The trial of George Zimmerman in the case of Trayvon Martin’s murder has become a national phenomenon, overtaking the country, as well as popular news sources, for the past three weeks.
At approximately 2:30 PM today, the jury began their deliberation on the fate of George Zimmerman, with three options before them that they could potentially hand down; guilty of second degree murder, guilty of manslaughter, or not guilty of either offense.
Before allowing the case to go to the jury, the courtroom had some interesting turns this week, one of the most notable being George Zimmerman’s refusal to take the witness stand and give his testimony of the events that transpired on that rainy February night. The void created by the lack of Zimmerman’s actual voice has been filled by audio recordings and video interviews, which have been shown throughout the three weeks.
This event was only overshadowed by the judge’s instructions that allow the jury to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter when deliberating on Zimmerman’s sentence and ruling.
The Florida jury, consisting of six women, has been sequestered until they deliver a verdict. Judge Nelson was quoted as telling the jurors, “All of us are depending on you to make a wise and legal decision.” The jury will have to deliberate on and come to a conclusion about the events that took place that happened that night; was George Zimmerman acting in defense, as the defense has to manically insisted, or was Trayvon Martin the profiled victim of a wanna-be cop who made assumptions, as the prosecution claimed?
According to CNN, Judge Nelson stated that the jury requested an inventory of the trial’s evidence about two hours in to their deliberation. Six copies were delivered to the jury around five PM.
For now, the nation waits on pins and needles for the delivery of a verdict.