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

shucks

.

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?

shucks

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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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shucks

Goofus-
How is this Obama's fault?

Pugsley

If he wouldn't have gotten involved it never would have went to trial. That's why it's his fault. The original prosecutor didn't file charges because there wasn't enough evidence. Now look how it turned out, not enough evidence to convict.

shucks

Is there another way to settle it rather than going to court?

Pugsley

Didn't say there was but there obviously wasn't enough evidence for a criminal trial. Civil maybe, I can see a wrongful death suit filed in the near future.

shucks

Criminal trial or civil trial -- court is court. Right?

So again, how is this Obama's fault?

Richard Bebb

It will be Obama's fault for elevating a local case from a town of 50k people to the level of the presidency and making it a national issue. If he wants to interject himself somewhere why not start in his hometown of Chicago where black teenagers are shot and killed on a daily basis.

Contango

Re: "interject himself,"

Pres. Nixon said that Charles Manson was guilty and damn near caused a mistrial in the Tate-LaBianca Murder trial.

Wonder if TM's parents will file civil charges?

deertracker

The President DID NOT "interject" himself into this. He was asked a question during a press conference!

Contango

Re: "He was asked a question during a press conference!"

There's a diplomatic and presidential way to address local issues and then there's the gin-up the racial hatred Chicago street punk way - He chose the latter with his asinine comment.

sash

Your timeline is completely wrong. This case come to the President's attention BECAUSE it was a national story, not the other way around.

Contango

Re: "This case come to the President's attention BECAUSE it was a national story, not the other way around."

And he helped escalate the hatred and protests with his remarks.

IMO, he should have said little, or kept his BIG mouth shut.

shucks

Richard Bebb--

It will be Obama's fault for elevating a local case from a town of 50k people to the level of the presidency and making it a national issue.
...................Nonsense, even if true. You just hate Obama.

lifetimeresident

Dont really know much about this case. My aluminun foil fell off the rabbit ears on my TV. It was either cable or AOL Dial up. A Latino got into a fight with a African American, and its a white black thing?

Contango

Re: "a white black thing?"

Zimmerman's mother was Peruvian - might have some Native American in the mix.

deertracker

It's about equal justice pooh!

Contango

Re: "It's about equal justice"

Right! Regardless of the race, creed, color, or sex of the accused.

WAY PAST time to give it up and move on DERPY II.

concernedtruth

The problem was that Trayvon martin was portrayed as this young innocent "boyish" of a little boy and that is far from the truth, they lied about the innocence of this young man and although his death was a tragedy he was not an innocent young man and had some issues of his own. Zimmerman should not of followed him and continued the confrontation, however he was defending his own life when he felt his life threatened and shot Trayvon Martin.

whazup

Check this out. It gives background info on both.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b...

Tru Grit

Like I posted on Facebook, I was more intrigued to see if the Indians won then if Juan Gonzales was found guilty. Cry racism all you want Juan is not how the native Americans once said "the white man". Soo let's move on to the next retarded court case.

OVER_LOAD

Just another excuse to raise gas prices.

stayfit

This is awesome news!!! An innocent man goes free and the courts did not give in to the pressures of racial tension. This is an important case for the U.S. for years to come.

stayfit

Mark O'Mara, "Had Zimmerman been black, he would have never been charged with a crime."

This was brought to trial by a community claiming injustice to martyr Travyon Martin to benefit a delusional Civil Rights plan.

Glad we didn't take this from tragedy (death of Trayvon) to travesty (life taken from an innocent man: Zimmerman).

Doug7880

Free shopping day. Let all break out windows and take what you want. We just have to claim injustice.

stayfit

Wouldn't be surprised... History could repeat itself (e.g. L.A. riots).

happyfeet64

I lived in LA before,during and after the riots-big,big difference between the dynamics of this case and what was and is continuing to happen out there.Again, the media portrayal of this case and what supposedly people were rioting about in LA weren't the true reasons. Rodney King was just an excuse-same as Zimmerman/Martin could be turned into excuses by the media.

jfoxlive

If he would have been black, It wouldn't have went this way. He would have been convicted long time ago of all charges.

middleclassworker

I understand a number of people in this country will be upset by the out come of this trial. BUT, SIX WOMAN found him innocent!! It was the press all around the country who was selling guilty...for this they should be ashamed....just to sell a paper or advertising for their news show. The fact I see interesting is that when Martin was 'scared of someone following him" he called his girlfriend to show off with racial slang and descriptive words.....not the police to help him. He choose to show this (racial descriptive term) white person following him a lesson......ask yourself why he didn't want the police involved? He didn't call them....bad people never want to involve the police! Martin did not call the police! He choose to teach Zimmermann a lesson and started a beating so bad that then and only then he choose to defend himself. It is a sad story, I don't like any part of it. And now many others will riot in his name because the media couldn't control the new's story....now they have to just report it.

The Big Dog's back

6 women? Could be 6 women like sam a.

middleclassworker

OK.....6 people......6 person's.......It is a known fact that most females (especially if they are mother's) would be more sympathetic to the prosecution than the defense in trial involving the death of a teenager.

JudgeMeNot

Zimmer is free to go.

arnmcrmn

Thug in a place he shouldn't of been who started a fight that ended in his death. Forensics even pointed clearly that way. Case over. Justice prevailed. Next.

starryeyes83

Agree!

