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Our discussion for just a second because the prosecution is speaking let's watch and -- and -- process for George Zimmerman.
That we would get all of the facts and details of this very difficult.
Case before a jury.
And we chose to do it that way because we felt that everyone.
Had a right to know everything about this case.
That for a case like this to come out in bits and pieces served as good.
To know one.
Geithner told the jury yesterday.
To the living -- respect.
To the dead we -- the truth.
We have been respectful to the living.
We've done our best to -- due process to all involved.
And we believe that we brought out the truth on behalf of trade on Martin.
There -- so many people the -- starting with share Eslinger.
And his entire sheriff's office they've been so good as has Michelle Kennedy and all of the people here.
And she know we traveled from.
And that has not been easy but it's been made so much the better -- having so many people be gracious.
You have respected our privacy you the media because we said after the press conference that we were going to try this case in the courtroom not in the media.
And we appreciate you respecting our privacy in doing that.
I have an amazing.
Team of lawyers.
Paralegals and investigators.
Who put their lives on hold.
And -- except that the governor's assignment to take on.
This difficult investigation.
And this difficult case and I'm so proud to stand here with them.
And to be part.
Of the historical aspect of this case.
To show that the American justice system.
Only be done in a court of law.
I don't believe it helps anyone.
For us to be out espousing opinions about our cases.
And I think as you see.
We put this case in front of the jury.
And that leads me to thanking the jury for the sixteen.
Hours of deliberation that they took.
To go over all of the facts and circumstances what we always believed.
Was -- this with a case of I never could quite understand people even people with law degrees.
-- had not read all of the police reports who had not read all of the witness statements get who came up with opinions one way or the other.
And his team of people standing with me.
His stand with me every day in the fourth circuit.
And try tough cases like this all the time.
News that we had to do the best.
To get the entire.
Facts and details of this case out and before a jury.
I think this jury worked very hard we honor them for their service.
Judge Nelson worked very hard.
Who want her to know that we appreciate all that she did to keep this case on course.
And of course our hearts as always go out to our victim's family.
And all victims of crime.
But as long as they know that there will always be prosecutors fighting for the truth I think that victims.
To rely on this justice system.
I'll turn it over burning but you don't think he works.
I want to thank you all horror.
Respecting our privacy.
-- -- disappointed as we are with the verdict but we accept it.
We live in a great country that has a great criminal justice system it is not perfect but it's the best in the world.
And we respect the jury's verdict.
I also like to thank you for your time intention that you -- in this case -- Both sides are deserving.
We have from the beginning just prayed for the truth.
To come out and for peace to be the result and that continues to be our prayers and we believed they have -- -- I just like -- to say to -- family of the dead teenager Trayvon Martin that I appreciate the way they have handled this matter they've been dignified.
-- -- class.
They have kept their pain in check when they needed to and they have grieved when they needed to.
And I think that they have handled it -- ladies and gentlemen.
It can't have been easy and it won't be easy so I ask that.
I know you all have a job to do but when you approach all that keep them in -- to thank you.
Also want to thank the thousands of people who sent prayers are way -- held us.
In their thoughts throughout this entire process we got a lot of encouragement from a lot of people.
But again this is something that we do.
In our circuit we try a lot of murder cases we never know what the jury's going to do we go in every case putting our best.
And leaving it in their hands and that's what we did in this case.
Is it appropriate to take questions letter.
We charge what we believe we can prove based on our Florida standard jury instructions and based on the facts of the case.
So that's why we charge to second degree murder we truly believe that the mindset of George Zimmerman.
And the words that he used and the reason that he was out doing what he was doing.
Fit the bill for second degree murder second degree murder as a general intent crime unlike first degree murder which requires specific intent.
And sort of a design.
I'm I'm sorry I wasn't finished with my answer.
I didn't finish my answer.
And so because -- the -- intent crime you look at the way the crime was committed it doesn't have to be between.
Two people who know each other.
Well I think that one of the greatest challenges we faced is taking over a case that had already been.
Being investigated for as long as it was before we stepped then.
And were able to start conducting our investigation.
It was a challenge but it's one -- took when the governor signed this case it's.
And we did everything we possibly could.
-- -- Oh I'm sorry would you just -- CNET and.
All right you have been watching the prosecution's reaction to a not guilty verdict against 29 year old.
Their case did not hold up in court and they have lost on this and Angela Corey is the State's attorney.
And Florida's fourth Circuit.
And and so what she's doing issues expressing obviously her disappointment but also just talking about the fact that she thought that they did their duty.
To bring this case forward you saw her joined -- by -- Hillary Honda which I thought was interesting he spoke about thirty words or fewer.
-- he's been very vocal during the course of the case in trial.
And very animated I guess as a as a fair word to say about him I want to you also.
Just let everybody know if you're just joining us here on Fox News Channel and our broadcast stations on fox.
A verdict has been reached after about 1516 hours of deliberations.
