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'Outrageous!': West blows up again

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  • Defense attorney Don West explodes at prosecution during hearing
  • West was upset State asked for 3rd-degree murder based on child abuse; judge denied prosecution's request

Saying "This is outrageous," defense attorney Don West went on a tirade Thursday over the prosecution's request to add third-degree murder to George Zimmerman's charges related to child abuse because Trayvon Martin was a minor when he was killed.

West, who is no stranger to run-ins with the judgecharacterized the state's move as a "trick" to murk up the trial with “loosely connected child abuse case law.” 

"Just when I thought this case couldn't get any more bizarre, the state is seeking third-degree murder based on child abuse. Is the court going to give this any serious contention or consideration, because if so we have a lot of talking to do," said West, appearing to seethe with anger. 

After hearing the arguments, the judge decided not to allow the charge because the facts of the case didn't support it, she said. 

You can get the very latest on the case and the judge's rulings here.

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