• Juror B29 says she owes Trayvon Martin's family an apology


    SANFORD, Fla. - The second juror to speak publicly about George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial told ABC News that she feels the neighborhood watch volunteer got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, but she said there wasn't enough evidence to convict him under Florida law.

    Martin's mother spoke out through their family attorney about the juror's comments.

    In a Facebook post from attorney Natalie Jackson, Sybrina Fulton says: "It's devastating to hear the comments from juror B29, comments which we already knew in our hearts to be true; that George Zimmerman literally got away with murder."

    Juror B29 told Robin Roberts of ABC Television that she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when deliberations began by the six-member, all-women jury.

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

    But by the second day of deliberations, the juror, who went by the name Maddy for the interview, realized there wasn't enough proof to convict the 29-year-old Zimmerman of a crime.

    "George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can't get away from God," she said. "And at the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with."

    The juror said she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin's family after agreeing to a not-guilty verdict. She said it was a difficult and emotional call, and she said things haven't gotten easier.

    "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.

    Early on, three jurors wanted a guilty verdict, but she said they followed the jury instructions. "As much as we were trying to find this man guilty, they give you a booklet that basically tells you the truth and the truth is that there was nothing that we could do about it," she said. "I feel the verdict was already told. ... As the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can't say he's guilty."

    When asked by Roberts whether the case should have gone to trial, Maddy said, "I don't think so."

    "I felt like this was a publicity stunt. This whole court service thing to me was publicity," she said. "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. 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."

    Maddy, who is from Chicago, said she had no idea how big the case was until she arrived at the courthouse and saw all of the news trucks in the media village.

    She was the second overall juror questioned and held up to intense questioning about her thoughts as a mother of eight.

    "Everybody needs a fair trial, everyone," she said. "And I don't know if it's the same, but I feel that at the end of the day you have to listen to both sides."

    Zimmerman was acquitted early this month of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 slaying of the unarmed 17-year-old.

    The Miami teenager was shot and killed during a confrontation with Zimmerman in Sanford. The case spawned heated national debates about racial profiling and the so-called stand your ground self-defense laws in Florida and other states.

    Zimmerman was seen publicly for the first time last week when he assisted a family after their SUV flipped over near Interstate 4 in Sanford.

    Juror B29 is the second panelist to go public with what went on during deliberations. She allowed her face to be shown and used her first name, unlike Juror B37, who was interviewed on CNN last week with her face obscured.

    Four jurors, not including the one interviewed by ABC, issued a statement last week saying the opinions expressed by Juror B37 to CNN's Anderson Cooper did not represent their views.

    That juror said the actions of Zimmerman and Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting, but that Zimmerman didn't actually break the law.

    Juror B29 also told ABC that she didn't believe race was an issue at the trial. Though the judge so far has refused to release the names or biographical information about the jurors, B29 said she was 36 years old and Puerto Rican.

    Martin was black and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic. Martin's parents believe Zimmerman racially profiled their son and started following him after spotting him walking through the neighborhood where Zimmerman lived and Martin was visiting.

    B29 said she couldn't speak for her fellow jurors on the race issue. The other women on the jury were white.

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