UPDATE: 500 rally in Milwaukee against Martin verdict

UPDATED Saturday, July 20, 2013 --- 7:29 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- About 500 people have rallied in downtown Milwaukee to protest the outcome of the Trayvon Martin shooting case.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/13LHauu ) that a series of speakers outside the Federal Court building Saturday, including politicians and religious leaders, called on the U.S Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the death of Martin.

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized "Justice for Trayvon" rallies and vigils outside federal buildings in over 100 cities Saturday.

A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges in the March 2012 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed. The former neighborhood watch leader claimed self defense, while others contend Martin was targeted because he was black.

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UPDATED Monday, July 15, 2013 --- 10:28 p.m.

MIAMI (AP) -- Two days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in connection with the fatal shooting of Trayvon Marin, one of the jurors has granted a TV interview. And a literary agent says Juror B37 and her husband -- a lawyer -- plan a book about the trial.

The unidentified juror told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the actions of Zimmerman, who she referred to as "George," and Martin both led to the 17-year-old's death.

The juror also said Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino made a big impression on her, because he would have been accustomed to dealing with murders and similar cases. She said Serino would have known how to spot a liar, and yet he testified that he believed Zimmerman.

The juror dismissed the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, who was talking with Martin by cellphone moments before he was fatally shot by Zimmerman in February, 2012.

She also disclosed that she and two other jurors believed at the very start of their deliberations that Zimmerman was not guilty. Two favored a manslaughter conviction. One believed Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder. She said the three who favored convictions were persuaded to change their mind as they reviewed the evidence.

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UPDATED Sunday, July 14, 2013 --- 6:56 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Demonstrators are holding rallies in Wisconsin to protest the Florida verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Milwaukee police say they responded to two separate protests Saturday. One group of about 40 demonstrators dispersed after about a half hour with no arrests. Another group of up to 75 people gathered around midnight in Milwaukee. One person in that group was arrested for resisting and obstructing an officer.

Demonstrators are also speaking out in Madison. A Justice for Trayvon Hoodie Rally is planned to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at the state Capitol.

Other protests are happening nationwide Sunday, a day after a jury found the former neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty. The case unleashed debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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UPDATED Sunday, July 14, 2013 --- 6:47 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Demonstrators protested in three California cities against the acquittal of George Zimmerman and officials say they broke windows and vandalized cars in Oakland.

The Oakland police dispatch office said about 100 people protested there and police were dealing with acts of vandalism. The office had no word of any arrests.

Local media reports said some marchers vandalized a police squad car and police formed a line to block the protesters' path.

The Oakland demonstration followed a raucous but largely peaceful one in San Francisco, which police say ended by 10 p.m.

City News Service reported that the verdict also sparked protests in Los Angeles, where hundreds of people gathered in a park for what police termed a peaceful vigil.

At one point, a group stopped a passenger train and police worked to persuade them to return to the nearby park.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 13, 2013 --- 9:07 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jury acquits George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in shooting of Trayvon Martin .

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UPDATED Saturday, July 13, 2013 --- 9:03 p.m.

The Jury in the George Zimmerman trial have found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 12, 2013 --- 7:30 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial have a question about the charge of manslaughter.

The jurors sent the judge a note asking for clarification on the charge after deliberating for about eight hours Saturday.

The six female jurors began deliberating Friday afternoon on whether Zimmerman committed a crime when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense.

Jurors have the option of considering manslaughter.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 12, 2013 --- 6:04 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in George Zimmerman trial ask for clarification about manslaughter charge.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 12, 2013 --- 6:00 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in George Zimmerman trial have question, lawyers return to courtroom.

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UPDATED Friday, July 12, 2013 --- 5:39 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial have stopped deliberating and will return Saturday morning to resume their discussions.

Jurors told the judge Friday they wanted to break for the night and return the next day to talk about whether Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Jurors deliberated for three and a half hours when they decided to stop. About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence.

Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense last year.

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UPDATED Friday, July 12, 2013 --- 4:10 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial are asking the judge for a list of all the evidence.

Jurors asked for the inventory list about two hours after the started their deliberations Friday.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but the jury can also choose manslaughter. He claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

The jury question prompted the judge, prosecutors, Zimmerman and his defense attorneys to return to the courtroom. Jurors did not come into the courtroom.

Jurors began their deliberations after listening to closing arguments from the defense and a rebuttal from the prosecution.

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UPDATED Wednesday, July 10, 2013 --- 5:58 a.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Defense attorneys are finishing up their case in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in central Florida.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says the defense could wrap up their presentation Wednesday.

Judge Debra Nelson still has to decide two issues.

The first is whether to grant a defense request to allow jurors to view an animation that depicts Zimmerman's fight with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was fatally shot in February 2012 in a Sanford, Fla., gated community.

The other issue is whether she will allow Martin's text messages that purportedly deal with fighting.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. The former neighborhood watch volunteer is pleading not guilty, claiming he shot and killed Martin in self-defense.

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UPDATED Friday, July 5, 2013 --- 4:13 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- George Zimmerman's mother says it was her son's screams that can be heard in the background of a 911 call recorded the night her son fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara played the 911 call in court after Gladys Zimmerman took the witness stand Friday.

When O'Mara asked her whose voice was screaming, she answered "My son."

Martin's mother and brother testified earlier in the day that it was Martin who was screaming.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case.

O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He said there was enormous evidence presented over the past two weeks that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei argued the state had met its burden and that Zimmerman had lied about what happened.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Martin last year. He pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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Posted Friday, July 5, 2013 --- 2:38 p.m.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors say they are resting their case in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda told the judge Friday afternoon that the state would rest its case.

Over two weeks, prosecutors called more than three dozen witnesses. Those witnesses included Zimmerman's neighbors, who heard parts of the fight between Zimmerman and Martin; Martin's friend, who was talking to him moments before he was shot; police officers who responded to the scene; and medical experts who testified on Zimmerman's injuries.

Zimmerman's defense attorneys will now present their witnesses.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting the 17-year-old. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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