Minority Juror: Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

But she says evidence wasn't there to convict

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2013 3:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – The lone minority member of George Zimmerman's jury thinks he's a murderer. But she said she couldn't vote to convict because the evidence just wasn't there. As a result, juror B29—she is of Puerto Rican descent and identified only by her first name of "Maddy"—tells Robin Roberts of ABC News that she feels she owes the parents of Trayvon Martin an apology. Some of her quotes from the interview that airs this evening:

  • "You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty. But 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. (But) the law couldn't prove it."
  • Maddy says the other jurors were quicker to reach that conclusion. "I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end." But she says she realized on the second day of deliberations that there wasn't enough evidence even for a manslaughter conviction.
  • In regard to Martin's parents, she feels "like I let them down" and should apologize. She has eight children of her own and particularly empathizes with the teen's mother. "There's no way that any mother should feel that pain."

This image released by ABC shows host Robin Roberts, left, with juror B29 from the George Zimmerman trial, center, and attorney David Chico.   (AP Photo/ABC, Donna Svennevik)
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