Trayvon Martin’s mother said it had been devastating for her family to learn that one juror said George Zimmerman “got away with murder” and that the very jurors who decided on the not-guilty verdict felt just the opposite.
“It is devastating for my family 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,” said Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, shortly after a juror interview aired on ABC News.
“This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child,” Fulton said. Her family has launched the Trayvon Martin Foundation “to try and take something very painful and negative and turn it into something positive as a legacy to our son.”
Juror B29, the second of the six-woman panel to publicly speak, told Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” that she ached for Martin’s grieving family and that Zimmerman “got away with murder.” A portion of the interview was aired Thursday evening.
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the 36-year-old woman, a nursing assistant and mother of eight. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”
She said there wasn’t enough proof under Florida law to convict Zimmerman.
“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,” the juror said. “(But) the law couldn’t prove it.”
Zimmerman was accused of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin once in the chest. The defense said Zimmerman feared for his life when the two got into an altercation in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Critics said Zimmerman profiled Martin, who was black, and that his unfounded suspicion of the 17-year-old led to the confrontation. Zimmerman is of Latino ancestry.
The juror said she pushed for Zimmerman to be convicted of second-degree murder until she decided on the second day of deliberations that there wasn’t enough definitive proof.
Zimmerman’s defense team argued that he killed Martin in self-defense. The jury was also allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter.
By Stephanie Chavez - Los Angeles Times (MCT)
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