minority member of the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman says
Zimmerman "got away with murder" in the killing of teenager Trayvon
In an interview with ABC News scheduled to air Thursday
evening, the woman identified as Juror B29 said she feels she owes an
apology to Trayvon's parents over the verdict that touched off protest
demonstrations around the country.
The juror said the six-member, all-female jury followed Florida law and found the evidence did not warrant a murder conviction.
"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,'' said the juror.
declined to be identified by her full name and was referred to in the
interview as "Maddy." She allowed her face to be shown in the interviews
to air on World News With Diane Sawyer and Friday on Good Morning America.
She was interviewed by GMA anchor Robin Roberts.
identities of the jurors were sealed by the Florida court and have not
yet been made public. ABC News said she did not allow her full name to
be used out of concern for her safety.
She was described as a
36-year-old nursing assistant and mother of eight children. A Puerto
Rican, she had moved to Seminole County, Fla., from Chicago only five
months before her selection to the jury.
She is the second of the six jurors to speak publicly since the verdict.
Zimmerman, 29, is a white Hispanic and Trayvon, 17, was black. The case
was racially charged from the outset, and prosecutors alleged Zimmerman
had racially profiled the teen.
Maddy said the case was not about race as far as she was concerned.
"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. But, she added, "the law
couldn't prove it."
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother,
issued a statement Thursday night saying that she found the juror's
comment painful but true.
"It is devastating for my family to hear
the comments from juror B29, comments which we already knew in our
hearts to be true: That George Zimmerman literally got away with
murder," Fulton said.
"This new information challenges our nation
once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens
to another child," Fulton 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."
Maddy said she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when the jury began its deliberations.
"I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end," she said.
But after nine hours of discussion about the evidence, Maddy said, she
concluded there wasn't enough proof to convict of murder or the lesser
charge of manslaughter under Florida state law.
She said she "felt confused" because "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 added.
who did not testify in his own defense, contended he shot and killed
Trayvon out of self-defense during a confrontation in a neighborhood of
Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012.
She said she has wrestled with whether she made the right decision.
"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.
She said she owes an apology to the victim's parents because she feels "I let them down.''
"It's hard for me to sleep, it's hard for me to eat,'' she said. "...
I'm hurting as much (as) Trayvon Martin's mother because there's no way
that any mother should feel that pain.''
William M. Welch, USA TODAY