Juror B29 Says Zimmerman Got Away With “Murder” And The Trial Was A “Publicity Stunt”
One of the women who served on the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman in the case of Trayvon Martin’s killing has come out to say that George Zimmerman got away with murder.
A woman named Maddy, who has declined to give her last name, was previously known only as Juror B29. Maddy says she “can’t sleep at night” because of the decision.
“George Zimmerman got away with murder,” Maddy said during an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on ‘Good Morning America,’ “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 is the 36-year-old woman of Puerto Rican descent who sat on the jury with five Caucasian women.
According to Maddy, she and the other jurors thought George Zimmerman was guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, but were unable to convict him because “the law couldn’t prove it.”
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said Maddy. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”
During the second day of deliberations, Maddy knew they would not convict him of second-degree murder.
“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,” she said. “I feel the verdict was already told.”
The reading of the law about self-defense was what finally convinced Maddy.
“That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” Maddy said. “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.”
Despite following the law, the conviction is eating away at Maddy.
“It’s hard for me to sleep, it’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death. And as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” she said.
The full interview will air tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”
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