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Upstate activist returns from FL for George Zimmerman trial

Posted: Updated: July 12, 2013 11:36 PM

The jury is out.

After weeks of trial, on Friday, six female jurors went behind closed doors to sift through evidence and decide whether George Zimmerman will go to jail for the death of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin.

The jury has three verdict options: Guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty.

Passions are high for supporters of both Martin and Zimmerman. Activist Traci Fant, of Greenville, said she's hoping for one of the first two options.

"I think that [the jury] should maybe take their time and really deliberate on it… hopefully they'll be able to come to some type of agreement or some type of verdict very soon, because until then people are going to be on pins and needles," said Fant.

The country watched this case from the beginning, and in the Upstate, Fant coordinated the Greenville rally for Trayvon Martin in March of 2012. Then, she told the crowd that her son was also 17, and that he also goes to the store. She said instead of Martin, it could have been her child killed.

"It's not about white or black, or Hispanic or whatever. It's about doing what's right. At the end of the day, they have to realize that if [Zimmerman] gets out, if he's released or found innocent, how are my sons gonna feel about it? Will they ever be able to feel like they're protected by any form of justice?" Fant questioned.

She returned last week from Florida. She wanted to show support for Martin's parents, and described the feel of the town as "nervous."

Though she wants jail time given to Zimmerman, Fant does not condone the emails she's already gotten, encouraging rallies and riots in the streets, if Zimmerman is let free.

"There's no use in us destroying everything... or destroying each other… or doing more damage, it's already going to be damaging to his parents, I'm sure Trayvon's parents wouldn't want us to act out like that"

The jury is set to meet back Saturday.

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