SANFORD, Fla. - Jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial have found the neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty of second degree murder.
A group of six women spent more than nine hours determining that Zimmerman acted in self defense almost a year and a half ago when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury was allowed to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter. Zimmerman maintains that he shot Martin in self-defense last year.
Zimmerman had faced a maximum prison sentence of life for second-degree murder. He could have received 30 years if convicted of manslaughter, due to extra sentencing guidelines for committing a crime with a gun.
Jurors began deliberations Friday afternoon and deliberated for three and a half hours Friday.
They decided to stop just before 6 P.M. Florida time. They resumed at 9 A.M. Saturday.
About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence.
Jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial asked the judge a question late in their second day of deliberations. They asked "May we please have clarification on the instructions regarding manslaughter?"
The judge called for a 30 minute recess for attorneys to discuss how to answer. Attorneys for the prosecution and the defense asked the judge to respond to the jury's question with a request for further clarification on the jury's question.