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Jury finds Zimmerman not guilty

SANFORD, Fla. (WVVA and AP) - After deliberating for more than 15 hours over two days, a Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of teen Trayvon Martin.

The jurors notified the judge Saturday night a little before 10 p.m. that they had reached a decision. It was announced shortly thereafter.

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 had been charged with second-degree murder in Martin's death, but jurors could have also chosen manslaughter. Zimmerman claims 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 ahead of the verdict's reading.

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