By way of definition, analogies aren’t either correct or incorrect.
I will say it again, IANAL. Are you?
If you were accused of stealing something that you had taken that was legally yours, you’d be cleared of stealing but you’d still have ‘taken’ it. In the same way, Zimmerman may be cleared of murdering Martin, but he would still have killed him. That fact will never change. Killing and murder are not the same thing.
The headline took full advantage of that confusion in many minds. While the headline is accurate, it certainly could have been written differently.
I don’t need to be a lawyer to understand definitions of English words or even to use a legal dictionary.
al·leged (-ljd, -ljd)
Represented as existing or as being as described but not so proved; supposed.
al·leged·ly (-ljd-l) adv.
Usage Note: An alleged burglar is someone who has been accused of being a burglar but against whom no charges have been proved. An alleged incident is an event that is said to have taken place but has not yet been verified. In their zeal to protect the rights of the accused, newspapers and law enforcement officials sometimes misuse alleged. Someone arrested for murder may be only an alleged murderer, for example, but is a real, not an alleged, suspect in that his or her status as a suspect is not in doubt. Similarly, if the money from a safe is known to have been stolen and not merely mislaid, then we may safely speak of a theft without having to qualify our description with alleged.