Local reaction to Zimmerman verdict

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

A case that has made media headlines for over a year a now has finally come to an end.

It was announced Saturday evening that George Zimmerman was found not guilty.

It's been almost a year and a half since the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

With a jury verdict, George Zimmerman was found not guilty and walks a free man.

KHQA spoke with Ellen Taylor, who voiced her opinion on the verdict.

"It doesn't make sense to me that someone like George Zimmerman or anyone in that situation, can initiate a confrontation even after the police told him not to. And then when he starts getting physical, then he shoots him. That's not okay," Taylor said.

For some in the Tri-States, it brings up issues they feel should be discussed.

"Do I think race is a part of it? Yes. Do I think race is the only part of it? No. What has bothered me about this case, from the beginning, is that it seems to be an example of how we, I think, are reverting to kind of an old west mentality where everyone carries a gun and carries out his own form of what he sees as justice," Taylor said.

The country has taken to social media to express their feelings over the trial.

Some have threatened George Zimmerman's life and expressed feelings of anger over the verdict.

"So now we have a dead kid, and a man tried and now afraid for his own life. Is that what we've come to? That frightens me," Taylor said.

KHQA received Facebook comments on both sides of the issue.

"Justice prevails! Self defense is NOT murder! Amen!" Andrea Ybanez-Bisson wrote.

"It's the right thing. The media constantly portrayed George as a dark, evil vigilante and Trayvon as a sweet innocent little boy. But the jury saw the truth," Brent Riley posted.

"Very sad indeed. I am a firm believer in self defense and the stand your ground law, but he judged that kid as"trouble" from the minute he saw him and the racial slurs that he used one the phone with non emergency prove that. Should have at least gotten manslaughter!!!" Linda Martinez wrote.

To see the rest of the Facebook conversation, click here.

According to CBS News, now that the trial is over, evidence from the case is being released, including the gun Zimmerman used to kill Martin.

That means he should be allowed retrieve the gun unless state or federal law enforcement officials seek to keep it.

For more photos from the trial check out this story from CBS News.