Updated:SANFORD, Fla. —
If the jury deliberating in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial tells Judge Debra Nelson it cannot reach a verdict, she will read them an Allen Charge.
What's an Allen Charge? An Allen Charge is a
strongly worded reminder given by a judge to a jury that is hung or divided, and it can only be read once during deliberations.
Ultimately, the jury decides how long it will continue deliberations. If jurors still cannot
reach a verdict, Nelson will declare a mistrial and the state will be free to try the case with a new jury.