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  • Aug 31, 2014
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Trayvon Martin

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman took place on the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida in the United States. Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old African American high school student. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Hispanic American, was the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily staying and where the shooting took place. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder on July 13 triggering protests against racial profiling across America and calls for a federal civil rights prosecution.

Thousands march across US against not guilty verdict for Zimmerman

Thousands protested across the United States on Sunday against the acquittal of neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida.

Tuesday, 16 July, 2013, 10:39am

Civil rights case urged after acquittal over Trayvon Martin killing

The acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watchman cleared of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, spurred new calls for a federal civil rights prosecution and suggestions that the youth's family may bring a lawsuit.

16 Jul 2013 - 4:30am 1 comment

George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict sparks protests in US

Angry protesters marched in US cities after George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty by a Florida jury in the shooting death last year of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.

16 Jul 2013 - 3:28am 1 comment

Not guilty verdict sets Zimmerman free but divides community

Before the jury in the George Zimmerman murder case brought back its verdict, the judge warned those in the court against any untoward displays of emotion or outbursts.

15 Jul 2013 - 4:38am 3 comments

Defence backed over shooting of Trayvon Martin

A forensic expert has backed George Zimmerman's account of his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, testifying in the neighbourhood watchman's US murder trial that evidence showed he was under the unarmed black teenager when he fired his gun.

11 Jul 2013 - 3:01am

Jury selection starts in George Zimmerman's Florida trial for killing Trayvon Martin

The murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused of shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, failed to choose a single juror on its first day of jury selection.

Lawyers reviewed questionnaire's filled out by prospective jurors and did preliminary interviews, but it quickly became clear that finding a panel of six jurors plus four alternates could take a long time.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:59pm