Today Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson, a 13-year veteran of the bench in Sanford, was officially assigned the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case.
The 58-year-old Nelson has a reputation as a hard-working, ambitious judge who hands down tough sentences.
Not long ago she sentenced a robbery suspect to 27 years in prison after he’d rejected a 20-year plea deal offered by a prosecutor.
“You don’t mess around with her,” said Lake Mary attorney Isadore Hyde Jr. “She’s very nice, very nice. You can tell her what’s on your mind on or off the bench, but she will send your a– away.
Source: Orlando Sentinel