Mantei is buttressing his argument with examples from case law now.
[Updated at 10:14 a.m. ET]
Mantei is arguing why Zimmerman should also be charged with third-degree felony murder. Mantei says the basis for the charge is that Zimmerman committed the felony of child abuse that resulted in death.
[Updated at 10:08 a.m. ET]
Nelson says that based on case law she will charge Zimmerman with manslaughter. Nelson is now asking if there are any objections the manslaughter jury instruction.
[Updated at 10:06 a.m. ET]
Prosecutor Mantei is giving his argument as to why Florida law demands that lesser included charges in this case.
[Updated at 10:04 a.m. ET]
Prosecutors are no longer seeking the lesser included charge of aggravated assault. They are now asking that Zimmerman be charged with third-degree felony murder.
[Updated at 10:03 a.m. ET]
Nelson is asking Zimmerman if he understands that his attorneys are objecting to the lesser included charges and that his attorney plans to argue during his closing argument that it's either second-degree murder or not guilty.
[Updated at 10:01 a.m. ET]
Judge Nelson says she just wants uniformity in regards to George Zimmerman or defendant so it will be George Zimmerman throughout the jury instructions. Nelson is reading through the merged version of the jury instructions.
[Updated at 9:58 a.m. ET]
Prosecutor Rich Mantei is objecting the defense's request to have any reference to "the defendant" replaced with "George Zimmerman" throughout the jury instructions.
[Updated at 9:56 a.m. ET]
Nelson is back on the bench, and West is bringing up an issue related to the charge of manslaughter, but says that can be addressed later.
The attorneys have merged a version of the jury instructions that merges the prosecution's and defense's drafts.
[Updated at 9:09 a.m. ET]
Nelson has recessed court for 30 minutes to allow the parties to review both the prosecution's and the defense's proposed versions of jury instructions.