Zimmerman Trial: Not Guilty (Video)
Published July 14th, 2013
Sanford, Fla. -- The jury of six women has found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder.
In a trial that lasted 14 days and took hours of deliberation, tonight the decision the whole country has been waiting for was announced.
The jury took 16 hours and twenty minutes to reach their verdict with two questions for the court along the way.
When the decision finally came, George Zimmerman, who was on house arrest for more than a year, became a free man in a matter of seconds.
With that verdict Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go and his business with the court was finished.
Protestors continue to gather in front of the Seminole County Courthouse in support of both families.
Trayvon Martin's family was not in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey said in a statement following the verdict that justifiable use of force is one of the hardest laws to challenge in the courts, and that they still contend Zimmerman's injuries were not severe enough to constitute great bodily harm.
When asked about Zimmerman's personal safety going forward, his attorney Mark O'Mara said they are going to take it day by day.
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