NOT GUILTY: After 16 Hours And 20 Minutes, George Zimmerman Is Acquitted In A Stunning Verdict

After 16 hours of deliberation, the 6 woman jury came to a much-anticipated verdict. Image @ WFTV

After 16 hours of deliberation, the 6 woman jury came to a much-anticipated verdict. Image @ WFTV

A verdict has been reached, after 16 hours and 20 minutes. The self-appointed “neighborhood watchman” who confronted Trayvon Martin as the 17-year-old walked to his father’s home with a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles, was found ‘not guilty.”

As Zimmerman sat impassively, those in the courtroom looked frozen in the anxiety of suspense. As the verdict was read, there was no sound, but Zimmerman’s face shifted ever so slightly in recognition of the immense impact of the words that had just been announced. The defense team smiled to each other, while the prosecutors looked as stunned as many in the gallery.

Obviously there will be much discussion in the coming days, deconstructing the events that led up to the trial, and the trial and verdict itself. Zimmerman’s monitor will be cut off and he walks out of the courtroom a free man. One CNN commenter said, “it is a somber moment…”

As CNN moved outside the courtroom, the crowd surrounding the reporter was described as in a “stunned silence.” A few called out “no justice,” some were crying, a pastor being interviewed said he did not believe there was justice in this for the Martin family. But whatever the reactions, they are deep and the ramifications will likely be felt in a ripple effect. Hopefully, as many have expressed, it will not devolve into the type of reaction that occurred after the acquittal in the Rodney King case.

Not guilty.

It is, indeed, a somber moment.