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George Zimmerman found not guilty in death of Trayvon Martin

A Florida jury on Saturday found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, in a case that sparked a national debate on race and guns.

The jury of six women returned the verdict after more than 16 hours of deliberation over two days. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury had the option of finding him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Zimmerman stood stone-faced as the verdict was read. He flashed a smile when the jurors left the courtroom. His parents embraced each other and his wife was tearful. If he had been convicted, the 29-year-old former neighborhood watch volunteer, who claimed he acted in self-defense, could have been sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder or up to 30 years for manslaughter.

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2 Comments to “George Zimmerman found not guilty in death of Trayvon Martin”

    lreffke said:
    July 14, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Will all the armchair jurors please shut up! Zimmerman has been tried and found guilty in the media from day one! He's had a trial, found NOT GUILTY, just as OJ was. I don't recall anyone from the black community saying it was t he wrong verdict. As far as Dean Richards, devoting his whole program to replaying this ad nauseum with his prejudice quite evident, that was disgraceful. He is a film critic, not a professor of law. STOP ALREADY.

      Bill S said:
      July 14, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Dean Richards, is the liberal he is! What can we say? A person who looks to George McGovern as a savior! Richards never wanted to address why the press continues to show a picture that was 5 years old of Travyon Martin? Stay on your entertainment jig, and leave everything else to the professionals!

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