A six-person Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder on Sunday night, and the verdict ignited vigorous debate across the country.
After deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days and requesting clarification on the lesser charge of manslaughter, the jury of six women determined that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
In order to convict on Zimmerman on murder charges, jurors would have needed to find that he had a "depraved mind without regard for human life," but did not. The lesser manslaughter charge allows for the self-defense exemption accepted by the jury.
The verdict reflects the jurors' determination that Zimmerman reasonably believed such force was "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm," which is Florida's definition of self-defense.
After the verdict was read, Zimmerman smiled slightly and shook hands with one of his lawyers. In a press conference, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said his client will now need to get on with his life; however, with civil criminal charges possible, a courtroom may still be in his future.
FOX 9 News spoke with Joe Tamburino, a criminal defense attorney, to get his professional interpretation of the trial, verdict and whether or not a civil case is possible.
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