George Zimmerman Trial Juror B29: ‘Got Away With Murder’

One of the jurors who delivered a verdict in Zimmerman case sat for an interview with ‘Good morning, America’ host Robin Roberts.

The only minority on the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty for shooting Trayvon Martin gave an interview with Robin Roberts for Friday’s “Good Morning America”. Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe/Flickr

Juror B29 spoke to ‘Good Morning America’ host and daid the lack of evidence was the reason why the murderer walked free out of the court room.

“George Zimmerman got away with murder,” the juror said. “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. [But] the law couldn’t prove it.”

Although formerly only known as juror B29, the woman afreed to show her face and even chose to withhold her last name, only using her first name Maddy, reports The Huffington Post.

Maddy was the only minority on the six-person jury. The juror confessed that she was the one of her colleagues who originally wanted to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder.

However, as Maddy added, she later realized that the evidence didn’t support a guilty verdict with respect to his claim of self-defense.

“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said. “That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it. But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”

She continued: “As much as we were trying to find this man guilty…they give you a booklet that basically tells you the truth, and the truth is that there was nothing that we could do about it. I feel the verdict was already told.”

“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” she told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence,” the woman added.

The Puerto-Rican, who is a mother of eight children, admitted that she still asks herself whether she made the right decision and feels like she owes Martin’s parents an apology.

“It’s hard for me to sleep, it’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death. And as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” she said.

When asked by the show’s host 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.”

George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter earlier this month after a racially charged trial. The verdict was highly criticized and triggered demonstrations across the country.

Even the U.S. president spoke of the issue during one of his press briefings, saying: “When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

The U.S. president went on, adding that he understands why the nation is so disappointed with the last week’s verdict, However, he admitted that the jurors decision should be respected as the trial was conducted “in a professional manner”.

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