In a case that brought the President of the United States to interject himself and race into the matter, six women jurors deliberated just over 16 hours and returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
Initially deemed self-defense, Zimmerman was arrested and charged 44 days after the shooting, after the Martin family attorney ginned up a media frenzy with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, claiming that martin had been profiled by the neighborhood watch citizen. That was topped off with President Obama stating that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin!
Throughout the trial, the witnesses for the State actually worked to the benefit of the defense, and as the case neared its end, the State knew they had overcharged with 2nd degree murder, and sought to include the lesser charge of manslaughter. In a final desperate grasp, the State tried to add the charge of 3rd degree felony murder child abuse, figuring that would be the charge that the women jurors would be swayed by. In the end, the Judge Nelson, whose ruling clearly favored the State, would allow the manslaughter consideration, but not the child abuse charge.
In the end, the jury came back with what the initial investigators, police, and the first prosecutor had determined… George Zimmerman acted in self defense when a confrontation between Martin and himself became forceful.