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Zimmerman trial coming to a close

SANFORD  --  Following 12 days of dramatic testimony, the murder trial of George Zimmerman is coming to a close.
   
The jury heard closing arguments from the prosecution today.
But not before a fight this morning over a prosecution request for the jury to be able to consider lesser charges.

It's the prosecution's closing arguments.
"A teenager is dead, he is dead through no fault of his own"

One of the last chances for the state to convince the jury once and for all that George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin.

"I would submit to you you'll come back with a verdict that speaks the truth. A verdict that is just. And that verdict would be that this defendant is guilty of murder in the second degree"

They got underway Thursday after a contentious morning in the courtroom over what the judge will tell the jury before the start of deliberations.

As a result, jurors will now have the option to consider a manslaughter charge, in addition to the 2nd degree murder charge Zimmerman has faced throughout this trial.

Judge Debra Nelson denied the prosecution's request to also allow the jury to consider a 3rd degree felony murder charge that included child abuse after hearing fierce opposition from the defense.

Oh my God, just when I thought this case couldn't get anymore bizarre
Much of the morning was overshadowed by fireworks between Judge Nelson and Defense Attorney Don West.

"I have provided you on 3 separate occasions with the court's professional conduct in the courtroom and included in that do not continue to argue with the court after we've ruled."

The defense is expected to begin its closing arguments Friday morning.
The all-female jury could begin deliberations by the afternoon.

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