Crowds Gather Outside Courthouse as Zimmerman Jury Deliberates
SANFORD, Fla. — Crowds gathered outside a Florida courthouse on Saturday as jurors in the murder trial of George Zimmerman continued their deliberations.
Supporters on both sides of the case held signs while they waited for jurors to reach a verdict.
At one point, those on different sides of the issue clashed, according to local media reports.
Although there were no reports of violence.
Supporters of Trayvon, the teenager Zimmerman shot to death, held signs saying “Justice for Trayvon.”
Some also carried skittles and Arizona drinks, the items the teenager was carrying at the time of his death.
A smaller group stood in support of Zimmerman. Among them were Ed Wilson, 57, and Chris Fiorenza, 28, of Sanford.
“We are trying to stop racism, but people just keep wanting to bring it up,” Fiorenza told the Orlando Sun Sentinel.
Meanwhile, an employee WITH the Florida State Attorney’s Office who testified that prosecutors withheld evidence from George Zimmerman’s defense team was fired, according to CNN.
Ben Kruidbos had been on paid administrative leave since May 28 from his job as director of information technology for the State Attorney’s Office.
A spokeswoman for Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Angela Corey said Kruidbos was no longer an employee of the office.
Zimmerman, 29, a neighborhood watch volunteer was charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager.
The prosecution argued that he profiled and deliberately shot Martin, who was returning from a convenience store after buying Skittles and a soft drink.
But Zimmerman maintained that he shot Martin in self-defense and alleged that the teenager attacked him.