Juror B29, the lone minority member of the George Zimmerman jury, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that Zimmerman “got away with murder.”
The Puerto Rican, who said the case was never about race for her, expressed her belief that facts have to take precedent over emotion in a criminal trial.
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty, but we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence,” she said.
The juror identified herself only by her first name Maddy and gave a further, particularly nuanced view that she didn’t think the case should have gone to trail and that she “felt like this was a publicity stunt.”
“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,” she said. “The law couldn’t prove it.”
Even though Maddy wanted to find Zimmerman guilty, she didn’t feel that she legally had a choice.
“That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” she said. “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. … 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.”