George Zimmerman, the nieghbourhood watch who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was on Saturday found not guilty of second degree murder while he was also acquitted of manslaughter.
The 6-woman jury rejected the prosecution’s claim that the accused had deliberately pursued Zimmerman because he assumed the young black male clad in a hooded top was a criminal and instigated the fight that preceded the shooting.
Zimmerman had however testified that he shot Martin in self defence on February 26, 2012 after the teenager had succeeded in knocking him to the ground and slammed his head against the sidewalk repeatedly.
While finding him not guilty of manslaughter, the all female jury agreed that Zimmerman could have been justified in shooting Martin because he feared death or great bodily harm.
As the verdict was read, Zimmerman who had showed no emotion smiled lightly and shook hands with one of his lawyers.
The case had generated outcry and President Barrack Obama had taken interest calling for a thorough investigation back then.