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BREAKING: Jury acquits George Zimmerman of second-degree murder

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Posted at 2:55 PM, Jul 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-15 04:29:25-04

UPDATED JULY 13, 10:25p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman blinked and barely smiled as a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Supporters of Martin's family who had gathered outside the courthouse yelled out "No! No!"

The jury 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.

Zimmerman's wife, Shellie Zimmerman, had tears in her eyes after the six-member, all-woman jury delivered its verdict Saturday night.

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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UPDATED JULY 13, 6:10p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial have a question about the charge of manslaughter.

The jurors sent the judge a note asking for clarification on the charge after deliberating for about eight hours Saturday.

The six female jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon on whether Zimmerman committed a crime when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

Jurors have the option of considering manslaughter.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - As jurors deliberate for a second day in George Zimmerman's murder trial, two camps await a verdict in front of the Seminole County Courthouse.

A few dozen people gathered there Saturday. A handful support the former neighborhood watch leader, but most say they're rallying for the family of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old black teen from Miami last year.

Some people wore hoodies in the sun Saturday, as Martin had when he died. The pro-Zimmerman camp held signs saying things like "We love you George" and "George got hit you must acquit" as the two groups shouted among themselves.

Inside, the jury of six women continues its discussions. Twenty-nine-year-old Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but jurors also can consider manslaughter.