Juror B29, the only nonwhite juror in the trial of George Zimmerman, said that the man once accused of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin “got away with murder.”
The juror, one of six women who decided Zimmerman’s fate, made her remarks in an interview with ABC News that was scheduled for Thursday evening. In that interview, she said that she believes she owes an apology to the parents of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old student killed by Zimmerman.
"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," said the juror, identifying herself only as Maddy. However, she added, "the law couldn't prove it."
The Seminole County Court has kept the identities of the six jurors private. In the ABC interview, she did not allow her full name to be used. She was described as being Puerto Rican and 36 years old as well as a mother of eight children. She moved from Chicago to the Orlando area just five months before the jury was selected.
"I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end," she said, in the interview. She added that she felt “confused” because “if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it.”
Despite her feelings about Zimmerman’s guilt, the juror said that she was persuaded to vote to acquit the one-time neighborhood watch volunteer because of the instructions by the judge about the standard to find someone guilty of second-degree murder.
"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 said.
In the interview, Juror B29 said that she has repeatedly questioned whether she made the right decision by voting to acquit Zimmerman.
"I felt like I let a lot of people down, and I'm thinking to myself, 'Did I go the right way? Did I go the wrong way?'" she said. Furthermore, she said, she believes she should apologize to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, adding that she feels “I let them down.”
In the emotional interview, she said: "It's hard for me to sleep, it's hard for me to eat. I'm hurting as much (as) Trayvon Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain.''
In a statement, Sybrina Fulton reacted strongly to the comments made by the juror.
"It is devastating for my family to hear the comments from juror B29, comments which we already knew in our hearts to be true,” she said.
“This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child,” she added. “That's why Tracy and I have launched The Trayvon Martin Foundation to try and take something very painful and negative and turn it into something positive as a legacy to our son.”
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