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George ZImmerman

NOT GUILTY

7/14/2013 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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George Zimmerman
 has just been found NOT GUILTY.

A jury of six women returned the verdict moments ago in a Florida courtroom, acquitting Zimmerman of 2nd degree murder, as well as the lesser charge of manslaughter, in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. If he had been convicted, Zimmerman faced up to life in prison.

The not guilty verdict means the jury found Zimmerman acted in self-defense -- in other words, he justifiably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was necessary to prevent either his own death or great bodily harm to himself.

Zimmerman was charged after shooting and killing Martin in a Florida suburb in 2012.

Zimmerman -- a community watchman -- claimed he shot Trayvon in self-defense after Trayvon attacked him. Trayvon was unarmed at the time.

A firestorm of media attention has surrounded the case from the beginning -- with many celebs like Spike Lee, Roseanne Barr and LeBron James claiming the shooting was racially motivated.

The jury has spoken, but we still gotta ask ...

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31.

Tiffany    

Based on the past, if anyone wants to commit murder, move to Florida, you will always be found not guilty. Prayers for the Martin family, this cannot be an easy night for them.

415 days ago
32.

@valter_ego    

White America.

415 days ago
33.

shakedoggy    

live like a thug, die like a thug

415 days ago
34.

IamAshari    

and just to think this whole thing could have been avoided if one person would have just Observed and Reported

415 days ago
35.

Mali    

So pretty much dont be black and live in florida cause yo butt gonna get killed

415 days ago
36.

blakhoode    

I'll say this - Zimmerman is a prick and he should have just kept to himself that night and let Martin walk. But I don't blame the guy for defending himself. His injuries suggested Martin was kicking his butt and wasn't letting up. He stopped his beating the only way he could. He deserved it for being a prick, but still, had it been me getting beat like that, I'd do whatever I had to do to make it stop, too.

415 days ago
37.

jwoolman    

The verdict makes no sense, but that's a failure for the prosecution and not the first time a guilty person has gone free. In a just world, at the very least he would have been convicted of manslaughter. If they let this guy keep his guns, it's just a matter of time before he kills some other unarmed kid "in self defense". Let me guess - he's still allowed to claim he's on Neighborhood Watch?

415 days ago
38.

LunarJunk    

The judicial system is a joke. OJ Simpson was let go, Casey Anthony was let free and now George Zimmerman. Tragic

415 days ago
39.

NobodySpecial    

Now he gets to be a commentator for FOX news. They would love to have this guy on their payroll.

415 days ago
40.

charmed    

yes

415 days ago
41.

Jordan    

George Welcome to Civil Court!!!!!!!!

415 days ago
42.

amazinglybored    

My god, Florida courts...

415 days ago
43.

nisiek    

Talk about kicking the Martin family when they are already down Rest In Peace Trayvon you are free, Zimmerman is a marked man for life

415 days ago
44.

Bobo Frog    

This is one small step for a racist man....this is one giant leap for racist mankind.

415 days ago
45.

JiLL1    

Why are whites being brought into this case. Zimmerman isn't white, he's Hispanic

415 days ago
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