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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0 responses to “George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin’s death

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

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

     
  3. 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:’
    http://moralmatters.org/2013/07/01/zimmerman-obama-and-martin-the-racial-discrimination-of-political-correctness/

     
  4. Let’s just pray that cooler heads prevail tonight.

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

    -Dave

     
  5. 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 white, and brother against sister. They can do all of that, but the jury system still belongs to the American People.

     
  6. CREEPY-ASS CRAKA…. 1

    POST-RACIAL pRESIDENT… 0

     
  7. 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.

     
  8. Dressage Rider

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

     
    • 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 !

       
  9. 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.

     
  10. 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 bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.

    My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.

    I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me – so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.

    There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick, GA. to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.

    So while you are seeking justice for Treyvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Treyvon.

    I am awaiting a reply from Brunswick, Ga. on more details. However, I think that this is rather close to the “Zimmerman Case” and should certainly have drawn attention from Washington … especially since it was an obvious Black on White situation!! Not that that would matter to them!! Especially given the government’s strongly “one sided” attitude on things!

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

     

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