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
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)

(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."

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lwmcd1
Jul 27, 2013 1:41 PM CDT
"...the evidence just wasn't there." In a Republic and under the rule of law, that says it all.
truefreedom
Jul 27, 2013 1:26 PM CDT
People forget about the OJ Simpson Trial in the '90's and how the judge let the cameras in the courtroom. Have we learned anything from the past? NO! The mainstream media used this as court of public opinion, this is to used to devide and conquer us all. The judge should be fired and she should lose her pension for letting the cameras in the courtroom.
susanb41
Jul 27, 2013 3:04 AM CDT
CORRECTION*****CORRECTION*****CORRECTION While the prosecutors claimed that Trayvon was armed with nothing but Skittles and iced tea, the media neglected to mention that it was actually Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. Used to make "lean" or "purple drank." Look it up.