SANFORD, Fla. – A jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter in Trayvon Martin’s Saturday night.
The jury began deliberating Friday after the defense and prosecution had their final say on the case.
The members of the jury had to decide if George Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter or not guilty on both charges.
George Zimmerman is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on his way back to his father’s house.
Zimmerman said he shot the teen in self-defense.
Zimmerman, 29, said he was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in the chest during an altercation in a gated community of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. 2012.
He was not charged for 44 tumultuous days in which the case generated large protests in several cities, turned a hooded sweatshirt like the one Martin wore into a symbol of solidarity and drew the attention of President Obama, who said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
As debate over race, guns and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law swirled, a special prosecutor appointed by the governor announced that Zimmerman was being charged with second-degree murder in April 2012, a move his supporters said was meant to quell the public outcry.
Zimmerman pleaded not guilty throughout the case to the charges against him.