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Originally published: 2013-07-13 22:16:20
Last modified: 2013-07-14 11:39:58

George Zimmerman found not guilty

by Staff Reports

Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial returned a verdict of not guilty of all charges, including second-degree murder, at about 10 p.m. July 13. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, put forth a defense that he acted in self defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The six-member, all-woman jury deliberated for about 16 hours during two days before reaching a decision Saturday.

Jurors had been given the chance to convict Zimmerman of manslaughter but did not do so, despite asking for a clarification of the charge earlier in the evening.

Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go after the verdict.