Juror: Zimmerman got away with murder

Last updated 10:50 26/07/2013
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Juror B29 told GMA that they all felt "in their hearts he was guilty" but there wasn't enough evidence.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter.
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George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter. His acquittal caused outrage in the US.
Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked through a gated neighbourhood.

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"George Zimmerman got away with murder." That is what the only minority on the juror in the Zimmerman trial felt when the security guard was found not guilty over the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Juror B29 revealed that she "fought to the end" with the rest of the all-female jury to convict Zimmerman.

"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 told GMA.

"I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end. That's where I felt confused, where 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.

"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. [But] the law couldn't prove it."

Zimmerman's acquittal earlier this month caused outrage in the US, stirring resentment and renewing the race debate. The jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter.

Prosecutors had argued that Zimmerman had racially profiled Trayvon when he pursued and shot the black teenager, who was returning home armed with nothing more than a bag of Skittles and a drink from a convenience store.

Zimmerman's defence team rejected the prosecution's claim.

Juror B29 allowed her face to be shown during the interview but chose to withhold her last name, referring to herself as Maddy.

The 36-year-old Puerto Rican nursing assistant told GMA that she wondered if she made the right decision in acquitting Zimmerman. She said she owed Martin's parents an apology.

"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 Trayvon's Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain," she said.

She is the second juror to speak out since the trial ended. Juror B37 told CNN she thought Zimmerman was justified in shooting Trayvon and that the case was never about race.

Maddy agreed with B37 on the second point. When asked by whether the case should have gone to trial, she said: "I don't think so. I felt like this was a publicity stunt."

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