Trayvon Martin Demo

George Zimmerman acquitted in Trayvon Martin case

Trayvon Martin Demo originally by: The Guardian
published: 14 July 2013

George Zimmerman walked free from a Florida courtroom late on Saturday after a jury acquitted the neighbourhood watch leader of murdering an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in a case that played into the national debates about race, civil rights and the proliferation of guns in US society.

Zimmerman, 29, smiled briefly and shook the hands of his lawyers Mark O’Mara and Don West after the verdict from the jury of six women was read.

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of the 17-year-old shot dead by Zimmerman on the night of 26 February last year, were not in court to hear the decision. Martin said he was “brokenhearted”, and Fulton said it was her “darkest hour”.

The unanimous verdict came after more than 16 hours of deliberations by the panel at the Seminole County criminal justice centre in Sanford. They had sifted through the testimony of 56 witnesses and hours of lawyers’ arguments during the three-week trial. The jury accepted Zimmerman’s contention that he shot Martin in self-defence, believing his life to be in immediate danger.

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