LIVE VIDEO: Live Newscast    Watch
 

George Zimmerman found NOT GUILTY in shooting death of Trayvon Martin

11:16 PM, Jul 13, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Photo Gallery: George Zimmerman trial, from gunshot to jury

Video: George Zimmerman Verdict: Not Guilty

Video: George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder, manslaughter

This June 20, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman listens as his defense counsel Mark O'Mara questions potential jurors during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida

 

Related Links
  • Trayvon Martin Timeline
  • Trayvon Martin's death gains national attention
  • Who is George Zimmerman?
  • PHOTOS: Trayvon Martin Social Media pictures
  • George Zimmerman charged with murder
  • George Zimmerman jailhouse calls
  • Sanford police chief fired
  • Evidence in Trayvon Martin death released
  • Officer: Trayvon Martin target a 'no-shoot training aid'
  • PHOTOS: Judge limits texts, pictures in trial
  • Trayvon Martin family calls for justice, fair & impartial trial
  • Brother: George Zimmerman is sensitive, likable
  • George Zimmerman case timeline of events
  • Expert: Zimmerman case not as popular as Casey Anthony's
  • All-women jury chosen
  • Opening Statements: State drops f-bomb, defense tells joke
  • Zimmerman jury sees Trayvon Martin's body
  • Officer recounts attempt to save Trayvon Martin
  • Trayvon Martin's friend describes George Zimmerman as "creepy-a** cracker"
  • Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged
  • State's star witness admits to another lie
  • Lead detective takes stand
  • Jury hears Zimmerman's firsthand account of shooting
  • Zimmerman attorney's daughter posts controversial photo
  • Prosecutor, police officer at odds in Zimmerman trial
  • Prosecution: Zimmerman legal team not treating witnesses with respect
  • Medical examiner: Zimmerman's injuries were 'insignificant'
  • Skype users bombard Zimmerman witness with calls
  • Expert: No Trayvon Martin DNA on gun grip
  • Trayvon Martin's mother, brother testify
  • Both Zimmerman and Martin mothers on the stand
  • Trayvon Martin's dad contradicts investigator's testimony
  • Gunshot wound expert: Martin was on top of Zimmerman
  • Zimmerman declines to testify in trial
  • Zimmerman judge allows manslaughter charge
  • Judge Nelson moments from the Zimmerman trial
  • State: Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal
  • Prosecution makes its final case in Zimmerman trial
  • Verdict: NOT GUILTY
  • Reaction to Zimmerman verdict
  • Defense 'ecstatic' with the results
  • Trayvon's Dad: My heart is broken, my faith is not
  • SANFORD, Florida -- After more than 16 hours of deliberation, a Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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

    WATCH: Jury finds George Zimmerman 'Not Guilty'

    Zimmerman blinked and barely smiled as the jury read its verdict. Supporters of Martin's family who had gathered outside the courthouse yelled out "No! No!"

    The jury had been given the chance to convict Zimmerman of manslaughter but did not do so, despite asking for a clarification of the charge earlier in the evening. 

    Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, had tears in her eyes after the six-member, all-woman jury delivered its verdict Saturday night.

    After hearing the verdict, Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go.

    Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, was initially charged with second-degree murder after he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman said it was self-defense, but Martin's family set out to prove otherwise. 

    Jury selection for the trial began on Monday, June 10lasting almost two weeks before prosecution and defense attorneys selected a panel of six women to hear the case

    Testimony began after powerful opening statements from both the defense and the prosecution on Monday, June 24. It went on for nearly three weeks as several witnesses took the stand. 

    The jury heard testimony from people like Rachel Jeantel, the last person on the phone with Trayvon before the shooting; Chris Serino, the lead detective in the casethe mothers of both, the teen, and the security guard who shot him; and other friends, family members and experts from each side.

    George Zimmerman, himself, declined to testify.

    After final testimony, both sides argued Thursday and Friday before the jury deliberated and came to their ultimate decision on Zimmerman's fate.

    On Thursday, prosecutors portrayed Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer, as a wannabe cop, frustrated and ready to kill. State prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the jury that Trayvon was an innocent teenager who is now dead because Zimmerman wrongly assumed the teen was a criminal and murdered him.

    In response, Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said Trayvon Martin decided he was going to create a confrontation that night, and instead of talking to Zimmerman, Martin walked up after those four minutes and sucker-punched him. O'Mara told the jury Trayvon Martin was not unarmed, that he used his hands and the concrete sidewalk as weapons.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report

    Most Watched Videos