Zimmerman found not guilty of murder

By Candace Chapman

Zimmerman found not guilty of murder

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM EST

Sanford, FL (WBNG Binghamton) A jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Martin was 17 years old when he was killed on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman, 29, claimed he shot the teenager in self-defense during a confrontation.

"Self defense is a defense to everything," said Defense Attorney Mark O'Mara.

On the other side of the aisle, the prosecution claimed it was Zimmerman who started the confrontation.

"He didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to," said Prosecutor John Guy.

After 16 hours of deliberations, and nearly two weeks of testimony, the jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder.

They also had the option of committing Zimmerman of a lesser offense, including manslaughter, but that didn't come into play.

On Saturday night, Zimmerman walked out of the Sanford County Courthouse with his family, a free man.

Click here to follow CBS news coverage of the verdict.

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