Jury Finds George Zimmerman 'Not Guilty,' Obama Reacts

CNN Newswire | 7/16/2013, 9:37 a.m.
(CNN) -- A jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said Zimmerman "has to be very cautious and protective of his safety because there is still a fringe element who have said, at least in tweets and everything else, that they want revenge -- that they will not listen to a verdict of not guilty." O'Mara also added, "I'm sure that if he could wave his magic wand, he would just sort of get his life back."

O'Mara added, "Was it fair? It was a little David and Goliath, but we won."

Zimmerman's other defense attorney Don West called the prosecution in his client's case "disgraceful." He added, "I am gratified by the jury's verdict. As happy as I am for George Zimmerman, I'm thrilled that this jury kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty."

Asked about the trial verdict and the status of a separate federal investigation, a Justice Department official told CNN's Carol Cratty late Saturday night that the department "continues to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial."

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey defended the second-degree murder charge that was filed against Zimmerman, telling reporters late Saturday that the allegations "fit the bill" for the charge.

Corey said the case was brought against Zimmerman because "we felt everyone had a right to know about everything." She said it was better that details of the case came out in a trial rather that in "bits and pieces" that "served no good" to anyone.