x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Zimmerman juror details acquittal over Trayvon Martin shooting

Three jurors in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial initially favoured convicting him of that offence or manslaughter.

MIAMI // Three jurors in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial initially favoured convicting him of that offence or manslaughter.

But the six-woman jury ultimately voted to acquit him in the killing of an unarmed black teenager after more closely examining the law, a juror in the case said on Monday.

Mr Zimmerman, a former neighbourhood watch volunteer, was charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, last year, but the jury was allowed to consider manslaughter.

The woman, known only as Juror B37, said that when the jury began deliberations on Friday, they took an initial vote. Three jurors - including B37 - wanted an aquittal, two manslaughter and one voted for second-degree murder. She said the jury then went through all the evidence, listening to tapes several times. "That's why it took us so long," she said.

When they started looking at the law, the juror who wanted second-degree murder changed her vote to manslaughter.

Then they asked for clarification from the judge and went over it again and again. B37 said some jurors wanted to find Mr Zimmerman guilty of something, but there was just no place to go based on the law.

B37 said jurors cried when they gave their final vote to the bailiff.