Let Me Start: Jury to get Zimmerman case

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George Zimmerman stands for instructions from Judge Debra Nelson with attorney Don West, during his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday...
George Zimmerman stands for instructions from Judge Debra Nelson with attorney Don West, during his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday...
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The defense makes its closing arguments today in the trial of George Zimmerman. After that, Judge Debra Nelson will instruct the jury on the law, and the jury will begin its deliberations.

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Let Me Start: Jury to get Zimmerman case

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