SANFORD - George Zimmerman’%page_break% s attorneys are expected to wrap up their closing arguments Friday, leaving the jurors to decide whether the defendant fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
But before the jury begins to mull over the details of the trial, Judge Debra Wilson will read her instructions to the jury as a guide—something the prosecution and defense spent hours debating over—line by line, according to NPR.
In the 27 page document, the jurors are given an outline clarifying laws, charges and how they relate to the case, including justifiable homicide, excusable homicide, a break-down of Second-Degree Murder and Manslaughter, position of fire arms and discharge causing death.
There are also guidelines in considering key witnesses, weighing the evidence, and the fact that Zimmerman exercised his right not to testify, explaining that this is not an admission of guilt.
Martin was killed on Feb. 26, 2012 in a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood while walking to the home of his father's girlfriend.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, says he acted in self defense.
Martin’s family says Trayvon was racially profiled.
The case spurred a national debate on Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, national gun laws and race.
Zimmerman was charged with Second Degree Murder and the jurors will also be able to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter.
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