Sanford, FL, United States (NewsBahn) – After deliberating for 16 hours over two days, a jury of six women found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The jury had three options in the case; second degree murder, manslaughter or not guilty. Prosecution also asked for a thrird degree felony charge for child abuse based on Martin being a 17-year-old minor but were rejected by the judge, Debra Nelson.
The case, which drew national interest due to the involvement of a Hispanic man, Zimmerman, and an African-American teenager with the former shooting and killing the youngster after a tussle on a dark, rainy night of February 26, 2012.
There was also a 44-day delay in charging Zimmerman, 29, after the incident, which outraged some observers.
“We did everything we possibly could,” said Florida State Attorney Angela Corey in a press conference after the verdict was read. “You just can’t guess on how things will turn out.”