Juror: Screams Were Zimmerman's
Jury started off split, 'Juror B37' says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 12:47 AM CDT
Updated Jul 16, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. last week.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

(Newser) – The six-woman jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty started off split 50/50 on whether to convict, but those who believed he was not guilty from the start prevailed, the first juror to speak publicly about the case tells CNN. Juror B37 says she believes it was Zimmerman who was heard screaming for help in a 911 call, and all but "probably one" of the other jurors agreed. None of the jurors—five white and one Hispanic—believed race had a part in the shooting, she says. Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place" the night he killed Trayvon Martin, the juror says, but he "just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done."

Miss B37 is the juror who inked a book deal about the case, but last night she released a statement through her agent saying she had dropped those plans, the Wall Street Journal reports. Being sequestered, she explained "shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case." (As for Zimmerman, he is back in hiding, his parents tell ABC. They say they haven't seen him since the verdict and they are also in hiding after receiving an "enormous amount" of death threats.)

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Jul 17, 2013 2:58 AM CDT
Question Did the whites raise hell and ralley when O.J. Simpson was set free. Go home Jessie an Al before you start a war that you will loose.
Jul 17, 2013 1:57 AM CDT
Sick disgusting people making death threats against him and his family. trace and arrest!
Jul 17, 2013 1:57 AM CDT
There are experts in the areas of voice analysis and we do have the technology out there who should have been brought in to determine who the screams on the recording belonged to - it's similar to doing a handwriting analysis. But of course the Prosecution were idiots and really should have their law licenses revoked. Furthermore because this was put in the National spotlight the Prosecution should have demanded to have the trial moved out of the county. It has been done before with other high-profile and Nationally debated trials. The one question I still have is that, once you call the police and they tell you not to approach a suspect. When do you make the decision to disobey. See for me, anyone who disobeys a directive given to you either face-to-face or verbally from an individual in law enforcement makes me tend to believe you are in fact an individual who will break or disobey "any other law", which makes you not credible or a law-abiding citizen. The Prosecution was below standards for a case of the importance. There were plenty of opportunities for the Prosecution to dig-in but they didn't for some reason. The other issue I have is under child protection laws. For many of us, if a stranger was following our child in a car for several blocks, I am sure many of us parents would flip-the-hell-out. The fact that he didn't know Trayvon's age is not important because ignorance is not an excuse - anyone under 18 is a minor (you can't enter into a legal contract with them). I would have liked to know if Zimmerman made it a habit of following around children or women. Because if his answer was no, then he was "racially profiling" . The Prosecution in this case blew it Big Time. The verdict is what it is but JUSTICE was not served. But in the end everyone knows what Zimmerman looks like and he may have just punched his one-way ticket to hell. As a matter of fact some of the jurors already have big money deals so their identities will also be known soon. Maybe they've all punched their one-way tickets to hell. Rest assured this will sting for a long time because the African-American community has reached the maximum level of restraint