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Zimmerman fate following acquittal uncertain

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Following his acquittal on all charges in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman will spend no time behind bars.

But that is about the only certain thing that can be said about the former neighborhood watch volunteer's immediate future.

The Department of Justice could file criminal civil rights charges, and Zimmerman may face civil lawsuits. He might make a lot of money by writing a book or from a lawsuit he brought against a major television network last year.

For the moment, however, veteran publicists say Zimmerman really has only one option available: to hide.

The six-member jury's not-guilty verdict late Saturday prompted a wave of anger among civil rights leaders and others. Image handlers say Zimmerman needs to take that anger, and potential death threats, seriously.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors have found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The six-member, all-woman jury deliberated for more than 15 hours over two days before reaching their decision Saturday night.

They had been given the chance to convict Zimmerman of manslaughter but did not do so, despite asking for a clarification of the charge earlier in the evening.

After hearing the verdict, Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go.

Jurors heard two different portraits of Zimmerman and had to decide whether he was a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands or a well-meaning neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense because he feared for his life.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- After deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days, jurors have declared George Zimmerman not guilty.

The jurors notified the judge Saturday night a little before 10 p.m. that they had reached the decision.

The six-member, all-woman jury began deliberating at 2:30 p.m. Friday after spending part of the day listening to the defense closing arguments and a rebuttal from the prosecution.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death, but jurors also had the choice to choose manslaughter. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

The case drew massive protests after a 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest. Demonstrators demanded Zimmerman's arrest.

The police chief in Sanford, where Martin was shot and where the trial is being held, urged peace after the verdict is read.

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