon Martin was a criminal," de la Rionda said. "That is why we are here."

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doug1 - 7/13/2013 5:12 PM
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since all rhose people are demonstrating in sanford when those black pants on the ground idiot punk thugs go on trial in ga. maybe a bunch of us should go and demand they get a needle for killing a white baby. where's al, jesse and the rest of the possee on that one? doug1.

c9bcrewman - 7/13/2013 1:02 PM
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I feel all the fact's about the kid's background has not been told. we will never know because we were not there. why do's the black people and the naacp never show up when a black person kill a white person. there is too much killing either white or black. stop it people, now.

nativejax - 7/13/2013 12:52 AM
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As long as we 'view' read' 'buy' 'watch' 'listen' to the leftist/biased mainstream media, they will keep shoving it on us at OUR expense and NOT tell the truth. Boycott it all...when their ratings plummet, maybe they will quit bowing down to the muslim king. Maybe we should threaten to 'riot' like the thugs and thug lovers do? Did you see the 'new black panther signs they are holding in front of the courthouse in Sanford? THREATENING THAT IF ZIMMERMAN WALKS, HE'S A DEAD MAN...WHY ARN'T THE POLICE ARRESTING THESE THUGS? IF WE DID THAT WE WOULD BE ARRESTED...Time to stand together, I will NOT be intimidated or forced to 'stay in my house because a bunch of thugs want to fight in MY STREETS in any town U.S.A. BY THE LETTER OF THE LAW, Zimmerman should be acquitted. NASTY ass thugs are not taking over my Country ONE LIE AT A TIME.

nativejax - 7/13/2013 12:51 AM
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As long as we 'view' read' 'buy' 'watch' 'listen' to the leftist/biased mainstream media, they will keep shoving it on us at OUR expense and tell the truth. Boycott it all...when their ratings plummet, maybe they will quit bowing down to the muslim king. Maybe we should threaten to 'riot' like the thugs and thug lovers do? Did you see the 'new black panther signs they are holding in front of the courthouse in Sanford? THREATENING THAT IF ZIMMERMAN WALKS, HE'S A DEAD MAN...WHY ARN'T THE POLICE ARRESTING THESE THUGS? IF WE DID THAT WE WOULD BE ARRESTED...Time to stand together, I will NOT be intimidated or forced to 'stay in my house because a bunch of thugs want to fight in MY STREETS in any town U.S.A. BY THE LETTER OF THE LAW, Zimmerman should be acquitted. NASTY ass thugs are not taking over my Country ONE LIE AT A TIME.

Kelly of GCS - 7/12/2013 11:55 PM
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will someone tell me why the news media keep showing a picture Trayvon Martin that is 3 years old. the picture the show and shows him at about 14 or 15 years old. why don't they show pictures that are recent, like the pictures on his phone with his gang signs and his other violent tendencies. I know what the media is doing I don't know why. that's the problem with the news they are biased. or maybe they just want to sell more news. is big news of a white man kills a black boy, I guess it wouldn't be news if he shot a black man that was 5 inches taller than him beating thee hell out of him. Zimmerman was doing what he was supposed to do. he was watching the neighborhood for suspected criminal activity. Trayvon Martin fit the profile. its not a racial profile its a fact that young black men walking slow around at night commit most of the crimes. news people show the truth show the real travon. at least get an up-to-date picture.

tlynn - 7/12/2013 10:26 PM
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@murphette88…That link went to MLK's Speech…I have a dream...

Realchange - 7/12/2013 10:06 PM
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Explain the hoodies in the last 3 shootings where black men hold up stores and kill the clerks while wearing hoodies. It's clothing but it is also used as thug mask of sorts.

Realchange - 7/12/2013 10:04 PM
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Please do not portray Trayvon Martin as innocent young man. Dig into his back ground, and you will find a bully and criminal in training. He got angry Zimmerman was following and decided to make him bleed for snitching on him. Read his texts to friends in the past warning him about fighting to much. Read his texts trying to buy a street gun. Read his school record about caught with stolen jewelry. In short Zimmerman was right about him he was suspicious person. 45 mins to walk home by some estimate in a walk that took like 5 to 10 mins to get there. Maybe he was just on the phone with the girl more likely he was casing his new area stuff to steal. Sad fact is the dad was trying to turn him around problem was this kid needed straightening out the hard way and fast. Everyone talks about Zimmerman past the fact is what the defense atty said is true. If he really had assaulted an officer as claimed they would never took plea bargain they make examples of people that strike an officer even back then especially a federal officer as alleged in this case. I want Travyon's father to explain his son trying to buy handguns, bragging about how snitch hadn't bleed enough for him and was going bleed again. His constant failure in school being charged with criminal things and getting off. Obama must be proud to find out about the "real" Travyon Martin. The sad part this is the Jury knows nothing of Martin past where he would attack people that disagreed with him or even snitched on him.

murphette88 - 7/12/2013 8:02 PM
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:) not spam. Please watch. http://youtu.be/-J9fdQLNiAY?t=2m45s

nativejax - 7/12/2013 3:14 PM
3 Votes
The prosecution even played on the jury's sympathy by trying to have Zimmerman charged with 'child abuse'!!!!!! THIS death would not have happened if MR AND MRS MARTIN had been charged with CHILD NEGLECT when he started messing up.
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