As Floridians and the entire nation wait to see what verdict the jury will decide, the identities of the six member all female jury remains secret.
What we do know is that George Zimmerman's fate is in the hands of six women who have been sequestered for nearly three weeks. Five of them are white and one is either Hispanic or African-American. Most of the jurors are mothers, and one juror has eight children.
The jury is tasked with deciding if George Zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, manslaughter which carries a maximum of thirty years or not-guilty.
Jurors were not instructed on the length of sentence Zimmerman could receive if convicted. If he is found guilty the judge would determine his sentence at a later date.
Zimmerman's defense attorney argued against the jury being able to consider the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Legal analyst Mitch Stone explained why.
"An all or nothing in a situation like this is preferred by the defense, but if the jury is not convinced that the State met their burden on second degree murder, which I think is a strong likelihood then the only other verdict would have been not guilty. With the lesser included offenses clearly there is more opportunity for the jury to compromise and say well they didn't prove this but we can all agree that they proved the lesser and those who are on the fence may agree with that and those who are really strong for a guilty verdict may prevail."
The verdict will be announced shortly after it is reached to give attorneys time to return to the courtroom. First Coast News has team coverage and will carry the verdict live on-air and online.
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