By Jonathan Welsh, WSJ
The jury in the George Zimmerman murder case found the defendant not guilty on all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The all-female panel began deliberations Friday afternoon. Shortly after receiving the case jury members requested a full inventory of evidence presented during the trial, which led some to speculate the jury was preparing for a long haul.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in a Sanford, Fla., gated community. Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the jury could also convict Zimmerman of the lesser crime of manslaughter.
Much of the trial, which began June 24, has revolved around opposing accounts of the prosecution and defense regarding whether Zimmerman or Martin was the aggressor in the altercation that led to the shooting. Attorneys also argued over whether the escalating confrontation was intense or threatening enough to support Zimmerman’s claim that he shot Martin in self-defense. Read more…