Following nearly three weeks of testimony, a jury of six women in the George Zimmerman trial has found the former neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty of second-degree murder. He was also found not guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter, which the jury also weighed. — Erin Donaghue

 

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57593459-504083/george-zimmerman-verdict-former-neighborhood-watch-leader-not-guilty-in-death-of-fla-teen-trayvon-martin/

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The jury deliberated until late Saturday night
after Zimmerman’s defense wrapped up closing statements and the prosecution
concluded rebuttal arguments Friday.  Zimmerman, 29, was charged with
second-degree murder in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin during
an altercation last year in a Sanford, Fla. gated community. Zimmerman pleaded
not guilty, claiming he shot the teen in self-defense.

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Minuses against the prosecution:   An all-female jury inclined to give male defendant Zimmerman the benefit of a doubt, among other psychological dynamics, not to mention the testimonies of defense witness Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a nationally renowned gunshot wound expert who said Trayvon Martin was leaning over George Zimmerman when the teen was shot, and of prosecution witness, John Good, a neighbor, who also said he believed Martin to have been on top in the fatal confrontation.     From the defense point of view, here’s talking head Geraldo http://now.msn.com/geraldo-rivera-talks-about-trayvon-martin-says-jury-would-have-shot-him

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