Zimmerman 'got away with murder,' juror says
ORLANDO — The second juror to speak publicly about George Zimmerman's trial told ABC News in an interview made public on Thursday that she feels the neighborhood watch volunteer got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. But she said there wasn't enough evidence to convict him under Florida law.
Juror B29 told Robin Roberts 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 Zimmerman 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 acquitted 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 with Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. The case spawned heated national debates about racial profiling and the so-called “stand your ground” self-defense laws in Florida and other states.
Zimmerman was seen publicly for the first time last week when he assisted a family whose sport utility vehicle flipped over on a Florida highway.
Juror B29 is the second panelist to go public with what went on during deliberations. 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 both Zimmerman and Martin led to the teenager's fatal shooting, but Zimmerman didn't break the law.
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