Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin’s Death

Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin's DeathGeorge Zimmerman never denied shooting Trayvon Martin, but he said he did so in self defense. Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found him not guilty in the teenager’s death.

‘Intentionally committed’

The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race. The six jurors — all of them women — deliberated for 16½ hours. Five of the women are white; one is a minority.

To convict Zimmerman of manslaughter, the jurors would have had to believe he “intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death of Trayvon Martin.” That charge could have carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, though the jury was not told of that possible sentence.

‘Deadly encounter’

Both sides of the case asked for peace after the verdict. In the immediate aftermath, they appeared to have gotten their wish — even though the Internet erupted with outrage. But now that Zimmerman is a free man, his defense and his brother fear for his safety.

The deadly encounter took place on February 26, 2012, as Martin walked back to his father’s fiancee’s house through the rain from a Sanford convenience store. The 17-year-old was carrying Skittles and a drink. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, spotted him and called police. Sometime after that, Zimmerman and Martin got into a physical altercation that ended in Martin’s death.

Are you satisfied with the jury’s verdict for George Zimmerman? Why or why not?

Source: Greg Botelho and Holly Yan | CNN

Image: NBC News

Danica Patrick Wrecks Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Danica Patrick Wrecks Boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr.For those of you who are chasing love, it’s usually best to avoid automobile accidents with your significant other while driving at speeds close to 200 miles per hour. Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. learned that the hard way Sunday in their Camping World RV Sales 301 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

‘Misjudged the braking zone’

The couple collided at NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race after a restart. NASCAR’s first lady broke down the wreck from her point of view, per David Newton of ESPN:

“We were all bunched up on those restarts,” Patrick said. “I’m not sure if I misjudged the braking zone or if they stopped really quick in front of me. It felt like they stopped really quick. I tried to stop myself to keep from getting in the back of anyone, but I got sideways when I tried to do that.

“Unfortunately, I took people with me.”

‘Bumpy road’

Patrick finished 37th after the wreck, while Stenhouse would notch a 34th-place finish.

The two Sprint Cup rookies have certainly grown in the sport together, but it’s been a bumpy road so far for each driver—literally. I’m sure the two are happy that they’ve crossed paths in the outside world, but it may be in their best interest to not let that path-crossing spill over onto the track.

Well, whose fault was it really? Do you think Danica Patrick will have better luck in her next race?

Source: Steven Cook | Bleacher Report

Image: Dallas News