(CBS NEWS) Deliberations have begun in the trial of George Zimmerman, the former
neighborhood watch volunteer charged in the shooting death of Florida teen
The jury, which consists of a panel of six women, is weighing a second-degree murder charge against the 29-year-old, who shot Martin during a confrontation last year in a gated Sanford, Fla. community. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming he shot Martin in self defense.
The panel of six women, which has been sequestered as the proceedings stretched into the end of their third week, will also weigh a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Zimmerman’s parents and wife and the family of Trayvon Martin were in the courtroom as the judge read jury instructions.