George Zimmerman's brother calls for peace, respect

Robert Zimmerman Jr. releases statement on behalf of Zimmerman family

SANFORD, Fla. - The brother of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, released a statement on Saturday on behalf of the Zimmerman family.

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Robert Zimmerman Jr. released the statement, asking for peace and respect. The statement says:

"From the onset of this tragic event our family has been clear to express our trust in the judicial system. A jury of one's peers is the hallmark of our country's judicial system. The American justice system is the finest in the world. George's fate is now in the hands of the jury, who will make their decision based on evidence and the facts of the case.

"As we await a verdict we will remain hopeful and ask for the public to remain peaceful, no matter the outcome. Though we maintain George committed no crime whatsoever, we acknowledge that the people who called for George's arrest and subsequent trial have now witnessed both events come to pass. We hope now that as Americans we will all respect the rule of law, which begins with respecting the verdict. The judicial system has run its course - pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for our country."

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The jury is deliberating George Zimmerman's fate on Saturday, but took a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m., the court said in a tweet. 

The jurors returned to the Seminole County Courthouse to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. after adjourning for the night Friday at 6 p.m. without a decision. They had deliberated for nearly three-and-a-half hours, but heard the defense's three-hour closing argument and the state's 45-minute rebuttal earlier in the day.

The jury received their instructions and the verdict form from Nelson at 2 p.m Friday.

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Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

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