George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Jurors found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman not guilty in death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in a trial that garnered national attention.

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SANFORD, FL (July 13, 2013) -- Jurors found neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder Saturday night in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The six-member, all-woman jury deliberated for more than 15 hours over two days before reaching the verdict Saturday night in a trial that garnered national attention.

Jurors had the option of convicting Zimmerman of manslaughter, but did not do so, despite asking for a clarification of the charge earlier in the evening.

After hearing the verdict, Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go.

Jurors heard two different portraits of Zimmerman and had to decide whether he was, as prosecutors claimed, a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense because he feared for his life.

The verdict may not be the final chapter in the case.

Martin's family could pursue a wrongful death suit and the U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the shooting to determine whether Martin's civil rights were violated.


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