July 13, 2013 

— 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 Florida’s self-defense law.

This story will be updated as details become available.

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