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Zimmerman Trial: Call for calm

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Updated: 7/11/2013 12:25 pm
SANFORD, Fla. -- Only a handful of demonstrators spent the day outside the Seminole County Courthouse Wednesday, holding up signs, expressing their views on the George Zimmerman trial.

People like Amy Waz want him freed.

"I think he'll be acquitted," she said.  "I'm hoping."

Others want him convicted of the second-degree murder charge in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Demonstrator James Fraleigh said, "There still hasn't come out yet any evidence that Trayvon Martin was doing anything wrong."

Because this has been such an emotionally charged case, police are taking precautions, should any post-verdict violence erupt. 

The Broward County Sheriff's Office even released a public service announcement asking trial watchers to raise their voices, not their hands, if they're unhappy with the outcome.

Local police won't talk the specifics of their plan, only saying one is in place, should things get out of hand.  And right now, there's nothing to indicate that will happen.

"I feel sorry for both families.  It's a horrible thing that happened," said Waz.

Demonstrators say they're not looking for any trouble.  They're just anxious to see how this case will end.

"It's important to see that justice is being served," said Fraleigh.

The jury is expected to start deliberating by the end of the week.

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Truthseeker - 7/11/2013 4:33 AM
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We can all sit around and pontificate about who is guilty and who is not, but Zimmerman and Martin are the only ones who really know what happened and Martin isn't talking. These jury members have a task that I do not envy. I just hope that they have the fortitude to base their decision on what they heard and saw in the courtroom rather than on biased media influence and the fear of community upheaval.

Realchange - 7/11/2013 2:50 AM
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There is a lot problems with this court case. The judge does not allow the jury to know Trayvons troubled past but insists the jury know Zimmermans. Things like kicked out school for fighting multiple times, caught with stolen jewelry. Some other questionable things include trying to buy guns. On same hand Zimmerman is no angel but he was trying to his community I seriously doubt he intended to hunt that boy down and kill him. I also believe travyon ambushed Zimmerman and for his part should called police or his dad before attacking someone and putting them in fear for his life. Additionally if even one the many witnesses in this case had gone out side and helped stop the fight the boy would not be dead. Keep in mind just cause he was 17 he was not a small teen he was large liked to fight and did it a lot. contrary to Zimmerman. The state has done nothing but throw emotions at the jury hoping that sticks along with the image that Travyon was just your average kid (they know nothing of his constant fighting and troubles). Taking Zimmermans freedom is reasonbable doubt when you consider he did call police. I seriously doubt if he intended to kill and shoot the young man he would done that to risky they might show before he fired and catch him in the act. A lot people forget that.

Terri75 - 7/10/2013 11:24 PM
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the media is too busy showing a 14 year old kid rather than the 17 year old thug high on dope! Too bad his parents aren't taking any responsibility for how their kid turned out. :(

nativejax - 7/10/2013 8:16 PM
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What the h3lls wrong with you people? It doesn't matter if Trayvon was doing something wrong..He committed a CRIME when he jumped on Zimmerman and put Zimmerman in fear for his own life, causing him to take such a drastic action to get him off of him.
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