George Zimmerman has been found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. After 16 hours of deliberating, jurors, consisting of 6 women acquitted Zimmerman of 2nd degree murder, as well as the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Zimmerman was charged after shooting and killing Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fl in February, 2012.
Zimmerman claimed self defense, and his legal team argued that he had the right to use deadly force despite following Trayvon, who was walking home from a 7-11. Trayvon was unarmed and was only carrying a bag of skittles and iced tea.
If convicted, Zimmerman could have faced up to life in prison.
Jurors declined to speak after announcing the verdict at approximately 10pm ET, but both Zimmerman’s attorney’s and Trayvon Martin’s family’s legal team addressed the media and answered questions regarding the controversial trial.
“I am gratified by the juries verdict”, said Zimmerman’s lead attorney Don West. “As happy as a I am for George Zimmmerman, I am thrilled that this jury kept this travesty from turning into a tragedy.”
Lead prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda said, “I am disappointed in the verdict but I respect it. We accept the jury’s verdict.”
And, via twitter, Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy Martin responded to the verdict saying, “Even though I am broken-hearted, my faith is unshattered. I will always love my baby Tray … even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him.”
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.
1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.
In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary.
2. He’s funny.
Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.
3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.
In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
4. He’s a rapper.
His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle.
5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.
The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.
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