SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman is not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin, a Florida jury decided late Saturday.
The fact that Zimmerman fired the bullet that killed Martin was never in question, but the verdict means the six-person jury had reasonable doubt that the shooting amounted to a criminal act.
“We’re ecstatic with the results. George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense.” — Mark O’Mara, one of George Zimmerman’s attorneys, said at a news conference after the verdict.
“Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY” — Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said on Twitter.
“The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice. We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.” — the Rev. Al Sharpton
“Message from Dad: “Our whole family is relieved”. Today… I’m proud to be an American. God Bless America! Thank you for your prayers! — George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert, said in Twitter
“I don’t think this is a time for high-fiving.” — Robert Zimmerman Jr., George’s brother, said during an interview on CNN.