Zimmerman Jury Begins 2nd Day Of Deliberations

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SANFORD, FL - JULY 10: Defendant George Zimmerman (R) sits with his defense counsel Mark O'Mara (L) and Don West (C) during his murder trial during Zimmerman's murder trial July 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)
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SANFORD, FL - Jurors deciding the fate of George Zimmerman returned to court and resumed deliberations Saturday morning.

The jurors entered the courtroom briefly Saturday and were quickly dismissed by Judge Debra Nelson.

"All of the evidence will be back there with you," Nelson said, referring to the jury room and a request Friday by jurors to see an inventory of all the evidence in the case.

The six-woman jury has the option of acquitting Zimmerman or convicting him of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. Jurors began weighing evidence against Zimmerman Friday and recessed after three and a half hours.

Zimmerman, 29, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot Trayvon, 17, in self-defense after being attacked. State prosecutors, however, claim Zimmerman profiled, followed and murdered the teen on Feb. 26, 2012.

Before the jury began weighing evidence Friday, Nelson told the panel they must find, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Zimmerman is guilty of a crime.

"You must presume innocence. ... Zimmerman is not required ... to prove anything,'' she said. "The state must prove the alleged crime was committed. It's up to the state to prove his guilt."

Deliberations in the high-profile case began shortly before 2:30 p.m. Friday, after Assistant State Attorney John Guy gave the state's rebuttal statements to the defense's closing statements.

Guy, looking intently at jurors, said "that child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him."

Following a state tactic used throughout the trial, Guy quoted from Zimmerman's conversation by cellphone with a police dispatcher soon after spotting Trayvon. The prosecutor focused on Zimmerman saying "f--king punks" and "these a--holes always get away." Those words, Guy argued showed the frustration, hate and spite that motivated Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon.

Guy also put up a split screen of pictures: Trayvon's dead body on the grass and the bloody head of George Zimmerman after the shooting.

"Who lost the fight?" Guy asked. He added that if Zimmerman is acquitted it will send a message that grown men can follow and kill children.

He also repeated a sentence he delivered in his opening statement in the rebuttal: "The defendant didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to," he said.

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