George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin’s death

By Greg Botelho, CNN

updated 10:18 PM EDT, Sat July 13, 2013

(CNN) — George Zimmerman is not guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida jury decided late Saturday.

The fact that Zimmerman fired the bullet that killed Martin was never in question, but the verdict means the six-person jury had reasonable doubt that the shooting amounted to a criminal act.

The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race and gun rights.

The six-person jury — all women — had three choices: to find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder; to find him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter; or to find him not guilty.

The jurors deliberated for 16½ hours total, including 13 on Saturday alone, before delivering their verdict.

When he learned his fate, a subdued Zimmerman had little visible reaction. His face was mostly expressionless. He turned and shook one of his attorney’s hand before sitting back down. His parents, Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, were seated nearby, but Martin’s parents were not in the courtroom.

Earlier in the day, the jury had asked the court for clarification on its instructions regarding manslaughter. The jury couldn’t have even posed such a query a few days ago: Judge Debra Nelson ruled Thursday, over the defense’s vehement objection, to include manslaughter as an option for jurors, in addition to a second-degree murder charge.

To convict Zimmerman of manslaughter, the jurors would have had to believe that he “intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death of Trayvon Martin.” That charge could have carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, though the jury was not told of that possible sentence.

For second-degree murder, the jurors would have had to believe that Martin’s unlawful killing was “done from ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent” and would be “of such a nature that the act itself indicates an indifference to human life.”

Ultimately, they believed neither. And that means Zimmerman can walk free.

How long other juries deliberated for in other high-profile cases

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DCG
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Good. Unfortunately I predict rioting, a Saturday night w/young ones out and about trying to cause problems.

Anonymous
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P.S. Kids, don’t forget to yell “Justice 4 Trayvon!” while looting those cool new sneakers from Footlocker… MSNBC and Chris Mathews will just eat that up.

Dressage Rider
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Dressage Rider

Hilarious!

Steve
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DCG, Thankfully we seem so far to be proven wrong….so far.
There may be hope yet.

lindarm
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Good! Hope he and his family and the jurors will all be safe

Nathan M. Bickel
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Zimmerman had better have some plastic surgery, grow a beard and mustache and acquire an ID alias. He will never be safe unless he can hide his person and whereabouts. Sadly, he will be the target of hate mongers and bigots who are blinded by the racial discrimination of political correctness:

“Zimmerman, Obama and Martin: The racial discrimination of political correctness:’
https://moralmatters.org/2013/07/01/zimmerman-obama-and-martin-the-racial-discrimination-of-political-correctness/

Dave
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Dave

Let’s just pray that cooler heads prevail tonight.

My very bestest NB bud Blonde Gator lives in that county.

-Dave

Mike
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Mike

They can blackmail our judges and turn them into Leftist legislators. They can take over our media and spew it full of racist and Leftist hate. They can demoralize our military and attempt to rid it of patriots and Christians. They can infiltrate our government with stolen elections and voter fraud. They can declare war on Christianity and remove it from our schools and society. They can teach our kids revisionist history and perverted sexual agendas. They can use the IRS to harass and intimidate any and all opposition. They can organize and agitate and propagandize to turn black against… Read more »

Snuffy Smiff
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Snuffy Smiff

CREEPY-ASS CRAKA…. 1

POST-RACIAL pRESIDENT… 0

hujonwi
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hujonwi

Cool but I saw a story, somewhere, that the fed’s might try it now… If I run across it I’ll let ya know.

Dr. Eowyn
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japoa
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I think in this so-called ” enlightened age ” that we live in the N.A.A.C.P.should change their name to a more ” enlightened ” acronym . How about N.A.A.A.A., National Association for Advancement of African- Americans . After all this is the 21st century ! You know damn well Barry and the boys aren’t going to let this go ! I can see it now , they’ll bring him up on Fed charges , ask for a change of venue ( S. Side of Chicago no doubt ) , and the people of Operation Push will be the jury .… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Gov’t hassles from the IRS, DHS, FDA, you name it… in progress, as we speak– just watch. New Black Panthers as “contractors” to monitor Zimmerman’s activities? Audits and disruptive OSHA inspections of anyone that would attempt to hire him? INS deporting his relatives or “detaining” them to prove their citizenship? Gee, I can’t wait to hear what they’ll be…

Steve
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japoa, they have changed their name. I did a post on it today.
https://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/wow-this-just-in-amazing/
They are now known as
NAAAACABPBNWHNGZ
See Post

Dressage Rider
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Dressage Rider

I’m glad Zimmerman has been vindicated, but will he be free to live his life?

japoa
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His life will NEVER be the same . Between the bounty on his head from the New Black Panther Party and the so-called justice dept. he might give some thought to joining Snowden in Russia . Might be the safest place on earth for him and that’s a damn shame . Glad he was found not guilty / INNOCENT !

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Leftists never forgive a grudge nor a scapegoat for getting away.

Nicolas von Schatz
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russia is the world dumpster. Only the scum of all kinds or complete idiots wonder to go there, and Snowden has nothing to respect.

badixon
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He may not have been found guilty but he will always know that he caused the death of another human being.. That is the sad truth. I hope that he has asked for forgiveness fr our Lord and Savior.. With that – he may find peace in his heart.

jarnkm
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jarnkm

As we see the outrage from the Black Community and the Pressure from Obama’s White House, I would like to pass a recent email that I received from a close friend: How sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a true story this is. You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two “African American” teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick. GA. determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty…too… Read more »

hujonwi
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hujonwi

Had to snag that to post and email…

jarnkm
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jarnkm

The last paragraph was my comment and not a part of the original email ….