A neighborhood watch volunteer has been found not guilty of all charges in the fatal shooting of a Florida teenager last year.
The jury in the George Zimmerman trial returned the verdict around 8:50 p.m. after deliberating more than 16 hours over two days.
Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin Feb. 26, 2012, after following Martin through a gated townhouse community.
During the trial, witnesses gave conflicting accounts of what occurred during the struggle between Zimmerman and Martin.
Prosecutor John Guy said Zimmerman violated the cornerstone of volunteer neighborhood-watch programs, which is to observe and report, not follow a suspect.
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara argued that Zimmerman showed no ill will, hatred or spite during his confrontation with Martin.
Read tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.