Trayvon Martin’s mother: Juror comments are ‘devastating’

'George Zimmerman literally got away with murder.'
MCT Regional News
Jul 27, 2013

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.

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By Stephanie Chavez - Los Angeles Times (MCT)

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Comments

swiss family

@bama... it is really sad that you do not see the differences in these cases.. in the Zimmerman/Martin case you had a teenage black male killed , shot point blank in the heart, and at first no one was charged with anything,Zimmermaqn was questioned and released without any charges... in the case that you describe..2 black men shoot and kill a white baby.. killing him , obviously, and I am sure that they are in jail, awaiting trial and sentencing, or are on the run , with the entire Law enforcement teams in hot pursuit...as it should be...the NAACP and Al Sharpton only get involved when it seems as if a black life does not matter , as in the Zimmerman/Martin case....for you to expect the President or Jesse Jackson to comment on every case that involves a black man is pure racism..and I doubt that you consider yourself to be a racist...

arnmcrmn

Al Sharpton blows his horn to make money and stir racism. Period.

humpty_dumpty

The thug got what he deserved. His mother didnt even raise the punk shes in it for $$$$$$$$$$$. His dad himself was involved in gangs in past what a example. I laughed how they made thugvon out as this poor innocent kid BS. George did the right thing if i was in situation i would done the same.

humpty_dumpty

OBAMA should beimpeached for his comments on the case! AL jesse are a joke they talk racism and there biggest racist there is . BLACK PANTHERS are you kidding me putting a bounty on georges head but not arrested! THERES good and bad in all races but i get sick every ime blacks are arested its RACISM. this isnt 1850 anymore. google white kids killed by blacks wheres obama al and jesse then

arnmcrmn

What is "devastating" is the liberal media and AA groups that keep fueling the fire.

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