13 July, 2013

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The fate of George Zimmerman now lies in the hands of a jury who will decide whether he is guilty in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

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The jury of six women is charged with deciding whether neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty in the death of Martin, an unarmed teen, in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012.

"He brought a gun to a struggle, to a fight that he started ... wanting to make sure the victim didn't get away,” prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said in his closing argument to the court. “And now he wants you to let him off because he killed the only eyewitness, the victim Trayvon Martin, who was being followed by this man."

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said there was no proof that Zimmerma n had acted with any other motive than self-defense. "How many 'coulda beens' have you heard from the state in this case?" he asked in his closing argument. "How many 'what ifs' have you heard from the state in this case? They don't get to ask you that. No, no, no.” He implored the jury: “Do not give anybody the benefit of the doubt except for George Zimmerman.”

The case drew national attention when Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, was not initially charged in the death of Martin, who was African-American.

It raised debate about racial profiling and gun laws, and even President Obama chimed in when he said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

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