Juror says George Zimmerman 'got away with murder'

11:08 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +
This image released by ABC shows host Robin Roberts, left, with Juror B29 from the George Zimmerman trial, center, and attorney David Chico on "Good Morning America," in New York on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Portions of Roberts' interview with the only minority juror from the Zimmerman trial, will air on "World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer," and "Nightline" on Thursday and the full interview will air on "Good Morning America," on Friday. (Photo: Donna Svennevik AP)
Related Links
  • Trayvon Martin Timeline
  • Trayvon Martin's death gains national attention
  • Who is George Zimmerman?
  • PHOTOS: Trayvon Martin Social Media pictures
  • George Zimmerman charged with murder
  • George Zimmerman jailhouse calls
  • Sanford police chief fired
  • Evidence in Trayvon Martin death released
  • Officer: Trayvon Martin target a 'no-shoot training aid'
  • PHOTOS: Judge limits texts, pictures in trial
  • Trayvon Martin family calls for justice, fair & impartial trial
  • Brother: George Zimmerman is sensitive, likable
  • George Zimmerman case timeline of events
  • Expert: Zimmerman case not as popular as Casey Anthony's
  • All-women jury chosen
  • Opening Statements: State drops f-bomb, defense tells joke
  • Zimmerman jury sees Trayvon Martin's body
  • Officer recounts attempt to save Trayvon Martin
  • Trayvon Martin's friend describes George Zimmerman as "creepy-a** cracker"
  • Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged
  • State's star witness admits to another lie
  • Lead detective takes stand
  • Jury hears Zimmerman's firsthand account of shooting
  • Zimmerman attorney's daughter posts controversial photo
  • Prosecutor, police officer at odds in Zimmerman trial
  • Prosecution: Zimmerman legal team not treating witnesses with respect
  • Medical examiner: Zimmerman's injuries were 'insignificant'
  • Skype users bombard Zimmerman witness with calls
  • Expert: No Trayvon Martin DNA on gun grip
  • Trayvon Martin's mother, brother testify
  • Both Zimmerman and Martin mothers on the stand
  • Trayvon Martin's dad contradicts investigator's testimony
  • Gunshot wound expert: Martin was on top of Zimmerman
  • Zimmerman declines to testify in trial
  • Zimmerman judge allows manslaughter charge
  • Judge Nelson moments from the Zimmerman trial
  • State: Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal
  • Prosecution makes its final case in Zimmerman trial
  • Verdict: NOT GUILTY
  • Reaction to Zimmerman verdict
  • Defense 'ecstatic' with the results
  • Trayvon's Dad: My heart is broken, my faith is not
  • (USA TODAY) The lone minority member of the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman says Zimmerman "got away with murder" in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

    In an interview with ABC News scheduled to air Thursday evening, the woman identified as Juror B29 said she feels she owes an apology to Trayvon's parents over the verdict that touched off protest demonstrations around the country.

    The juror said the six-member all-female jury followed Florida law and found the evidence did not warrant a murder conviction.

    "You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,'' said the juror.

    She declined to be identified by her full name and was referred to in the interview as "Maddy." She allowed her face to be shown in the interviews to air on World News and Friday on Good Morning America.

    She was interviewed by GMA anchor Robin Roberts.

    The identities of the jurors were sealed by the Florida court and have not yet been made public. ABC News said she did not allow her full name to be used out of concern for her safety.

    She was described as a 36-year-old nursing assistant and mother of eight children. A Puerto Rican, she had moved to Seminole County, Fla., from Chicago only five months before her selection to the jury.

    She is the second of the six jurors to speak publicly since the verdict.

    Zimmerman, 29, is a white Hispanic and Trayvon, 17, was black. The case was racially charged from the outset, and prosecutors alleged Zimmerman had racially profiled the teen.

    Maddy said the case was not about race as far as she was concerned.

    "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. But, she added, "the law couldn't prove it."

    Maddy said she favored convicting Zimmerman of second degree murder when the jury began its deliberations.

    "I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end," she said.

    After nine hours of discussion about the evidence, however, Maddy said she concluded there wasn't enough proof to convict of murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter under Florida state law.

    She said she "felt confused" because "if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it.''

    "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,'' she added.

    Zimmerman, who did not testify in his own defense, contended he shot and killed Martin out of self defense during a confrontation in a neighborhood of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012.

    She said she has wrestled with whether she made the right decision.

    "I felt like I let a lot of people down, and I'm thinking to myself, 'Did I go the right way? Did I go the wrong way?'" she said.

    She said she owes an apology to the victim's parents because she feels "I let them down.''

    "It's hard for me to sleep, it's hard for me to eat,'' she said. "...I'm hurting as much (as) Trayvon Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain.''

    William M. Welch, USA TODAY

    Most Watched Videos