Saturday, July 13, 2013
Jury: George Zimmerman, Not Guilty
George Zimmerman, the 29-year old man accused of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, has been found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter by a jury of of six women. After hearing the verdict, he smiled.
The five-week trial held in Sanford, Florida (where Trayvon was killed), was covered under a nationally-televised spotlight, with every moment captured on camera. More than 50 witnesses testified, as millions of viewers watched.
The verdict was reached and read at about 10pm on the night of July 13, 2013. The "not guilty" verdict apparently means that the jury believed there was reasonable doubt and that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force. They found that such force was "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm" to himself.
While the verdict was read, Zimmerman showed no emotion, and afterwards, he smiled and shook hands with his lawyers.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the parents of Trayvon, commented: "You have a little black boy who was killed. It's going to be reported in history books and 50 years from now, our children will talk about Trayvon Martin's case like we talk about Emmett Till."
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