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Zimmerman Jury Resumes Deliberation on Saturday Morning

Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images(SANFORD, Fla.) -- The six female jurors resumed closed door discussions to determine George Zimmerman's fate at a courthouse in Sanford, Fla., on Saturday morning, deciding whether the neighborhood watch volunteer committed a crime when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

The jury deliberated for over three hours on Friday before they adjourned at about 6 p.m. Before they left for the evening, the jury requested a list of the evidence presented by both sides. They resumed deliberation promptly at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Zimmerman could be found guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter, or he could be acquitted.

The jury is expected to pause deliberations between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday so that the jurors can eat lunch on site.

Zimmerman, whose facial expressions have been emotionless during the trial, appeared to smile in court on Saturday as Judge Debra Nelson spoke to the jurors shortly before instructing them to resume deliberations.

Zimmerman, 29, maintains that he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense on Feb. 26, 2012. If convicted of the most serious charge he could be sentenced to life in prison.

His attorneys told ABC News that he is worried about the prospects about possibly spending the rest of his life behind bars or, if acquitted, a life in hiding. He has spent the last few days huddled with family as he awaits the verdict.

According to ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Analyst, Dan Abrams, the jury is likely to find Zimmerman guilty if they base their decision on emotion, whereas a verdict based on the "letter of the law" is more likely to result in an acquittal.

A verdict, which must be unanimous amongst the six female jurors, could be reached as early as Saturday afternoon.

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