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George Zimmerman acquitted of murder in Trayvon Martin shooting

July 13, 2013|By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
  • Defense counsel Mark O'Mara, center, uses a life-size cutout representing Trayvon Martin to compare to George Zimmerman, standing at right, during closing arguments.
Defense counsel Mark O'Mara, center, uses a life-size cutout representing… (Joe Burbank / Pool photo )

SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman was acquitted on Saturday of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was slain last year in a confrontation that touched off a national debate about race and guns.

The jury of six women returned the verdict after more than 16 hours of deliberation over two days. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury had the option of finding him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

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