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Around 10 p.m. EST Saturday, a jury of six women found George Zimmerman, 29 years-old, not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, claimed self-defense during a fight with the unarmed teenager. Zimmerman showed no emotion as the verdict was announced. The Martin family was not present. Moments later, as people left the courtroom, Zimmerman smiled briefly, relieved that the trial ended with his acquittal. Zimmerman shook hands with his attorneys, Mark O’Mara and Don West, and hugged supporters. Judge Debra Nelson also ordered the removal of Zimmerman’s ankle bracelet.
Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, expressed their heartbrokenness, appreciation of supporters’ prayers and faith on Twitter in separate Tweets. Disappointed and angry demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse Saturday night. Thousands also rallied in New York City this weekend. During the trial, state prosecutors described Zimmerman as a frustrated, “wannabe cop” who assumed Martin, a black teenager, was up to no good and took matters into his own hands.
Since his acquittal, George Zimmerman has not been seen in public. Jury members have not come out to explain their verdict.