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Local Reactions to Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on July 15, 2013 @ 5:20PM
Created on July 13, 2013 @ 9:45PM

Saturday night George Zimmerman was found not guilty. It's a verdict that's got a lot of people talking.

Experts said it's highly doubtful he'll be able to return to his goal of a career in law enforcement.

Harrison County visitor James Lucas said, "People are going to have a problem with him. I don't think that many places would want him around because of the publicity, and bad reputation."

Zimmerman is married. He has no children, though. Reports said he may return to his career in mortgage insurance. Some people said they think the ruling was fair.

Harrison County resident Tyler Fulton said, "I think he was acting in self defense, honestly. I agree with the jury. I think it was presented in front of people, witnesses were brought. The court came to the right decision."

Others said they're not so sure about his innocence. 

A man who wished to remain anonymous had this to say. "I feel that the shooting of an unarmed kid was uncalled for, and that he was guilty."

This trial also fueled a debate about whether race played a role in the scuffle. While some said race was definitely a factor, others said they didn't think race had anything to do with it.

The man who wished to remain anonymous also had this to say. "I don't feel race had anything to do with this. I feel that Zimmerman was just hard headed, and just wanted to go after the kid."

Officials said it remains to be seen whether his post-trial life could be similar to that of another person in a high profile-case found not guilty, Casey Anthony.

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