Zimmerman Jury Deliberations Stretch into a Second Night
July 13th, 2013 | WMFE- The 6 jurors in George Zimmerman's second degree murder trial continued their deliberations into Saturday evening. Jurors were given their instructions Friday afternoon. They can also find Zimmerman guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter for killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford last year.
Just before six on Saturday evening, jurors asked for clarification on manslaughter instructions.
A crowd of demonstrators gathered in front of the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center throughout the day.
Many of them carried home made signs in support of Trayvon Martin.
Big Mama Joseph traveled from Volusia County with her family to wait for the verdict.
"Everybody's here to support George or Trayvon," she said.
"There's a lot of mothers here, there's a lot of grandparents here, there's a lot of future generations here. Everybody just wants a sense of.... can't we all just live in peace?"
Sanford resident Raymond Coleman was watching the demonstrators with his three teenager children.
Coleman said he was following the case out of a sense of sympathy for Martin's parents.
"Me having children, I would hate for one of my sons want to go to the store and worry about them coming home," he said.
"That's the message I don't want to get lost is that, you know, there's a 17 year old child that's dead."
William Emola carried a handwritten sign with the words "Free George".
Emola had traveled up to Sanford from Orlandowith two friends for the verdict, to show support for Zimmerman. He said he had questions about Florida's so-called 'Stand Your Ground' law.
"If this doesn't work, they better do something, because this is going to keep happening."