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Jury in Zimmerman trial reaches not-guilty verdict

Jury in Zimmerman trial reaches not-guilty verdict

By Taylor Higgins . CREATED Jul 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 14, 2013

SANFORD, Fla., (KGUN9-TV) - After just two days of deliberations, jurors have reached a not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman case.  

The jury deliberated for 16 hours before reaching a verdict Saturday night.  

The six-member, all-woman jury began deliberating at 2:30 p.m. Friday after spending part of the day listening to the defense closing arguments and a rebuttal from the prosecution.

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death, but jurors could also choose manslaughter. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.

The case drew massive protests after a 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest. Demonstrators demanded Zimmerman's arrest.

The police chief in Sanford, where Martin was shot and where the trial is being held, urged peace after the verdict is read.

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