SANFORD, Fla. -- Members of the State Attorney's Office, including State Attorney Angela Corey and Lead Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda, addressed the media following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
Corey publicly thanked the jury for the 16 hours of deliberations and going over the facts leading up to deliberations.
"Our hearts go out to the family of the victims as they always do," Corey said.
A visibly disappointed and flustered De La Rionda also spoke candidly, saying he was not happy with the verdict, but respected the decision of the court.
Corey was asked by the media why she decided to push for the second-degree murder charge.
"We charged what we believed we could prove," Corey said.
Corey added that there is no doubt that Trayvon was profiled.
The State Attorney said it was "challenging" to take over a case that had been investigated already but stressed her opinion that the Sanford Police Department did not botch the case.
Corey said she, along with the prosecution, believed that Trayvon was behind the screams that were heard on the 911 call.
"Screams stop the moment the shot is fired," Corey said.
Corey called it a "common sense" piece of evidence.
"Trayvon had every right to be on that premises as George Zimmerman did," De La Rionda said.
Corey said that she believes in the right to bear arms but her hope is to keep guns in the hands of responsible gun owners.
First Coast News