July 13, 2013
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The special state's attorney whose office prosecuted the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman says she is disappointed a jury found Zimmerman not guilty.
But State Attorney Angela Corey said Saturday night that she believed the charge was appropriate because Zimmerman's mindset "fit the bill of second-degree murder."
George Zimmerman blinked and barely smiled as the six-member, all-woman jury announced its verdict following more than 15 hours of deliberations over two days.
Martin's mother and father were not inside the courtroom when the verdict was read, but supporters of Martin's family who had gathered outside the courthouse yelled out "No! No!"
The jury had been given the chance to convict Zimmerman of manslaughter but did not do so, despite asking for a clarification of the charge earlier in the evening.
Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, had tears in her eyes after the six-member, all-woman jury delivered its verdict Saturday night.
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Jurors have found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The six-member, all-woman jury deliberated for more than 15 hours over two days before reaching their decision Saturday night.
They had been given the chance to convict 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 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.