The fate of George Zimmerman is in the hands of the jury as closing arguments ended Friday and Judge Debra Nelson instructed jurors on what factors they should determine as they reach a verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The verdict in the Zimmerman trial will be one of the most highly watched decisions this year. While it’s unclear when the all-female jury will reach a verdict, there are a couple of websites to keep an eye on when a decision is reached for live streaming of the verdict.
Breakingnews.com has provided continuous live streaming of the Zimmerman trial since it began three weeks ago, and there’s no doubt that the site will have a live stream when the verdict comes in. You can check out the breakingnews.com’s live stream here.
Zimmerman faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of the unarmed 17-year-old black youth. Zimmerman’s defense doesn't dispute that the community watchman shot and killed Martin, but they claim the 29-year-old Zimmerman was acting in self-defense. State prosecutors contend Zimmerman pursued Martin and intended to kill him after he believed the teen was acting suspiciously on the night of Feb. 26, 2012.
Judge Nelson instructed the jurors on how they should reach either a guilty or not guilty verdict for Zimmerman, and included definitions of several legal terms to guide the jury in how they should think about the case.
Other live stream options for the verdict include Global Grind, the media website created by hip-hop mogul and activist Russell Simmons. Similar to breakingnews.com, Global Grind has provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Zimmerman trial and is expected to have a live stream of the verdict when it is reached.
Mainstream media sites, including NBC News and Fox News, are also sure to live stream the verdict on their websites here and here. When news that a verdict has been reached spreads, look for the banner on the top of both websites, which most likely will have a link to a live stream of the Florida courtroom where the verdict will be read.
While most media coverage has leaned toward the possibility that Zimmerman will be acquitted of murder, the six jurors haven't been allowed to view any coverage in the case.
Conventional wisdom says that the longer the jury deliberates, the more likely it is that Zimmerman will be found not guilty. But the case isn't a typical 12-person jury. Instead, there are six members, making it more likely that the jury will reach a verdict quicker than a 12-person jury would.