Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty
A six-woman jury in Seminole County, Florida found George Zimmerman not guilty late Saturday for the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Closing arguments in the case ended Friday, with the jury pausing during deliberations on Saturday to ask Judge Debra Nelson for clarification on their instructions regarding manslaughter charges against the former neighborhood watch captain.
Attorneys for both Zimmmerman and the victim’s family agreed to pass a note back to the jury saying that while the court could not engage in general discussions about the charge, “if you have a specific question, please submit it.” The jury reportedly did not send a follow-up question, instead working through a dinner break before delivering their verdict.
Update, 11:02 p.m. EST: One of Zimmerman’s attorneys, Mark O’Mara, compared Martin’s death to “kids who die of cancer all the time” during a press conference. Attorney Don West also blamed the media for providing a “tremendous distraction” during the trial.
Update, 10:50 p.m. EST: Attorneys for Zimmerman said at a press conference that they would seek to grant their client immunity from a civil lawsuit.
Update, 10:42 p.m. EST: Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, was not in the courtroom at the time of the verdict but commented on the results on Twitter, saying, “Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us si [sic] we together can make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”
NBC News reported that a group of protesters outside the courthouse left shortly after the verdict, as seen in this footage below.
David Ferguson contributed to this report