Prosecutors have said Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer for his community, profiled the black teenager as Martin, 17, was walking back from a convenience store to the home of his father's fiancee. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

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Martin's shooting death and the initial decision not to charge Zimmerman led to public outrage and demonstrations around the nation, with some accusing Sanford police of failing to thoroughly investigate the shooting.