Update, 10:28 p.m.: George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin, the six person jury ruled late Saturday night. The jury also acquitted Zimmerman of manslaughter, a lesser charge they were considering. It seemed that was the direction they were heading earlier in the evening, but the late night surprise sparked an intense reaction online. The New York Times has more details:
The jury, which has been sequestered since June 24, deliberated 16 hours and 20 minutes over two days. When the verdict was read, Mr. Zimmerman, 29, smiled slightly. His wife, Shellie, was in tears, and his whole family hugged.
While the supporters of Martin who gathered outside of the courthouse were devastated by the news of the not guilty verdict, Zimmerman's lawyers were quick to gloat in a press conference. "Obviously we are ecstatic with the result. Obviously George Zimmerman was never guilty," defense attorney Mark O'Mara told reporters. "I think the prosecution of George Zimmerman was disgraceful," said Don West, another member of the Zimmerman defense team. And then there's this:
Oh wow, Mark O'Mara: If "George Zimmerman was black, he never would've been charged with a crime."— Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) July 14, 2013
It's going to be a long night in America.
Original: On Saturday, there were at least two altercations between the groups gathered outside the Florida courthouse who are waiting for the well-informed, careful jury to finish deliberating whether or not George Zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. But first, the jury had a question to ask.