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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SHOCKER!! Well, now I wonder how LONG he will be WALKING anywhere? He will have to WATCH every black person near him. Oh, I wonder if those same LAWYERS will defend him on his SECOND VENTURE...when he thinks someone is FISHY?

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@ Geronimo

There are plenty of places in the US were blacks don't live. Even in the south.

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"OJ" hacked up a white woman and got away with it. There was plenty of evidence against him.

Da vincian
@ Cc

your Zimmerman is an OJ??? LOL!!!

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@ Cc

There sure was. Remember, my theory might be FAR OUT, but how did O.J.'s blood get to the sight of the SLAUGHTER on Sunday, when he wasn't ARRESTED/BOOKED 3 or 4 days AFTER the MURDERS?? Anyone can take a rubber glove and put it on, and try to put that into a LEATHER glove, and it WON'T fit at all...unless it is an XL size in a mans.

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@ Geronimo

Not just far out, it'impossible to soak a crime scene, the killers transport, his house and even his own socks.The glove did not fit as it had been soaked with blood and had shrunk. It would not have mattered to that jury what evidence there was.Gil Garcia was responsible for this trial being held in downtown LA.when it should have been held in Santa Monica.where the murders took place.If O.J. had been tried among a jury of his peers he would have been found guilty. This L.A. jury were not his peers& they would never convict their own black football hero.These were not intelligent people. They did not know why D.N.A. was even relevent and they bought into the goofy antics of the 'Scheme Team'.Not their fault that trial was held in the wrong place but again another gullable bunch.

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no no no no no no, he was defending his entire family.

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i luv black men!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@ 600 lb ww

no no no, thats good... But in this case, the WHOLE STATE of Florida.... B.S.

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Black men hate white men because white men have better looking women (us lol) and white men are better looking men.Im not racist but sorry its true:)

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@ Paige Ann

You are the most ignorant, racist, dumbest, idiotic, selfish, self centered person. No one is better than anyone. That was a very ignorant thing to say. It doesn't matter what race you are it depends on WHO you are

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@ Paige Ann

That's the dumbest crap I have ever heard.

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@ Paige Ann

True. Most of us are more educated too and raise our children better!

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We all knew that this man was going to get off on what he did We as African Americans can always be our last penny when one of our race get killed the killer will get off. I am not racist, but I am African America and I do know that Florida is one of the most racists state, I know cause live in the number two RACISTS state. But all I really want to say is my Prayers goes out to the Martin family, no one wants to have to bury their child and then sit through the most racists and drama trial and look at the killer of their child. This is why I tell my son and grandsons and that is No.1 - you are a male and No.2 - you are BLACK. Not for them to grow up to be racists, but to know what they will have to face with in other people , mainly WHITE americans. But know that there is a GOD and all of us know matter what your race is have to answer for everything that we do, and that being said, one of the Ten Commandments is, Thou Shall Not Kill, so I continue to pray for the Martin Family, but I will always continue to pray for Zimmerman, because if he has a mind and brain he will not ever forget this and by lying when you were told to leave this young man along till the police came. Then you will remember this for the rest of your life just like the Klan has to remember all the AA they have killed in the early days. So smile now , but get on your knees tonight and you need to pray, and if you do this sincere you will one day go to the Martin family and ask for forgiveness. Now I do not care who do not like what I am saying, cause if you don't you are more GUILTY than Zimmerman and pray every night that your children come home and are out of arms way. I Do

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@ belinda

Can't agree with you more. Teaching your children to be racially aware of our society. Giving your children accurate and real facts,rather than letting them find out how our society sees them. As a non black person,myself. I would love to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. But unfortunately,I cant. I have to realistically look out for my personnel safety,and wont take any chances by giving a stranger the benefit if the doubt.

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@ belinda

Belinda, I AGREE with YOU 1000%, and I am not black. I was SHOCKED when I saw it on the screen, *NOT GUILTY* VERDICT.Only in America...but he will have to BEWARE for the rest of his life...His OWN personal HELL.

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This is all I have to say....it's INNOCENT until proven GUILTY. The media had him painted that he was guilty before the trial started. If you weren't there and didn't see what happen then there is NO WAY you can say guilty or not.
The state didn't have enough evidence to present to the jury. Therefore, the jury had "reasonable doubt." Hence, the reason that it was a NOT GUILTY verdict. If he is guilty the only people to blame is the prosecutor for not providing enough evidence.

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@ Mari

True and we live in a country that now wants social justice. This was a travesty from Obama on down. It did not work! That's the thing about women! They read the instructions and these instructions were the letter of the law! So suck it up and try ( the rest of you) to salvage your downtrodden lives!

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Blacks are 12.5% of the us population yet are responsible for 50% of all documented HIV cases.Black men are on the DL and then spread hiv to black females whom have 15 times the hiv incidence rat of the avg white woman.Clean up your own house before you tell others to do so people.

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@ Dr know

All I know about most of them is that they are a train wreck. They are the group that stands in a hole with a shovel in their hands... Digging... Digging and complaining...... And saying - I have got to get out of this HOLE!

Da vincian
@ Dr know

But they are dating more white females & male now that look like you and your sons.

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@ BeckySue

How would you know this unless you have slept with a Black Man, so go get checked out and maybe by God's Grace you might not have HIV, and then you stop sleeping around.

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@ belinda

I agree and the skank infected is bragging about this? This is why most WF has such a bad rep.

Da vincian
@ belinda

wtf?? gawd's grace??? i sleep with black men.. poor thing, u are truly in PAIN! LOL!!!!!! thanks!

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Just as I'm reading this story this young black man comes up to my car,I tell him no thanks and he got annoyed and called a ho! I dont think his parents,like Trayvon's taught him any better...

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In my opinion , it is very sd that a young man has lost his life in such a tragic manner .I think Zinnerman eant to shoot the guy .He was obviously annoyed that the black guy was in the area I think he took the law in his on hands when he decided to follow the young man. If he was in doubt about the young man's motives, all he should have done is to CALL THE POLCE ..It is so sad that blacks are still suffering so much in this world .I do not think that the GREAT ZINNERMAN will feel happy even if he is acquitted .
My condolences to Travon's family .Do not worry my people . Leave things in the hands of God .Have faith and wait .

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@ Gertrude+Boston

If you are going to say what someone called you then learn to spell the word and this has nothing to do with Travon are his family, and another thing if you are a girl, you grils today do not know to represent yourselves and not only Blacks call you out of your name but other races to.

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