SANFORD, Fla. (AP/WGGB) — George Zimmerman is found not guilty by the jury Saturday night. They started deliberations Friday in the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.
Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury was also allowed to consider manslaughter. Under Florida’s laws involving gun crimes, a conviction on either could mean life in prison.
The jurors had been sequestered during the past three weeks. Because there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, jurors had to rely heavily on testimony from police, neighbors, friends and family members. The testimony was often conflicting.
Jurors had to determine whether Zimmerman took the law into his own hands or was in a fight for his life and shot Martin in self-defense.
While the jury did adjourn Friday shortly after 5:00 p.m. , they resumed deliberations on Saturday.
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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor in George Zimmerman’s murder trial has ended his rebuttal, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer told a series of lies in his statements about shooting Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutor John Guy argued that Zimmerman repeatedly lied about the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin.
His rebuttal came after defense attorney Mark O’Mara said prosecutors had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman committed second-degree murder.
Jurors are taking a lunch break, and when they return Judge Debra Nelson will read them jury instructions.
The six jurors will then begin deliberations.