Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty

FILE - In this July 8, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman sits in the courtroom during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla. Police and city leaders in Sanford and South Florida are preparing for the possibility of mass demonstrations and civil unrest if Zimmerman is acquitted in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, particularly in African-American neighborhoods where passions about the case run strongest. (AP Photo /Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

FILE - In this July 8, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman sits in the courtroom during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla. Police and city leaders in Sanford and South Florida are preparing for the possibility of mass demonstrations and civil unrest if Zimmerman is acquitted in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, particularly in African-American neighborhoods where passions about the case run strongest. (AP Photo /Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) A Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The neighborhood watch volunteer had been charged with second-degree murder.

Jurors were also given the option of considering the lesser charge of manslaughter, but in the end they agreed with Zimmerman, who contended that he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.


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