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Prosecutor says Zimmerman ‘went over the line’

Judge rules jury can consider manslaughter

SANFORD, Fla. — In a murder case of chain reactions, the chief prosecutor, Bernie de la Rionda, began with the very first link when he delivered closing statements in the George Zimmerman trial Thursday.

Trayvon Martin, a black, unarmed teenager carrying nothing but snacks, died of a gunshot to the heart for one reason, he said: Zimmerman saw himself as a cop and Martin as a hoodie-clad criminal.

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