George Zimmerman: Not Guilty on All Charges
A Florida jury has acquitted George Zimmerman on all charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The jury, which had been sequestered since June 24, deliberated for more than 16 hours over two days before coming to the decision.
From NBC News:
The verdict was returned by a jury of six women who worked into the night on their second day of deliberations. They also had the option of convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder or of the lesser crime of manslaughter.
Zimmerman was expressionless as the verdict was read, then turned to shake the hand of one of his lawyers. In the courtroom, his family held hands across a row and cried.
“I think the prosecution of George Zimmerman was disgraceful,” defense attorney Don West said. “As happy as I am for George Zimmerman, I’m thrilled that this jury kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty. For that, we are eternally grateful.”