Sunday, 14 July 2013

America erupts as George Zimmerman is found NOT GUILTY of the murder of Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman who shot Trayvon Martin

A man has been found not guilty of murdering a teenager in a case that has gripped and divided America.
George Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Benjamin Martin.
A jury of six women took more than 16 hours and 20 minutes to come to come to their unanimous decision that the death was justifiable.

Killed: Trayvon Benjamin Martin
Zimmerman, who was a neighbourhood watch volunteer, was charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin on February 26, 2012.
The court was told that he had followed the unarmed youngster through a park because he looked like he was 'up to no good.'
Zimmerman, a volunteer neighbourhood watchman, claims he shot Martin in self-defence, and that the teen punched him repeatedly before deciding to use lethal force.

The shooting of Martin, who is African-American, by Zimmerman, who is not, has fuelled new debates about racial profiling, gun-control, and self-defence laws.

Grief: Trayvon's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin were not in court for the verdict

As the judge announced that Zimmerman had no other business with the court just after 10pm on EST on Saturday his mother, who was sat in the court, smiled for the first time during the trial.
Trayvon's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, were not in court to hear the verdict. Their reaction was said to be reserved but they expressed their disappointment.
A tweet CNN claimed came from his father said: 'I know my baby proud of fight we along with all of you put up for him'.

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