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George Zimmerman not guilty of Trayvon Martin murder

2013-07-14 04:23:10

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman (left) was accused of
murdering Trayvon Martin (right)

George Zimmerman, the Florida neighbourhood watchman who shot dead an unarmed black 17-year-old male last year, has been found not guilty on all charges.

Lawyers for Mr Zimmerman, 29, argued he acted in self-defence and with justifiable use of deadly force.

The jury retired on Friday to consider its verdict on charges of either second-degree murder or manslaughter.

The case sparked a fierce debate about racial profiling in the US.

Police had asked residents of Sanford, Florida - the town where the shooting took place - and the surrounding area to remain peaceful once a verdict was announced.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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