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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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76.

Georgie    

Word on the street is to boycott george zimmerman supporters by boycotting florida's businesses unless they have a support sign for trayvon in the window. hit whitey where it hurts -- his wallet

433 days ago
77.

sandi    

Everyone knows Zimmerman was NOT guilty. The prosecutors are jerks for trying to get publicity.

433 days ago
78.

Scott Levy    

He was not guilty under Florida law. If Trayvon Martin didn't brutally attack him first, then it would be different.

433 days ago
79.

Larry    

Obama will order Eric Holder to prosecute him for civil rights violations at the federal level. They will get him via double-jeopardy.

433 days ago
80.

ERP    

There is no doubt that he killed a young man after he was told by the 911 operator to stay away from him. However, our judicial system is about who plays the game better. In this case the prosecution was weak and unorganized and gave the defense a chance to show reasonable doubt and that is all it took. It is sad that a young life was taken because GZ was a wanna be police officer.

433 days ago
81.

eagle    

I just wonder if all these people spewing hate towards George Zimmerman actually listened to any of the evidence. seems if they had, they would have reached the same verdict as the jury. The LOGICAL and CORRECT verdict. He was not guilty and should never have been charged.

433 days ago
82.

Bobo Frog    

If you want to get even with Zimmerman, all you have to do is start a fight with him while packing heat and let him get the better of you, then blow him away. Just make sure you're in Florida.

433 days ago
83.

Marion    

My guess
GZ is a dead man walking. Somebody is going to bump that SOB off, just you watch and see and mark my words. There's no way this is the end of it. A young man is dead for no reason, he died because he went to the store and walked down a dark block headed to his father house and a lousy fat bastard got away with killing him FOR NO BLOODY FREAKING REASONS WSE!!!

DEATH TO GEORGE ZIMMERMAN!

433 days ago
84.

Sue    

Unbelievable. No justice here. Now every one who
shoots someone in Florida will claim self defence and
get off. Everyone I have spoken to said they wanted and felt Zimmerman should go to jail. What a travesty.

433 days ago
85.

dopernose    

america is clearly not for black people!

433 days ago
86.

dopernose    

RACIAL PROFILE + FOLLOW + KILL = NOT GUILTY!! **** AMERICA!

433 days ago
87.

BB not bb    

If anyone knows who the jurors are, guard them with your life. Guard George and his family from the Black Panthers and whatever psychos might still have an issue. The s*** have not totally destroyed America yet.

433 days ago
88.

ShayS    

What would America be like if race didn't exist...this case was based on RACE!

433 days ago
89.

Beauty    

Either way, he still had no business being out there on a vigilante mission with a firearm to begin with. I don't buy that he was on an errand and just happened to notice the kid walking around aimlessly. People like George go looking for these types of confrontations and nothing good came from it. He had no business using deadly force that night. He should have sat his butt in his car on his phone and let the police do their job.

433 days ago
90.

mad1982    

Go George Go!!! So proud to see justice served!!

433 days ago
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