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Jury finds Zimmerman not guilty

By Jeanette Anderton

This article was published July 13, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.

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.


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Whippersnapper says... July 13, 2013 at 9:23 p.m.

Oh, what a tragedy for populist, inquire, cliff, and the rest. Justice prevailed, and they were proven wrong yet again. Of course, I am waiting for your assertions of racism on the part of the jury, in 3...2...1...

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NoUserName says... July 13, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

I also believe justice prevailed. However, this is a case that I think should never have gone to trial based on the pro-GZ set of facts. That it looked pressured to trial is damn scary to me. And the prosecution presser is pretty pathetic.

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DoWhat says... July 13, 2013 at 9:40 p.m.

Looting begins in 3....2....1....

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clyman says... July 13, 2013 at 9:44 p.m.

I feel much better about our justice system!

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shellybane says... July 13, 2013 at 10 p.m.

Justice is served.

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rememberthealamo says... July 13, 2013 at 10:05 p.m.

Great verdict. Bad day to be a thug. Keep your powder dry . . . Just in case.

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GrimReaper says... July 13, 2013 at 10:33 p.m.

Another tragedy in this case was the action by the Eric Holder Department of Justice to encourage and help organize the demonstrations which occurred after the shooting with the intent of intimidating local officials into prosecuting Zimmerman even though they felt there was no basis for doing so. Such is the corrupt nature of the current administration in Washington. It will be interesting to see if they now compound their egregious behavior
by pursuing Federal prosecution of him under some specious "civil rights" charge.

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cliffcarson says... July 13, 2013 at 10:40 p.m.


I do agree there is a world of difference between "Not Guilty" and "Innocent" but I said I would accept the Jury's verdict and I do.
I stuck around and watched the interviews with the Prosecution team and the Defense Lawyers West and O'Mara.
The Prosecution team was pleasant and thanked the Defense for their Professionalism, but you should have heard West trash the Prosecution. He said the trial of Zimmermann was disgraceful, when asked if Zimmermann were black would the verdict be the same. West's answer was that if Zimmermann was Black, he would have never been arrested.
Now there is a racist.

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NoUserName says... July 13, 2013 at 10:49 p.m.

No, Cliff, it's true. The facts simply didn't support the charge - or any charge really. It was disgraceful. I'm glad somebody has the balls to say it. The prosecution had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that GZ started the physical altercation to deny a claim of self defense (yes, PHYSICAL - getting out of the car and/or following need not apply). The prosecution was never going to be able to prove that because the facts didn't exist. TM COULD have started the fight. Therefore, there was ALWAYS reasonable doubt and no jury should have ever voted to convict. That being said, this case should therefore never have gone to trial. So...why did it? To appease the racial unrest that came from not charging him. That makes it disgraceful. And I'm sorry if you and your kin simply don't understand the law enough to realize that.

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Fdworfe says... July 13, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.

This George Zimmerman charge and trial was an incredible fiasco from the beginning that was created by a civil rights lawyer and fed by an emotional kneejerk national and international press that should have known better. Even more stunning, it went all the way to the President of the United States—normally a pretty levelheaded guy and a lawyer—who immediately jumped on the bandwagon and at least insinuated that George Zimmerman was guilty of an unpardonable crime. For most of the USA and much of the world, objectivity was thrown to the wind and facts were ignored or rejected and blind emotions ruled. And that, ladies and gentlemen, pretty well defines a lynch mob. But thank goodness, six very brave women on that jury had the courage to make the right decision! Maybe we’ve all learned something—especially the pundits and broadcast press that should hang their heads in shame and never indulge in such stupidity again!

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