SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Jurors -- after two days of deliberations and a revisited glance at a potential manslaughter charge -- finally delivered a verdict late Saturday in the murder trial of George Zimmerman; Not guilty.
The six-member, all-woman jury deliberated for more than 15 hours over two days before reaching their decision Saturday night.
They had been given the chance to convict Zimmerman of manslaughter, but did not do so, despite asking for a clarification of the charge earlier Saturday evening.
After hearing the verdict, Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go.
Jurors heard two different portraits of Zimmerman during the trial, and had to decide whether he was a wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands -- or a well-meaning neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, because he feared for his life.
In the end, prosecutors apparently did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the shooting was not self-defense, as Zimmerman claimed.
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