Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

(Watch local coverage here.)


After deliberating for a little over 16 hours, the jury in the George Zimmerman trial has reached a verdict in a Seminole County, Florida courtroom.

The verdict will be read in open court in minutes, so tune in to HLN right now to see the verdict read live.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain in the Retreat at Twin Lakes development, called 911 in February of 2012 to report a "suspicious” person in the Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. He was instructed by the dispatcher not to get out of his vehicle or approach the person, but he did anyway. Moments later, neighbors reported hearing gunfire. Zimmerman, who was bleeding from the nose and back of the head, told police that he and Martin fought and that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.