George Zimmerman jury adjourns for night without decision
Updated On: Jul 13 2013 12:08:25 AM EDT
The jury in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial has adjourned for the night without a decision after nearly three-and-a-half hours of deliberations.
The jurors will return to the Seminole County courthouse to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Saturday.
About two hours into deliberations, it was announced the jury had their first question on Friday afternoon.
Zimmerman is charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Jurors asked for an inventory list of what's in evidence, including descriptions. Judge Debra S. Nelson said they made a list, the attorneys approved it and it was given to the jury a short time after the request.
Attorney Mark O'Mara presented the closing arguments for the defense Friday morning and prosecutor John Guy followed with the state's rebuttal.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda presented the state's closing arguments on Thursday.
The six-person, all-female jury will determine if Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder or of a lesser charge of manslaughter. The jury has been sequestered since opening statements on June 24.
George Zimmerman's family released a statement Friday afternoon after the jury in his second-degree murder case had begun deliberations, saying:
"From the onset of this tragic event, our family has been clear to express our trust in the judicial system. A jury of one's peers is the hallmark of our country's judicial system. The American justice system is the finest in the world. George's fate is now in the hands of the jury, who will make their decision based on evidence and the facts of the case. As we await a verdict we will remain hopeful and ask for the public to remain peaceful, no matter the outcome. Though we maintain George committed no crime whatsoever, we acknowledge that the people who called for George's arrest and subsequent trial have now witnessed both events come to pass. We hope now that as Americans we will all respect the rule of law, which begins with respecting the verdict. The judicial system has run its course -- pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for our country."
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, has pleaded not guilty, claiming he shot Martin in self-defense.
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