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.
[Updated at 9:07 a.m. ET]
West is explaining what he has done the defense's suggested version of the jury instructions.
[Updated at 9:03 a.m. ET]
Judge Debra Nelson is on the bench. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara is preparing his closing argument so he will not be present for the hearing this morning.
[Updated at 8:58 a.m. ET]
Zimmerman is in the courtroom, and today's proceedings should begin shortly.