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Originally posted 07/13/2013 10:00PM
After 16 hours of deliberation over two days, the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial has reached a verdict. He was found not guilty.
Zimmerman, who remained expressionless as the verdict was read, silently shook his lawyers' hands. He was released by the court shortly afterward.
Zimmerman's wife and parents cried in the courtroom. Soon after, Zimmerman was seen smiling.
Outside the courtroom the reaction was more emotional. Some were angry, others expressed disbelief.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 09:35AM
A judge on Thursday will rule on whether to allow the jury in the Trayvon Martin case to consider additional charges against defendant George Zimmerman – which would allow him to be convicted of lesser crimes if he is acquitted of murder.
Prosecutors are asking the judge to let the jury consider manslaughter and aggravated assault when they begin deliberations on Friday, USA Today reports.
Some see the request, which Zimmerman's lawyers oppose, as an indicator that prosecutors are not confident about the prospects of a second-degree murder conviction.
Originally posted 07/08/2013 08:45AM
After two weeks of prosecution testimony in the case against George Zimmerman, the defense is now going to present its case.
At issue, whether Zimmerman, 29, was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
In the small courtroom in Florida's Seminole County, the six jurors – all female – listened to 10 days of prosecution testimony from police, witnesses and family members of the slain teenager. Paying constant close attention, the jurors have taken copious notes during the most riveting testimony.
Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have sat through all the testimony, only leaving their front-row seats when their son's autopsy photos are shown.
Originally posted 07/05/2013 12:30PM
The mother and brother of Trayvon Martin testified in Florida's Seminole circuit court Friday that screams for help captured in the background of audio of a neighbor's 911 call came from the late 17-year-old.
Sybrina Fulton and Jahvaris Fulton took the witness stand during the trial of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in Martin's shooting death. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he shot the teen in self-defense during a fight.
After the audio was played, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Sybrina Fulton, "Who do you recognize that to be?" She replied, "Trayvon Benjamin Martin."
Originally posted 06/28/2013 04:10PM
It has been more than 16 months since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed after running to the store to buy candy and iced tea.
Now, the shooter, George Zimmerman, is on trial for second-degree murder in Seminole County, Fla.
The controversy and media saturation is nothing new to Central Floridians, who were glued to the Casey Anthony trial two years ago, and the first week of testimony has lived up to the hype:
Originally posted 04/20/2012 11:45AM
A week after George Zimmerman was charged with murder in the second degree, a judge set his bond at $150,000 during a hearing Friday morning in Sanford, Fla.
Under the conditions of the bond, he cannot have any contact with the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot in February, reports CNN.
However, at the hearing, Zimmerman made a statement to Martin's parents: "I wanted to say. I am sorry for the loss of your son."
Other conditions of the bond include Zimmerman be monitored by GPS and have to contact authorities every three days. The judge also said he would not be released Friday.
– Alison Schwartz
Originally posted 04/11/2012 03:15PM
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida who fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February, has been charged with murder in the second degree, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced Wednesday.
Zimmerman surrendered to authorities and is currently in custody. On Thursday's Today show, his new attorney, Mark O'Mara, said his client will enter a plea of not guilty.
In Florida, a charge of second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to CNN.
Lawyers for Zimmerman, 28, stepped down from the case Tuesday, saying Zimmerman had been uncommunicative and expressing concern for his emotional and physical well-being.
Originally posted 03/29/2012 03:45PM
A police surveillance video taken the night of Trayvon Martin's death shows no sign of injury to George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot the unarmed teen Feb. 26.
Zimmerman, 28, has told police that he was only defending himself when he encountered Trayvon, whom he says jumped him, broke his nose, and then repeatedly hit his head against the sidewalk.
But the surveillance video obtained by ABC News appears to tell a different story.
Originally posted 03/29/2012 01:45PM
Add Oprah Winfrey to the list of high-profile people who want justice for slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Following in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, Winfrey, 58, tells Extra, "It is a tragedy and it is a shame that we're sitting here 33 days later and there hasn't been an arrest, or questioning of what actually happened."
Martin was walking home from a 7-Eleven on Feb. 26 when George Zimmerman, a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch captain, allegedly shot him dead.
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