After a year and a half of living a life in seclusion, George Zimmerman walked out of a Florida courthouse Saturday night, a free man.
The jury's verdict is one that spawned pure outrage and even open support for Zimmerman's not guilty verdict.
So we wanted to find out how criminal cases in Missouri compare to Florida's cases. We spoke with former prosecutor and now private law firm attorney Mark Williams.
"In a criminal case, if the defendant chooses to have a trial by jury, the defendant's going to get 12 jurors, as oppose to six which is the Florida's system," said attorney Williams.
Williams tell us this could have played a role in Zimmerman's acquittal. He says there may be a juror that's on the fence, and that's when other jurors are going to work on that person to get them to go one way or another. If there are more opposed, that juror is more apt to be easily swayed.
Florida has the Stand Your Ground Law, but Missouri has the Castle Doctrine. "In kind of a bare bone, if a felony is going to be committed within your residence, you have a right to use deadly force. So it's kind of shoot first, ask questions later versus ask questions then shoot," said Williams.
He says that changes the complexity of the situation like in the Zimmerman case.
"You have a fight happen in that case, or if you translate it into Missouri you have a breaking into a house, you have a shooting and somebody gets killed, you're going to have one side of the story," said Williams.
At that point he says it's tough for the state. Williams says Florida didn't have the other version, Trayvon's version, of who threw the first punch or who was yelling for help.
"This case with Trayvon Martin, he's not there anymore there was nobody else there to really watch how it started," said Williams. "I don't think they had any definitive, concrete evidence of how things started, you just have George Zimmerman's side of the story."
Unless he tells inconsistent facts, the state had to live with what he said.
"It's a tragedy, we all have children," said Kirksville resident Robert Nichols. "I feel sorry for the family, I really do. It's between that man and god. if he's guilty or not, he'll be punished if he is."
Zimmerman, living a life that's changed forever, while Trayvon's parents are living their life-- without their son