Following nearly one month of testimonies, a jury of six women in the George Zimmerman trial has found the former neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty of second-degree murder, as well as the lesser offense of manslaughter.
The jury deliberated until late Saturday evening after Zimmerman's defense wrapped up closing statements and the prosecution concluded rebuttal arguments Friday afternoon. Zimmerman, 29, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin during an altercation last year in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman pleaded not guilty, claiming he shot the boy in self-defense.
The case drew intense media spotlight, and a 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest after the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting spurred national protests.
A family attorney said the Martin family was "heartbroken," in a statement following the verdict. Trayvon's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were not in the courtroom as the verdict was read. The attorneys said the family had plans to attend church Sunday.