George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of Murder in Trayvon Martin Case
Posted on Jul 14, 2013
George Zimmerman walked out of court a free man Saturday night after an all-female jury in Florida found him not guilty on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The verdict is the culmination of a case that captured the nation’s attention and will undoubtedly be imprinted in America’s history. For Zimmerman, it means trying to recapture his life after he was at the center of a national maelstrom over racial profiling, state gun laws and what constitutes self-defense.
The not guilty verdict means the jury of six women found that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” to himself — Florida’s definition of self-defense.
Zimmerman showed no emotion as the verdict was read. After the verdict was read, he smiled slightly and shook hands with one of his lawyers.
After the verdict, Martin’s family reacted to the news through a series of tweets: