SANFORD — A jury has found George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch coordinator who claimed self-defense in the fatal shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, not guilty.
State prosecutors had charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder, though the jury also had the option of convicting him of manslaughter.
The six-member jury, all women, returned the verdict at . Seminole Circuit Judge Debra Nelson sent the jury to deliberate at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.
The verdict came after a five-week trial that caught worldwide attention, casting scrutiny on U.S. race relations and Floridas self-defense law.
This story will be updated as details become available.