Photo: George Zimmerman Not Guilty
The six-person jury panel came back with a Not Guilty verdict for George Zimmerman after deliberating more than 16 hours over two days.
Zimmerman was charged with killing Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager that was unarmed in Sanford, Florida.
The all-woman jury panel was seated in June and was sequestered during the trial and deliberation. The jury had three options: second-degree murder, manslaughter or not guilty. The six women jurors were all white except for one woman identified as a woman of color who is either black of Hispanic and originally from Chicago.
Zimmerman was stone-faced and emotion-less when the verdict was read and when the judge informed him he was free to go.
Martin was 17-years-old when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, the local neighborhood watchman, near his father’s home. The February 26, 2012 incident sparked outrage across the country due to the fact Martin was not armed at the time of his death and thought to have been racially-profiled by Zimmerman who maintains he was acting in self-defense. The not guilty verdict in essence means Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force to defend himself as allowed by Florida law. He was later arrested and initially charged with second-degree murder.
Zimmerman is a multi-racial Hispanic-American whose mother is originally from Peru.