Radio Sandwell News

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

Share this story

Related Stories

News around the web

RT's real-time Twitter drama #1917LIVE wins Adweek’s Arc Award for ‘Best Use of Social’

Black teenager who was seriously injured during police chase 'mistaken for someone else', says mother

World's largest wealth fund pulls out of BAE systems over nuclear weapons links

Syrian detained in Germany over suspected terrorist plot

John Worboys: Parole Board chair attacks 'political interference' as Government considers judicial review

Brexit debate: Tory MP Desmond Swayne appears to fall asleep while Ken Clarke speaks

Fish genes may unlock secret to curing paralysis in humans – study

Isis fanatic planned simultaneous London terror attacks with 'death squad sent by Allah', court hears

Travel warning as Met Office snow status upgraded to amber

Wind and solar power investment crashed after Government cut funding, show new figures

Image Slider