updated 07/11/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/11/2013 AT 9:35 AM ET
A judge on Thursday will rule on whether to allow the jury in the Trayvon Martin case to consider additional charges against defendant George Zimmerman – which would allow him to be convicted of lesser crimes if he is acquitted of murder.
Prosecutors are asking the judge to let the jury consider manslaughter and aggravated assault when they begin deliberations on Friday, USA Today reports.
Some see the request, which Zimmerman’s lawyers oppose, as an indicator that prosecutors are not confident about the prospects of a second-degree murder conviction.