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George Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., has echoed his lawyers' sentiments that race was not a factor in the Trayvon Martin trial.

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Robert, who acted as the family spokesman throughout the trial, said he's received numerous threats in the two days since the George Zimmerman verdict.

"They're on my Twitter feed," he said. "I get hate emails saying 'I wish someone would blow up your family with grenades' [and] 'I will find you on the streets."

"That's just [at me] ... there's no way, really, to direct those threats at George, I guess because he doesn't have right now a social media presence."

"It's a reality that some people don't respect this verdict and think they want to take justice into their own hands," he said of his brother's situation.

As for his thoughts on the racial component of the case, he echoed the defense team's assertion that race "wasn't an element," and blamed the media.

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In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict that resonated across the U.S., Beyonce honored Trayvon Martin at the Mrs. Carter Show in Nashville.

The 31-year-old singer offered a moment of silence for the slain Florida teen, whose death continues to sadden so many around the nation and world.

She also covered Whitney Houston's legendary "I Will Always Love You."

Martin has become a cause celebre among A-listers since his death 17 months ago, as evidenced by the mostly irate celebrity Twitter reactions to the verdict.

Beyonce did not criticize the jury specifically, however.

By choosing to tenderly and simply honor the teen and his family, she left the legal and political issues this case has raised to be debated another day.

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George Zimmerman could still face federal charges in the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, though the DOJ's desire to wade into this case is iffy at best.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating the Martin case, in which a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty Saturday night.

The government is evaluating the evidence (including testimony from his Florida trial) and weighing filing criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

The defendant, who claimed self-defense, was found not guilty of both second-degree murder and manslaughter when tried by Florida, and is a free man.

However, he's not out of the woods just yet.

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The George Zimmerman verdict is in.

And so is a palpable sense around the nation that the man who was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin may himself be in trouble.

Numerous reactions over Twitter and other social networks warn Zimmerman to watch his back.

Will someone's idea of vigilante justice lead to another lost life in this case?

Clearly afraid of just such an outcome, President Barack Obama took the unusual step today of an issuing a statement in reaction to the verdict.

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Minutes after the controversial verdict was announced in the George Zimmerman trial, celebs and common folk alike took to Twitter to sound off.

The case had been a lightning rod for racial and political tension since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, and it showed last night.

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A jury unanimously found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday night in a Seminole County Court.

Twitter exploded with reactions - some more sensible than others - all over the country as people tried to make sense of the complex and tragic case.

Below are some of the most notable celebrity Tweets regarding the verdict ...

Chris Brown: Bullshit!

Rihanna: This is the saddest news ever!!! #whatsjustice #pray4theMartinFamily

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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.

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The George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin trial continues today in Sanford, Fla., where the former's lawyers will get one last chance to make their case.

Zimmerman's legal team has tried for weeks to convince a jury that the ex-neighborhood watch volunteer killed Martin, an unarmed teen, in self defense.

Watch closing arguments in the Zimmerman trial via live stream below:

Mark O'Mara, one of Zimmerman's lawyers, is expected to argue in a closing statement that his client is a conscientious citizen who fought for his life.

Prosecutors gave part of their own closing arguments Thursday and will also likely get to present a final statement Friday after O'Mara wraps up his.

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The jury in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial will be allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter, the judge ruled Thursday.

The ruling was a victory for the prosecution, which sought to include two additional, lesser charges from the original charge of murder in the second degree.

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Prosecutors in the Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin trial hoped to add charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder with child abuse as the underlying felony.

The victim was a minor at the time he was fatally shot; the charges stem from the 2012 death of Martin, 17, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla.

The defense, which claims Zimmerman acted in self defense, argued that allowing the jury to consider the lesser murder charge would be "outrageous."

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After nearly 17 months at the center of the highly charged murder case, George Zimmerman told a Florida judge that he would not testify at his trial.

Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, in 2012. He maintains that he did so in self-defense.

"What is your decision sir," asked Judge Debra Nelson of the defendant, whose legal team has tried to paint Martin as the aggressor in their confrontation.

"After consulting with counsel, not to testify your honor," Zimmerman replied as the defense promptly rested its case after just a few days of testimony.

The judge's question came after a testy exchange in which Zimmerman's attorney Don West repeatedly objected as Nelson asked if he would take the stand.

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The George Zimmerman murder trial continues today in Florida, where the defense may rest its case in the 2012 high-profile killing of Trayvon Martin.

Persuading jurors of who was the aggressor in the fight that left Martin dead has become primary goal of prosecutors and defense attorneys alike.

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So far, it looks like the defense may be narrowly winning that argument, and with the burden of proof on the prosecution, chances of a conviction are murky.

For instance, evidence supports Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon Martin was on top of him during the fight, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday.

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