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UPDATE: 7/13/2013

The Zimmerman jury has finally reached a verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial. And the verdict is--Not guilty.

Already, within minutes of the verdict, Twitter has erupted into cries of sympathy and disatisfaction for the outcome:


Previously posted at 7/12/2013



The jury of six women in the Zimmerman trial has now entered deliberations. And after the first day of deliberations, there's still no verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting death.

The racially charged case is now heading to a close. And while it's been in the headlines for over a year, it's doubtful that the case will ever be forgotten.

The case made headlines for two reasons-- first off, it was the classic tale of the white man shooting the black boy and being set free-- a story not too uncommon in the American narrative. 

READ: Mehserle Sentenced to 2 Years Prison in Oscar Grant Case (ILLUME)

READ: Call to Justice Answered? Mehserle Verdict: Guilty (ILLUME)

Secondly, the case dealt with gun rights. The case centered on "Stand Your Ground" laws, which in brief, say that a person has the right to kill in self defense.

As a result, Zimmerman, a white male, was initially set free after shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a young black man, on February 26, 2012,  as Martin was returning home from the store.  

But do stand your ground laws apply, if the shooter got out of his car and followed the victim, inciting a fight? Zimmerman allegedly stopped Martin on the street and called 9-1-1 on him. He claims that he was the one who was attacked-- a story that police initially believed.

 Did Trayvon attach Zimmerman, making him fear for his life? Or was Zimmerman a zealous wannabe cop, who acted out of line?

As the jury deliberates, Americans will sit on the edge of their seats, waiting to hear what George Zimmerman's fate is.

If jurors believe that he killed Martin without fearing for his own life, then he may face second degree murder.

If, however, jurors have any reason to believe that Martin attacked Zimmerman and that Zimmerman acted in self defense, he could face a lesser charge or even be acquitted.

Read the jury instructions for the Zimmerman trial here.

Further Reading:

Zimmerman jury adjourns deliberations for the day (Detroit Free Press)





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