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July 18th, 2013
05:57 AM ET

Fallout Over Zimmerman Verdict Continues

It’s been four days since a jury declared George Zimmerman a free man, but the calls to action continue.

The fallout is widespread with rallies and protests across major U.S. cities demanding a change after a jury acquitted the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

“'Justice for Trayvon rallies'” are scheduled in 100 cities Saturday, to urge civil rights charges against George Zimmerman,” reports CNN’s Victor Blackwell.

And just days after Anderson Cooper’s exclusive interview with one of the jurors in the Zimmerman trial first aired, we're learning more about how the Zimmerman jury spent their 22 days sequestered when they weren’t in court.

“The six female jurors occasionally left the hotel – with court approval – going bowling, shopping, and to the movies," Blackwell says. "Seminole County officials estimate sequestration cost the county $33 thousand, all to isolate them from the controversy surrounding the trial.”

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July 4th, 2013
08:51 AM ET

Past professors, ballistics & DNA experts testify in Zimmerman trial Wednesday

The George Zimmerman murder trial takes a break today for the July Fourth holiday.

But prosecutors are expected to wrap up their side of the case when court resumes on Friday.

They spent Wednesday trying to paint a picture of Zimmerman as a well-educated police officer wanna-be.

CNN's George Howell reports the details from Sanford, Florida.

“Zimmerman's past could haunt him if jurors are swayed by the picture prosecutors are trying to paint,” Howell reports, “a ‘wanna-be’ cop, who went too far, then less than forth-coming about how well he knew the law–-on national TV.”

July 1st, 2013
05:53 AM ET

Will judge allow Zimmerman's audio taped statements to be played? George Howell reports the latest in trial

George Zimmerman may be heard in his own words during his trial in Sanford, Florida today.

This morning, a judge is set to decide whether the jury can hear statements the former neighborhood watch volunteer gave to police.

As George Howell reports, it may shed some light over what happened the night Trayvon Martin died.

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June 28th, 2013
06:39 AM ET

Contentious testimony for star witness in Zimmerman trial – George Howell reports

Testimony resumes today in murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

But many are still talking about the dramatic, sometimes contentious debate between the prosecution's star witness and the defense team trying to discredit her.

CNN's George Howell is covering the trial and has the latest.

June 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Martin friend takes stand in murder trial – George Howell reports

A key witness tells her story in day three of the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, charged with killing her unarmed friend Trayvon Martin.

Rachel Jeantel was on the phone with Martin just before he was fatally shot.

CNN's George Howell is in Sanford, Florida with details from the court.

April 6th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Task force meets on 'Stand Your Ground' – State Sen. Chris Smith explains

Florida State Sen. Chris Smith on the task force meeting he helped organize to review the "Stand Your Ground" law.


Filed under: Stand Your Ground • Trayvon Martin