What to know about Zimmerman trial

Published On: Jun 10 2013 12:18:09 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 15 2013 11:19:59 AM CDT

George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Get up to speed on the key events and issues that have led to this point.

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Sanford officials had a variety of views on what to do with the case. On March 12, 2012, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said Zimmerman wasn't being charged because there was nothing to disprove his story. Lee temporarily stepped down later that month and was ultimately fired over how he handled the case. The day after his boss's statement, Sanford homicide detective Christopher Serino recommended Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter, saying he "failed to identify himself" and his injuries were "marginally consistent with a life-threatening episode," but Martin didn't use deadly force.

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