{ mark it on calendar LOL. }

deertracker

His father lived in the community so why exactly was he not "suppose" to be there? What exactly made him a thug? Do tell!

deertracker

Your glee at the fact a young boy is DEAD is shameful.

Edwin Ison

If Zimmerman is white.

So then is Obama.

whazup

Exactly!

deertracker

Exactly! Exactly!!

looking around

All over the country citizens have been arming themselves, a frenzy of gun purchases and permits to carry concealed fueled by gun advocates claim of coming attacks on the second amendment and new gun legislation. The best thing that has come out of all of this is that it gives those who choose to carry a lesson in what consequences arise from the use of deadly force. I have spoken to hundreds of CCW permit holders who obviously have no idea of the statutes governing the use of deadly force and what constitutes a legal use of it. All pretty scary, they should understand that they can expect to go through exactly what Zimmerman has. Guilty or Not, this is something that will financially and mentally will drain you. If you choose to use deadly force in defending yourself regardless of the presumption of necessity, you will most likely be on trial for murder.

sandtown born a...

Very accurate statement! I have been thru the ccw training myself and one thing you are taught is, one the Nike defense is always your best course of action which is run away if possible if not shoot to stop the threat, and one thing that really stuck with me was right or wrong if you kill someone defending yourself you will always be known as a killer by everyone who knows you because of what you have done justifiable or not. If you can live with that CARRY ON!!!!! I personally would rather be alive and on trial rather than in a box planted in the ground. I let my Judge do the talking 45/410!!!

The Big Dog's back

So you will be good with Blacks doing the same thing?

Huron_1969

Big dog, Always promoting racism.... oh well, at least you are a consistent hypocrite

Darwin's choice

That would be "azzhat" !

beepx22

i know it's hard to understand piddle puppy, but yeah if a black person is legally carrying, and defends himself, then yes, most of us wouldn't make an issue of it. He or she'd have as much right to self defense as any white person.

sandtown born a...

if someone is attacking them and they feared for their life most definatelty

UgtaBkdnMe

All people have the right to defend themselves. Why would you think Blacks wouldn't be allowed to carry a legal weapon in a legal manner (ie CCW permit)?

grumpy

Roughly 1/3 of most concealed carry class is safety and 2/3 of a CCW class usually covers when you can legally use a concealed firearm, and what to do when the cops come. You are correct that most instructors tell you that if you can get the heck out, to do so, but it is not a law that you have to follow their instructions. Just as you don't have to follow the instructions of a civilian dispatched working at a call center, nor are the laws about not getting out of your truck. Nor do you have to call the cops when you think someone is following you, nor go straight to home when you think you are being followed, nor do you have to eat carrots. There are many things that laws do not cover.

deertracker

So tell us what you were "trained" to do by your parents if you ever found yourself in Martin's shoes!

sash

Probably the same things I've taught my children. Evade, escape,phone,seek help. NEVER approach, NEVER confront. This was a tragedy from beginning to end, but they both share fault. Zimmerman followed him. So what! Zimmerman could have followed him all the way to Key West and Trayvon would have been alive in the end of the journey. 4 minutes. Trayvon had 4 minutes to get home, about 60 yards away. 4 minutes to circle the block, go home, go back to the store, call his father, call his mother, stand on a corner and scream. This isn't just about Trayvon, but about so many young men today and how they react/act when angry or insulted. Confront. Confront verbally, confront physically. How many fights or deaths do you see on the news or read about that started because someone said the "wrong" thing, looked at them "wrong", took a parking space, disrespected them? When will we quit teaching our boys that confrontation and refusing to back down is the manly thing to do, the brave thing to do? Since when did restraint become weakness? When did using your head rather than your emotions to make decisions become unmanly? Until we teach our young men that walking away shows more strength than confrontation, they will continue to die.

grumpy

You described all good ways to deal with strangers following you. The second stupidest thing to do is confront the person cause he COULD be a creepy a$$ed cracker and the stupidest thing to do is attack the person following you. Smartest thing to do when you are a 17 year old 6' 1" 158lb athlete is to run from a short squat overweight person. the short fat guy won't keep up for long, if at all.

UgtaBkdnMe

You are spot on.

deertracker

Absolutely true looking! Regardless of what anyone says, it is still not a good feeling to kill someone, even in self defense cases.

UgtaBkdnMe

I don't think anyone has suggested that GZ feels good about the results of that night.

deertracker

Some of you people are so clueless.

JudgeMeNot

Zimmer is free to go.

UgtaBkdnMe

Yes Deertracker, you are clueless !

Contango

It's so JOYOUS to read the crazed, hate-filled ranting of the bigoted Zimmerman race-baiters as they mentally implode. :)

Justice is depicted as wearing a blindfold for a reason.

Wonder if the DOJ will 'trump up' federal charges against Zimmerman? Can't believe that the race-baiting haters will let it go.

rezzy

Thank god the justice system still works!!!

The Big Dog's back

Worked for OJ too.

rezzy

Would love to have seen your posts following the OJ trials. My guess is that you loved the justice system then. Perhaps you're the racist and you are following the stupid Al Sharpton like a puppy, get it?

The Big Dog's back

Worked for Casey Anthony too.

Contango

Re: "OJ, Casey Anthony, Zimmerman."

You need to watch more TV trials DERPY! :)

JudgeMeNot

Zimmer is free to go.

arnmcrmn

Trial Over. Not guilty.

looking around

Now the fun starts, civil suit.