In Sanford Florida and the George Zimmerman -- murder trial the death of seventeen year old trade on -- last February 2012.
And George Zimmerman said all along he shot and killed and it was self defense.
It would appear.
In the jury's verdict that they agreed with that we knew potentially earlier in the evening.
That second degree murder had been wiped away because they had a question for the judge about the manslaughter charge that wants some clarification on that.
-- but we never did get to see the back and forth.
Between the jury pool in the judge because before we knew what they had a verdict.
I want to go to some live guests on sat in studio -- forests and they were with me.
Earlier during fox report -- we -- we do that we're going to ask you to stay tuned here on Fox News Channel.
And our fox station broadcast across the country for continuing coverage of the story.
I'm Harris Faulkner in New York we'll take a quick -- And now we will return back to our regularly scheduled programming on -- fox Brad broadcast stations and we'll stick with the story here.
On Fox News Channel so we have judge Alex for rare and Mercedes Colin.
On -- for standing by but in the meantime I'm just being told that the prosecution is speaking again let's watch and listen.
Complicated concept that it is scheduled to lesser included which is why we requested that we request are lesser -- -- The judge gives what she believes is appropriate.
And that's that's how we try cases.
And they don't like David -- life in the minor details.
Can you talk about down Florida's stand your ground law and whether that.
The changes in the law in 2005 affected the facts in this case and whether this case could have been one perhaps treat the changes in law.
Well that just by at least deadly force has changed to a certain extent stand your ground is a procedural mechanism as we call it where.
We fully expected because of what we were hearing that the defense would request to stand your ground hearing and we would've put on the same evidence it would have been in front of Justin Jackson instead of artillery.
Well they did -- retreat aspect actually had sort of disappeared before stand your ground kicked again and you talk about castle doctrine basically.
And then how that got extended and the public areas yes it's a very complicated and difficult area of the law I think I did a -- to that.
Pretty specifically when we first announced the charges justifiable use of deadly force is one of the most difficult areas of -- law.
And one of the most difficult affirmative defenses to which we respond in our criminal case.
This is Christy O'Connor in the beginning in this case as you note the country.
Felt that there is such a strong likelihood that you would.
Proved that that voice was trade bonds and then obviously things turned around.
Talk about that.
Voice tape weather and also any other evidence that you thought was strong in what happened to how it affected you what with convincing to us when we listen to the tape.
Is that the screens stops the moment that shot is fired.
That's the kind of common sense.
Evidence that prosecutors rely on every day that -- stops when the shots fired.
And so we always believe after hearing that take that it was straight on -- Michael -- with -- -- yes -- piggybacking off that was that the argument one of the -- when she thought she -- -- who was screaming for help -- was the -- severity of -- -- -- injuries did you -- you have to win those involved didn't.
You know that's another interesting point because a lot of people said why did we produce the photographs of George elements injuries -- blood on the back -- this that well.
One of the reasons is because we didn't also produce the picture his physician's assistant Chris said the cut was this big.
So see when you when you put together a case you have to analyze all of -- not just what was going on right at the time of the crime.
So those injuries.
-- believe did not rise to great bodily harm.
Children across this country athletes get injuries like that every day and go right back into the game.
Or their parents kiss them after -- fallen off their -- and they go right back yet.
I'm not trying to -- -- this.
But we did not believe that what the statements were that were made by George Zimmerman comported.
With injuries of great bodily car.
And one of the other key pieces of evidence -- Christie asked earlier was we don't believe that he could have been straddled.
And had the gun on that inside back holster.
And gotten it out he was truly being beaten.
At the time the shot was fired.
And so that's another key element in our decision to file charges yes I'm Lisa Lucas -- -- and -- Lisa and let's talk about racial gentiles testimony read disappointed and and the results of that considering do you think that damaged the case -- we deal with witnesses to our homicides on a regular basis.
Two are sometimes friends of the defendant who are sometimes friends of the victim.
A lot of them may or may not be educated a lot of the may or may not have good memories.
Eyewitnesses an -- witnesses come with just a realm of issues.
And so you can't say that you're disappointed in them as long as you ask -- to take the stand.
And tell the truth and you believe that you witnesses have done that said -- Yes sir Al ansari accurate I apologize for messed -- the protocol -- contest yes man is -- Barbara listed yet Reuters.
You said earlier that one of the greatest challenges of this case was taking no for an investigation into that handled by another agency for so long yes are you saying that the Sanford police department messed up this case I salute you and -- and if you would handle it from the beginning absolutely not I don't what I'm talking about this that burden that it put on us to come in after -- that.
The way we work shootings in our jurisdiction as we work side by side with the -- from the time of the shooting.
That's not a criticism of anybody it just made it more difficult for us than what we're used to.
Yeah I think they're in the press conference I told you all that we believe Tampa police did everything that they could that night.
Let me remind people again.
That win a citizen.
Does say shooting and it's not in the commission.
They felony a full blown felony like they're being dropped -- being raped.
