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Zimmerman juror: He "got away with murder"

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges on Saturday for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in this central Florida town in February of last year. (July 13, 2013)

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom a free man after being found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center in Sanford, Florida, July 13, 2013. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges on Saturday for the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in this central Florida town in February of last year. (July 13, 2013)

A second juror in the trial of George Zimmerman has given a TV interview saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer "got away with murder" when he was acquitted earlier this month in the shooting death of black, unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The woman, identified in court as juror B29, who is part Hispanic, said she would have liked to convict Zimmerman of murdering Martin but said her hands were tied by a lack of evidence.

"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," she told ABC's Robin Roberts in an interview due to be aired on Friday morning. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence," the woman said.

Excerpts of the interview were published on ABC's website, http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-juror-murder/story?id=19770659.

Zimmerman, a white Hispanic man, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter on July 13 after a racially charged trial. The verdict triggered demonstrations across the United States.

The jurors have remained anonymous under a judge's order. Juror B29 allowed her face to be shown, but used only that name Maddy. ABC said the 36-year-old woman is Puerto Rican and that she recently moved to Florida from Chicago. She is a nursing assistant and mother of eight.

Juror B29 is the second juror to speak in a televised interview, and the first to show her face.

Juror B37, a mother of two who grew up in a military family, appeared last week on CNN with her face obscured. She said she believed Zimmerman, 29, was "justified" in shooting Martin, 17, during a confrontation in a gated community in central Florida in Feb. 2012.

She said she did not think Zimmerman racially profiled Martin and believed Martin attacked Zimmerman first.

Shortly after the interview, which prompted a hostile backlash on social media, CNN said four other jurors released a statement distancing themselves from the comments of B37.

Juror B29 agreed with B37 that the case was never about race, despite accusations by the prosecution that Zimmerman had profiled Martin when he called police to report someone acting suspiciously in the community near Orlando.

The prosecution accused Zimmerman of profiling Martin and following him in the manner of a vigilante. Zimmerman's lawyers said he acted in self-defense after Martin started beating his head against a concrete sidewalk.

Whatever the truth, juror B29 said Zimmerman had a lot to answer for. "George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can't get away from God. And at the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with," Maddy said. " the law couldn't prove it."

When the jury began deliberations, she said she initially favored convicting Zimmerman. "I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end," she said.

On the second day of deliberations she realized there was not enough proof to convict Zimmerman of murder or manslaughter under Florida law, she said.

When asked by Roberts whether the case should have gone to trial, the juror said, "I don't think so." She added, "I felt like this was a publicity stunt."

She said that after the trial had ended, she wrestled with her decision and had a hard time sleeping and eating. She said she feels she owes Martin's parents an apology.

"I'm hurting as much as Trayvon Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain," she said.

Comments

scofos 1 year, 2 months ago

What an absolute idiot this juror must be to make such statements. Should'nt the evidence be the guide for our heart and our mind? That's like saying "don't let the facts get in the way of a good story" There was no evidence to suggest anything other than George Zimmerman's account of what took place. The state had external pressure to bring charges, and they did that in an underhanded way. It is a tragedy that the young man was shot but I listened to entire trial and I am convinced the verdict was correct.

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notblind 1 year, 1 month ago

This is what happens when the media and the government all the way up to the POTUS do their level best to deny a citizen his civil rights by taking sides in a local situation that has NO national significance. They poisoned the jury pool long before the trial ever started. ...................................... Whenever you see the words "white hispanic" watch out. Deception and race mongering is the goal of the author.

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SickandTired 1 year, 1 month ago

Wait a minute....she thinks he got away with murder but she also thinks the case never should have gone to trial?

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 1 month ago

this idiot had no business being on a jury, any jury, not just this jury.It's good that the other jurors were there to make sure the proper verdict was rendered. Being a juror requires that you use your brain, not your heart.If your brain says there wasn't enough evidence then you have to acquit. She just wants to stoke the flames of hate and get her 15 minutes of fame, OK lady you can move back to Chicago now, you got your face time.

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notblind 1 year, 1 month ago

Actually, it appears "the media" has struck again. According to another story I read the editors remixed the tapes of the interview similar to what they did to the 911 tapes of this incident. Simply incredible.

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John5214 1 year, 1 month ago

Zimmerman was found not guilty BECAUSE OF RACISM. Al Sharpton and the rest of the racist, so called black leaders in this country got this guy acquitted. They cried RACISM from day one. They put all this pressure on the cops to arrest this guy. They put pressure on the DA to take this guy to trial. All because of RACISM. (Black Racism) So what happens, the guy gets arrested and goes to trial without the proper foundation to get a conviction. All because Reverend Al and the rest of these Black racists wanted Black justice. Well folks, you get what you pay for so to speak. Let the cops and the DA do the jobs the are paid to do and you might get a favorable result. They are the ONLY ones who have all the evidence. They are the ONLY ones who can make an intelligent decision on what steps to take when it comes to arrest and trial. Screaming racism from the highest mountain and putting media pressure on these folks is not the answer. The result of this case proves that point. Now move on and learn from your mistakes.

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scofos 1 year, 1 month ago

The only question that will never be answered is whether or not Zimmerman instigated the fight in which he clearly got beat up by Trayvon. I'll concede that to the Trayvon supporters. HOWEVER, to the lovers of racism, there is no other option...GZ started it. That assumption is what disturbs me. That kind of assumption is what is perpetuating racial tension in our country. Trayvon supporters (white and black) carry on as if the trial was a joke, with no validity even considering the evidence presented. Regardless of who the initiator was here....when you decide to physically assault someone, you had better be willing to face the consequences.

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Reason 1 year, 1 month ago

Evidence is what you look at, not your feelings. If you make a verdict based on feelings, you are not a proper juror. We operate on the rule of law, not gut feelings in court. To not act accordingly, is a disservice to the citizens of this republic. The law in question, is a response to the current state of society, that was voted and approved by the lawmakers to provide protection to law abiding citizens against deadly force perpetrated by an aggressor hellbent on mortal, or permanent injuries to the other person, or persons. If you believe the opposite of the other jurors, you make your debate on evidence and facts, to persuade the other jurors to agree with your stance. This did not happen, due to the evidence and testimony of the witnesses. Following the verdict, the prosecution's "Press Conference" had the air of a political candidates announcement. This could have been done a day, or two later. It seemed a bit tactless. Juror 29 B is correct. This was a publicity stunt, indeed.

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John_Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Not that I feel as though he is guilty but the headline should read: Zimmerman Juror: "I allowed him to get away with murder."

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LilburnsFuture 1 year, 1 month ago

A picture paints a thousand words. There is great wisdom in sequestering the jury during a trial. I have to hand it to the founders of the court system in this country. Unforunately, there is justice in the media and there is justice in the courts.

I found this comment interesting. Because if you look at the interview you will also notice that the Juror is also part black. Regardless, it must be said that all the jurors said they set aside their feelings and made their decision based on the evidence - which is what the jury is supposed to do.

The woman, identified in court as juror B29, who is part Hispanic, said she would have liked to convict Zimmerman of murdering Martin but said her hands were tied by a lack of evidence

Behind the Juror B29 Interview

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