George Zimmerman is not guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida jury decided late Saturday.
The fact that Zimmerman fired the bullet that killed Martin was never in question, but the verdict means the six-person jury had reasonable doubt that the shooting amounted to a criminal act.
The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race and gun rights.
The six-person jury — all women — had three choices: to find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder; to find him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter; or to find him not guilty.
The jurors deliberated for 16½ hours total, including 13 on Saturday alone, before delivering their verdict.
While the death of Martin is very sad, I thought this was more self-defence. Some of the initial reporting of this case regarding Zimmerman was highly prejudical and flat out wrong.
Also it appears the prosecutors with-held significant evidence from the defence, and may face sanctions for this now the trial is over.Tags: George Zimmerman