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Sat 10pm: Jury declares Zimmerman not guilty

July 13, 2013
The Associated Press , Tribune Chronicle |

SANFORD, Fla. - After deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days, jurors found George Zimmerman's not guilty tonight of any charges in the second-degree murder trial.

The jurors notified the judge a little before 10 p.m. that they had reached a decision.

The six-member, all-woman jury began deliberating at 2:30 p.m. Friday after spending part of the day listening to the defense closing arguments and a rebuttal from the prosecution.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death, but jurors could have chosen to convict him of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Zimmerman claims he shot the 17-year-old black teen from Miami last year.

The case drew massive protests after a 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest. Demonstrators demanded Zimmerman's arrest.

The police chief in Sanford, where Martin was shot and where the trial is being held, urged peace after the verdict is read.

Read more in the Sunday Tribune Chronicle.



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