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

(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.)

George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. last week.
George Zimmerman arrives for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. last week.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
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After hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law, and reading it over and over and over again, we decided there's just no way, other place to go. - Juror B37

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