George Zimmerman Verdict: NOT GUILTY of Murder, Manslaughter in Trayvon Martin Trial

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Following a weeks-long trial and a case that has captivated the nation for a year and a half, a Sanford, Fla., jury has reached a verdict in the George Zimmerman case:

Not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

George Zimmerman in Court

They reached a verdict after deliberating all day Saturday. Late in the evening, jurors asked for clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter.

At about 6 p.m., lawyers for both sides appeared in court where Judge Debra Nelson conferred with them about their question and then recessed court.

Just before 10 p.m., they reached a verdict and acquitted Zimmerman of all charges in the controversial case - one ultimately filled with reasonable doubt.

A conviction would mean jurors rejected Zimmerman's claim he killed in self defense, and "intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death" of Martin.

Ultimately, they determined he was justified under the letter of the law.

Whether those laws are flawed is a different topic altogether, but after 16 hours of deliberations, jurors felt that the state's case was not strong enough.

Unable to establish what happened in the confrontation that left Martin dead, prosecutors could not prove murder or manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt.

Persuading jurors of who was the aggressor that night was the primary goal of both sides, and the defense seemed to prevail throughout the trial.

The shouts on the 911 calls and whether it was Martin or Zimmerman heard screaming for help was a point of contention, both disputed and inconclusive.

Experts also testified that Zimmerman's bloody head injuries could have been caused by blunt contact with concrete, which seemed to bolster his case.

Prosecutors said in a press conference after the fact that they respect the verdict, but are disappointed just the same, believing he is in fact guilty.

In the end, they said Zimmerman profiled Martin, Zimmerman followed Martin, and Zimmerman exceeded the boundaries of his right to self-defense.

What do you think? Did the jury reach the correct verdict?

 

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Simple fact if he was black security guard and shot a 17 yr white boy he be shot before trial and if he made it pass the police shooting his ass the court would crucify him i believe we need have a black version of the purge so every yr one day we get kill rape hang you and whip you and everything your ancestors did to us their a reason why yall fear us remember that shit before we remind yall

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this is crazy'' no matter what happend in court no one seeing the whole point..a kid hase die and everone is tunner on black white ..wear i come from it all about respct,,and how you carry your self rember..it a kid that die..and it a shame..

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YOU ALBINO INBRED HONKEYS DARE DISRESPECT. WHEN YALL GET FUCKED UP AND HANGED BY BLACKS THEN WILL BE EVEN. TILL THEN FUCK YOU TO INFINITY AND BEYOUND.

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Awwwwww shut the fuck.see blacks. Need to come together so we can shut these mother suckers up 99%. Cuz they talkin hella free plantation shit.black men and women stop dating ur enemies.keep dating our black men and black women.we need to keep growing hello.the aliens are trying to erase us off our own planet.

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I love being black.we are interesting. aliens are Soo curious about us.

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@ jazzy

English please.

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Everyone is brainwashed

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Standing upp for the white man huh.I say fucking all

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Why does this always have to be about race? Just because a black person was involved? Zimmerman is 1/2 Hispanic. If I was being followed by anyone black white or green that was wearing a Hoodie, I would be very worried. If people would dress decently maybe there would be less fear, crime and blame. Hoodie's and baggie pants, etc, emulate GANG. Bill Cosby has it right. He is ashamed of his own race.Learn to read, write and get a job. Other's do it. That is the way to get off the streets. And Al Sharpton always adds fuel to the fire. Trayvon;s parents asked for peace and not protests and riots.....and see where that is going....
The Jury got this right.

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zimmerman was innocent from day 1. that's why he wasn't arrested. this trial was meant to show blacks that they are heard. enough already, black people. you had your day in court, now move on. no one wants to deal with more black people with bad attitudes.

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@ SoReal

Fuck that fat wannabe Cop,, it doesn't matter anymore since REAL Cops are also killing PINKS like you and shooting your dogs as well. Men that look like Zimmerman are also raping and murdering your children all over Florida everyday and have fotos of them in Child Pornography Rings online. OBAMA'S Boys will soon be confiscating YOUR GUNS! You used to be the majority but today the minority, so LINE UP,, BEND OVER and "now move on" with your red ASSHOLEs & tiny lil pink dicks!

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What does the message say when Michael Vick got 2 years for dog fighting and George Zimmerman is aquitted for killing a black teen.

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@ Garry

It says that most Humans are sick, evil Chimps who shouldn't be allow to exist on this planet anymore!