George Zimmerman cleared; his safety is a concern

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“This case has never been about race or the right to bear arms,” Ms. Corey said. “We believe this case all along was about boundaries, and George Zimmerman exceeded those boundaries.”

One of the few mentions of race came from witness Rachel Jeantel, the Miami teen who was talking to Martin by phone moments before he was shot. She testified that he described being followed by a “creepy-ass cracker” as he walked through the neighborhood.

Ms. Jeantel gave some of the trial’s most riveting testimony. She said she overheard Martin demand, “What are you following me for?” and then yell, “Get off! Get off!” before his cellphone went dead.

The jurors had to sort out clashing testimony from 56 witnesses in all, including police, neighbors, friends and family members.

• Associated Press writers Tamara Lush in Sanford and Kelli Kennedy, Suzette Laboy and David Fischer in Miami contributed to this article.

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