It's sort of -- an encounter that happens like this in the mutual territory.
Those -- a lot more difficult.
And and we have to look at those -- carefully.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And when it happens inside their -- -- inside the store that they young.
Or during the commission of -- forcible felony.
That is so much easier the decision to make when two people are mutual ground and make no mistake about it.
-- -- had every bit as much the right to be on the premises.
That they were wrong as did George Zimmerman.
Then that then goes to all the facts and circumstances.
Behind the case.
And that's why this case was unique in that sense and that's why it was difficult.
-- village with channel nine in Orlando -- once you determine that you could not.
Well once you.
Found out that you could not determine.
Who started that confrontation.
Why did you decide to go forward because isn't that a key point of a case like this in -- -- -- -- I think we have to go back to the beginning.
Who's following who I'm -- -- who's following -- I mean isn't that what this case boils down to him that was our theory.
Now we respect the jury's verdict but really -- -- -- down to as a kid minding his own business being followed by itself a stranger.
-- so I would submit that that's when it started.
I don't know that answer your question or not.
What's on the theory that's the fact.
Charlie obviously disagreed at some point and you'll be able to hopefully -- -- them what they thought.
But when you it boils down to is you got -- seventeen year old kid who is minding his own business wearing -- -- And gets the -- it gets followed by an individual.
Who wants to be a tough act.
I do want to mention one more thing.
Has never been about race nor has it ever been about.
The right to bear arms not in the sense of treating this as a criminal case but trade on Martin was profile.
There is no doubt that he was profiled to be criminal.
And -- race was one of the aspects and -- -- woman's mind.
Then we believe that we put out the proof necessary to show that Zimmerman did profile -- bond -- But the right to bear arms is -- -- in which we all believe I especially believe -- that right.
What we want is responsible.
When someone -- they have to use a gun to take the life.
They have to be responsible in their use and we believe that this case all along with about boundaries.
And that George Zimmerman exceeded those -- Yes man -- -- Yeah.
Hillary on that -- question for you mentioned that -- disappointed in in today's verdict.
He -- a little bit you guys who put a lot of effort a lot of time really scheduled seventeen months.
Talk a little bit about that frustration -- you know well.
-- -- miniature.
I say clearly I respect the jury's verdict this is no criticism of the jury verdict I expect job will leave I believe wholeheartedly that we live in the greatest country in the world so I accepted but I am disappointed.
I've been tried a lot of cases.
Three -- -- and there are cases about eighty something murder cases this is only my second murder case and applause.
And I disappointing yes because I thought he was guilty but what matters is what the jury said and I accepted.
Another answered -- course.
-- -- -- Hillary under isn't ready your impression of the 2005 expansion of the Florida's senate itself -- -- self defense statutes.
Does this make your job harder.
You know self defense has existed for a long time.
And we've we've dealt with the Jackson for a long time we tried a lot of self defense case I personally have -- you know 1015 self defense cases.
They're tough cases but we accept -- so.
The locally hasn't changed that much.
Stand your ground was a big thing but really the -- and change and we believe the right to bear arms and the right of self defense.
We felt in this case that it was not appropriate.
Hi -- south thunder with USA today.
I'm John Guy talked about the fact that this is going to be a verdict that sent to mention that send a message and that it was gonna be about what happens when a guy.
Follows -- -- a young child and then she sent you tell me what you think about.
What this verdict means -- Venetian in what it says.
Yeah I don't believe ourselves -- send a message I mean criminal cases are about the benefits and victims it's it's it's so you know most instances like this one a one on one confrontation so it was.
It was a determination about what happened between those two individuals I certainly didn't mean to.
Characterize this is sending a message outside outside the courtroom.
The prosecutor Corey this question is about -- cried boss since.
That's -- testifying that pretrial hearing about discovery evidence.
And we understand that he was terminated can you talk to us about why he was terminated from your office I believe that we released a letter that -- tails while.
He was terminated.
And again we want to keep the focus.
On what we promised fifteen months ago which was to get all of the facts of this case in front of the jury or in front of the judge if it had been a stand your ground hearing.
And I believe that's what we've done I believe the focus needs to be on how the system worked.
And -- now everyone in this country because of you all because of you all covering this case.
Can say that they know the facts that were allowed in front of the jury.
And now they know.
And can make up their own minds about the guilt of George Zimmerman.
And know that this jury gave it a lot of time and attention I don't think anybody will tell you that they don't appreciate how much the jury did.
One more thing that I did forget to mention earlier is when you asked about second degree murder remember that the definition of that is an act or a series of -- And we believe that the series of -- Of mr.
And what he did leading to trade on Martin's death or why we were able to file second degree murder.
And I'm -- -- -- was -- the last question again we want to thank all of you we want to thank all of the people who sent prayers are way.
We want to thank again the people of seminal county for allowing us to come in here and try this case.
God bless you.
And we do ask for peace.
And for privacy.
To the extent that trade on Martin's family wants that privacy thank you very much.
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