Juror: "George Zimmerman Got Away With Murder"
Juror B29 was the only minority member of the George Zimmerman jury and now reveals she was the only one who tried to argue to convict Zimmerman in the final days.
Going by the name "Maddy," she gave her first interview to ABC's Robin Roberts. It will air in three parts over the next two days on World News, Nightline, and Good Morning America.
"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," Maddy said in an excerpt released by ABC News. "[But] the law couldn't prove it."
Maddy says she was the lone holdout by the end of the deliberations who still wanted to convict Zimmerman, but realized the state hadn't provided enough evidence to convince her that Zimmerman should be convicted of either manslaughter or murder.
"That's where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it," Maddy says. "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."
The juror, however, says she still wrestles with the guilt of letting Zimmerman off and offered her apologies to Martin's parents.
"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," she says. "And as I carry him on my back, I'm hurting as much [as] Trayvon Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain."
Oddly, the interview seems to ring similar to the Onion's satirical op-ed from the jurors: "In Our Defense, These Were Some Pretty Fucked-Up Laws and We Were Ordered to Deliberate in Accordance With Them."
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