Saturday, July 13, 2013
The jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial has found Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman, who faced the possibility of life in prison, showed no reaction to the jury's verdict.
The six women in the jury delivered their verdict at 10 p.m. after more than 16 hours of deliberations over two days.
Zimmerman's parents were present in the courtroom, and his family members hugged. Some were in tears.
Martin's parents were not in the courtroom, and the Martin family lawyer Ben Crump quickly left.
Zimmerman, 29, was accused of second degree murder for shooting Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla.
Prosecutors accused Zimmerman of profiling Martin as a criminal and following him with a loaded gun, triggering the fatal confrontation.
Zimmerman maintained that he shot Martin in self-defense after he was knocked to the ground and Martin was banging his head against the pavement.