Verdict reached in George Zimmerman trial

Jury: Neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty
Associated Press
Jul 13, 2013

After deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days, jurors have reached a verdict in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial.

The jurors notified the judge Saturday night a little before 10 p.m. they had reached a decision.

Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

The six-member, all-woman jury began deliberating at 2:30 p.m. Friday after spending part of the day listening to the defense closing arguments and a rebuttal from the prosecution.

The case drew massive protests after a 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest. Demonstrators demanded Zimmerman's arrest.

The police chief in Sanford, where Martin was shot and where the trial was being held, urged peace after the verdict was read.

 

Comments

The Good Doctor

A travesty of justice

ervkosch

Why is it a travesty when you don't get your way BUT when it goes your way it's victory? As I understand it all the trial issue where from the prosecutor. The IT guy who got fired comes to mind.

AnAmerican

You obviously haven't done your homework or followed the facts of the trial. Get over the racist bull already.

Richard Bebb

Anyone who says this was a travesty of justice obviously did not follow the actual trial and are basing their opinion on what they have been spoon fed by the media. All anyone had to do was watch one day of testimony and they would have seen that the prosecution never proved their case and there was never any evidence that this was anything but a justifiable homicide.

RNR

justifiable homicide? Zimmerman should never had a gun for a neighborhood watch in the first place. Zimmerman was told not to follow Martin, however he did so anyways. And since when is it okay to shoot and kill a kid half your age.... even if they did or did not hit you. If Zimmerman did not have a gun and followed the 911 operators directions this would not have happened. Zimmerman was wrong from the begining!

Mystery_Cheese

It was advised he didn't pursue, but a 911 operator has no authority over anyone, and Zimmerman didn't want to lose sight of this possible thief. Also, it's always been okay to shoot and kill a kid half your age if they're currently beating your head into the ground.

I think it was a tragedy that could've been avoided by both parties involved, but Zimmerman was not guilty of murder, just self-defense.

whazup

So true.

deertracker

This was not justifiable in any way.

Mystery_Cheese

To you, it was not justified. To the jury, and many other people, it was justified.

Mum-of-One

Runyan v. State (1877) 57 Ind. 80, 20 Am.Rep. 52, is one of the earliest cases to strongly support and establish in U.S. law an individual's right to initiate self-defense actions up to and including the justifiable use of lethal force against an aggressor.
In Runyan, the court stated "When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justiciable."

Darwin's choice

Wonder if Obama will have a news conference?

beepx22

he'll probably just drone Zimmerman

4shizzle

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sandtown born a...

Justice???

he said she said

wonder how long it will take Zimmerman to get into another situation like this after following someone else? what if the next person he follows has a gun and kills him? will this person get the chair for defending themselves?

stayfit

This will not happen again. Violent 17-year-old's in gated communities aren't everywhere. If it weren't for the media misrepresenting his age and black groups trying to make Martin a martyr, Zimmerman would have never charged with a crime. If Zimmerman were black, you would have never heard of him or Martin.

he said she said

stayfit--IMO if Zimmerman would have listened to the dispatcher when he told him not to follow Martin, none of this would have happened.

Zimmerman should have kept his distance just like the police dispatch said. Martin more than likely feared for his life being followed by someone that he didn't know and defended himself. You don't pull a gun on someone that is hitting you with fists period.

Zimmerman said he was part of a block watch he was not an LE officer to be carrying a gun.

Mystery_Cheese

There's a lot of "ifs". If Martin had contacted the police first, that may have prevented the tragedy. If Martin or Zimmerman had identified themselves to each other, that may have prevented the tragedy. Unfortunately, the real world has no room for "ifs".

Also, Zimmerman was allowed to carry a gun, and according to the jury, he was fully in his right to defend himself by any means necessary.

I'd like to know what you would do, placed in a situation where you're being pounded by someone's fists. Will you just sit there and take it, until you're so bloody and beaten, you have no way to defend yourself at all?

The Big Dog's back

Ahhhhh hit back. zim was 28, Trayvon 17.

AnAmerican

From the get-go we have all been fed misleading info and lies on this case all from the media and from our own dept of justice and president. The more you all cry racism on this case the more foolish and uninformed you prove to be.

The Good Doctor

Are you stupid or just pretending to be?

AnAmerican

The media and some elected officials in Florida immediately turned this into a race issue, if Zimmerman had been black it would have never gone this way. The Dept of Justice brought in one their prosecutors and the president commented about Trayvon could be his son. If you can't see this for what it is, you're the crazy one.

Try going with facts, you only look like a fool if you don't.

margaritaville88

AnAmerican..thank you for your input. This B_S should never even been to trial at all !! You now where I am coming from and 'who' demanded it, right?

4shizzle

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The Good Doctor

The fool is the one you see in your mirror

eriemom

This verdict was not a travesty of justice, but it was a tragedy that did not need to happen.

starryeyes83

Good.

goofus

I agree with an American and all subsequent deaths resulting from the verdict should be totally on the shoulders of Obozo and the DOJ and Obozo's administration

AnAmerican

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4shizzle

Goofus-
How is this Obama's fault?

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