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Zimmerman case sparks conversation about race

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From the very beginning, Ken Rush has been intently watching the Trayvon Martin case from his barber chair in Birmingham. 

"To a lot of people it seems open and shut but the law is the law," said Rush. 

Rush tells ABC 33/40's Larry Miller he's been captivated by the case, the arguments, the testimony, but he says it's what he hasn't heard that concerns him. Race. 

"If he had not been black, I don't think we would be going through this right now," said Rush. 

" I just feel like he was defending himself," said Ann Parsons. 

Analysts say race has been an issue in the case, but it hasn't been discussed in great detail. Many are concerned that an unarmed black teen would die at the hands of a 29-year-old bi-racial man with a gun. 

Birmingham based attorney Emory Anthony said the prosecution and defense haven't talked about race much for good reason. 

"Anytime you're trying a case, you don't wanna make race the issue." said Anthony. "You try to make sure you're not alienating any of the jurors. So, both sides have done a good job of not spinning it with race." 

Deliberations are expected to begin Friday. A jury of six women will begin deliberations Friday on whether Zimmerman is guilty or not guilty of second-degree murder and/or manslaughter.
Predictions on what happens next are mixed. 

"I think a lot of probable cause has been proven by the defense and I think he's gonna get off," said Rush. 

" Do you think the jury will hand down a guilty verdict? I think they might," said Parsons. 

Some in the case feel should Zimmerman go free, chaos will erupt. 

 "If people are this angry about what he did now, and if he gets a not guilty, you can only imagine how far they going to take it," said Terrell Lykes from Alabaster. 

Others, however, see a different reaction. 

"I think we'll be angry by it. I don't think we'll go to the streets like we did with the Rodney King Verdict," said Rush. 

 

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