Earlier today, Zimmerman trial Juror B29 — a woman identified only by her first name of “Maddy” — became the second juror to speak out after the “not guilty” verdict.
Unlike B37, Zimmerman trial Juror B29 was far more conflicted over the verdict and far more sympathetic to both Trayvon Martin and his grieving parents.
Speaking to Robin Roberts, Zimmerman trial Juror B29 expressed a feeling that seemed to be in direct contradiction to that of B37, mainly that Zimmerman was acquitted despite jury sentiment due to the constraints of Florida law.
According to Zimmerman trial Juror B29, she was a holdout and believed that her opinion would result in a hung jury — telling Roberts that she felt in her heart that the defendant literally “got away with murder” after shooting Martin.
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty… we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence… 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… the law couldn’t prove it.”
Zimmerman juror B29 added that she was the “juror that was going to give them the hung jury” and she “fought to the end” to convict, but added of the second day of deliberating:
“… 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… 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.”
Trayvon Martin’s mom Sybrina Fulton addressed Zimmerman juror B29’s remarks, saying:
“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. This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child. 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.”
Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, also addressed Zimmerman juror B29’s comments.