George Zimmerman Verdict Leaves the Country Stunned (VIDEO)

george zimmerman shakes hands with attorney after being acquittedJurors deliberated for more than 16 hours over two days, and tonight, a verdict was reached in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was found NOT guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Although Zimmerman's mother and father and wife were in the court for the reading of the verdict, Martin's parents were not present.

So far, the reaction from those following the trial and camped out in front of the courthouse has ranged from teary disappointment to somber reflection. On Twitter, the verdict immediately sparked reactions of anger and disgust, some even horrifyingly predicting Zimmerman will become the victim of vigilante justice.

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Some trial watchers have said the verdict is unsurprising, given the prosecution's "weak case" and inability to prove what happened in the moments leading up to the physical confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin. Thus, reasonable doubt lead to this outcome. For the jury to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder, the prosecution would have had to prove that Zimmerman had “a depraved mind without regard for human life” when he shot Martin. Meanwhile, the jury would have gone with the  lesser manslaughter conviction if they believed Zimmerman had no lawful reason to kill Martin.

Ultimately, though, the verdict means the jury of six women found that Zimmerman justifably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm" to himself, which is Florida's definition of self-defense.

No matter how one feels about the verdict, it seems like just about everyone can agree that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death is an indisputable tragedy. In turn, both sides should agree that this is a time for somber reflection as opposed to any sort of extreme reaction one way or the other. 

Watch here for the reading of the verdict ...

 

What's your reaction to the verdict?

 

Image via USA Today

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nonmember avatar jasdf

Apparently you can kill children in Florida and get away with it.

nonmember avatar ZMommy

I believe that justice was served. It is unfortunate that Trayvon Martin died but from the evidence that was presented it is my opinion that in the end George Zimmerman was defending himself. I hope that he also wins his lawsuit against NBC. I fully believe that the outright lies in their reporting was one of the reasons that tensions grew so high over this case. I do fear for Mr. Zimmerman's safety.

nonmember avatar Samone

The Jury and Zimmerman should kill themselves. This is not justice.

Kristi Ziska

24 year old Britnea Myers, Baldwin Co AL- was recently sentenced to 20 years in a self defense case that was almost a mirror image to this case! She needs national exposure also!

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

The verdict doesn't mean that the jury found him using deadly force as being justifiable. It means that the prosecution did not prove its case to the jury. Martins death was a tragedy, and even if zimmerman was guilty, I don't think there was ever enough evidence to bring him to trial.

nonmember avatar sarah

not a shock..the defense made a joke out of the state..the state was left to begging in closing arguements

summe... summerblythe

Stunned? Not at all. Casey anthony can get away with murder. Anyone can

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Florida needs to reexamine its justice system because its not working

Alexa... AlexaAdams

I will never be stunned from a case again after the Casey Anthony trial.

IKnow... IKnow0101

I feeling something that I can't name.  I'm not shocked because I knew he wouldn't be found guilty but as a mom I just can't imagine the pain his family is going through.

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