Zimmerman Trial Juror B-29: Not enough proof to convict, Zimmerman 'got away with murder'
Zimmerman Trial Juror B-29: 'I was the juror that was going to give them a hung jury. I fought to the end.'
A¬†juror¬†said in an interview made available Thursday that she feels neighborhood watch volunteer George¬†Zimmerman¬†got away with murder for fatally shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, but that there wasn't enough evidence at¬†trial¬†to convict him under Florida law.
Zimmerman¬†was acquitted earlier this month of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 slaying of the unarmed 17-year-old. The Miami teenager was shot and killed during a confrontation withZimmerman. The case spawned heated national debates about racial profiling and the so-called Stand Your Ground self-defense laws in Florida and other states.
Juror¬†B29¬†told ABC News that she favored convicting¬†Zimmerman¬†of second-degree murder when deliberations began by the six-member, all-women jury.
"I was the¬†juror¬†that was going to give them a hung jury," she said. "I fought to the end."
But by the second day of deliberating, she realized there wasn't enough proof to convict the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer of a crime.
"George¬†Zimmerman¬†got away with murder, but you can't get away from God," she said. "And at the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with."
Zimmerman¬†was seen publicly for the first time last week when he assisted a family after their vehicle flipped over on a Florida highway.
Juror¬†B29¬†is the second panelist to go public with what went on during deliberations earlier this month. She allowed her face to be shown and used her first name, Maddy, unlike¬†Juror¬†B37, who was interviewed on CNN last week with her face obscured.
Four¬†jurors, not including the one interviewed by ABC, issued a statement last week saying the opinions expressed by¬†Juror¬†B37 to CNN's Anderson Cooper did not represent their views.
That¬†juror¬†said the actions of¬†Zimmerman¬†and Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting, but thatZimmerman¬†didn't actually break the law.
Juror¬†B29¬†also told ABC that she didn't believe race was an issue at the¬†trial. Though the judge so far has refused to release the names or biographical information about the¬†jurors,¬†B29¬†said she was 36 years old and Puerto Rican.
Martin was black and¬†Zimmerman¬†identifies himself as Hispanic. Martin's parents believe¬†Zimmerman¬†racially profiled their son when he started following him after spotting him walking through the neighborhood whereZimmerman¬†lived and Martin was visiting.¬†Juror¬†B29¬†said she couldn't speak for her fellow¬†jurors¬†on the race issue. The other women on the jury were white.
Juror¬†B29¬†is a nursing assistant and mother of eight children who recently moved to Florida from Chicago.
She said she feels like she owes Martin's parents an apology.
"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. "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."