Unrest possible as US teen's murder trial nears
SANFORD, Florida (AP) - Police prepared for possible protests or even violence as a high-profile US trial in the murder of an unarmed black teen neared its end.
Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, saying he fired in self-defence during a nighttime confrontation in February 2012 in his Florida gated community, where Martin was visiting family. Zimmerman says Martin was slamming his head into the concrete pavement when he fired his gun.
Jurors could begin deliberating as early as Friday. The defence was expected to give closing arguments on Friday morning.
The case drew national attention and protests when Zimmerman, 29, was not arrested for weeks after the shooting, and racial tensions have been exposed.