Imagine you are facing life in jail (after trying to protect your neighbourhood and having to defend yourself against an attack from a drugged-up thug), and your fate rests in the hands and the feeble mind of a moron like "Maddy":

George Zimmerman Juror Says He 'Got Away With Murder'

[Video: George Zimmerman Juror: 'In Our Hearts, We Felt He Was Guilty']

By Alyssa Newcomb, ABC News, July 25, 2013

The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman "got away with murder" for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin's parents.

"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence."

She said the jury was following Florida law and the evidence, she said, did not prove murder.

The court had sealed the jurors' identities during the trial and still hasn't lifted the order, but Juror B29 edged out of the shadows in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts. She allowed her face to be shown, but -- concerned for her safety -- used only a first name of Maddy.

The nursing assistant and mother of eight children was selected as a juror five months after she had moved to Seminole County, Fla., from Chicago.

All six of the jurors were women and Maddy, 36, who is Puerto Rican, was the only minority to deliberate in the racially charged case. Zimmerman, 29, was a white Hispanic and Martin, 17, was black.

Despite the prosecution's claim the Zimmerman profiled Martin because he was black, Maddy said the case was never about race to her, although she didn't want to speak for her fellow jurors.

But her feelings about Zimmerman's actions are clear.

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

When the jury of six women—five of them mothers—began deliberations, Maddy said she favored convicting Zimmerman of second degree murder, which could have put him in prison for the rest of his life. The jury was also allowed to consider manslaughter, a lesser charge.

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

However, on the second day of deliberations, after spending nine hours discussing the evidence, Maddy said she realized there wasn't enough proof to convict Zimmerman of murder or manslaughter under Florida law.

Zimmerman concedes he shot and killed Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, but maintains he fired in self-defense.

"That's where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it," Maddy 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."

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.

Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Martin family, told ABC News, "We and the parents of Trayvon Martin do agree that the killer of their child got away with murder."

Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton said in a statement that it was "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."

"This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child. That's why Tracy and I have 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," Fulton said.

Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, said he wants to see the interview before commenting.

As a mother, Maddy said she has had trouble adjusting to life after the verdict, and has wrestled with whether she made the right decision.

"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.

"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."

Maddy said she has sympathy for Martin's parents and believes she, too, would continue the crusade for justice if this had happened to her son.

She said she believes she owes Trayvon Martin's parents an apology because she feels "like I let them down."

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

Maddy is the second juror to speak in a televised interview, and the first to show her face.

Juror B37, whose face and body were hidden, appeared last week on Anderson Cooper's CNN show, and said that she believes Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place" when he became suspicious of Martin and that the teenager probably threw the first punch.

Since then, four other jurors distanced themselves from B37's remarks and released a statement saying B37's opinions were "not in any way representative" of their own.


Mitchell Hastings: "Maddy said "he got away with murder" and that Zimmerman is guilty. But when asked if this case should have ever gone to trial she said she didn't think so. Two extremes. She doesn't seem legit to me."

yzhenry: "she is an idiot"

BAW: "The "case" wasn't controversial. The police investigation found exactly the same thing the trial did. The lies in the press, the left's lynch mob mentality, the race industry, and Obama's need to motivate black voters in 2012 and added to create a controversy. Zimmerman acted in self defense. All the evidence supported his version of events. He passed a lie detector test. He was pleased when he was falsely told it had all been captured on video, because he was telling the truth."

EURweb Comments:

Truthseeker says: "Another juror has made another failed attempt at damage control, only to reopen the wound. It’s an insult for her to say she’s hurting as much as Trayvon’s mother when she gets to go home to her 8 children who are safe and sound. I wish her many more sleepless nights. She’s talking out of both sides of her mouth. She believes he got away with murder but she also stated in the full interview with ABC that she thinks the case never should have been brought against him. You can’t have it both ways. Notice how she never mentions his claim of self defense at all because she doesn’t even believe that lie. She’s just as cowardly as George Zimmerman. I hope she feels the wrath for what she is 1/6 responsible for. I am glad she showed her face and I hope her community shows her the same compassion and mercy she showed Trayvon’s and the Martin family."

Truthseeker: "Shame on her for invoking the name of God when she didn’t have the courage to do what she was called upon to do."

mmlsongs: "Your judgment of her is jacked. She has more integrity then the first juror who basically told us she went in there with her mind made up! Maddy did her job and now it’s our turn to get up off our asses and do ours. People love to fuss and bitch “at the computer screen” about everything but doing something? Actually going to the voting booth or reading up on a law or volunteering to help anybody with anything is a whole other animal. Juror B29 gets props from me for doing she was asked to do regardless of my not happy George Zimmerman was set “physically” free. I have EVERY belief Trayvon’s parents know that this woman is a good person."

Truthseeker: "My judgement of her is just that “mine”. I am a volunteer judge at my precinct polling place and I’ve served on a jury so don’t preach to me about voting. She’s pulling a CYA move. She’s no better than the rest. This isn’t an integrity contest. If so she would fail miserably. Please review the transcript of the interview. She contradicts herself."

nubnone: "“If a law is unjust, a man or woman is not only right to disobey it, he or she is obligated to do so” attributed to Thomas Jefferson. I added the female aspect to it.

Dontsleep: "This law is jacked. Since when can u get into a fight and kill your opponent because your loosing. Folks in jail doing time now for that shit. I’m down with the boycott!!!"

Taurusingr: "Yeah and?, YOU HELPED him do so!! Don’t take yo ass ‘on “the shows” & “NOW” have a “change of heart”, when YOU could’ve “changed the VERDICT”!!!! “Hind sight” my ass!!! But?….I digress."

DJ NITTI: "These idiots get all caught up with trying to be lawyers and get on some Perry Mason shit, if in your heart you felt he was guilty then you should vote guilty, plain and simple. Fuck all the extra bullshit she’s talking."

Taurusingr: "They musta…”canceled her security detail” & now?, has to walk to the fkn mall…..”as usual”! So “now”, she’s “back in touch” with her….urban responsibilities”?? DaFOH!!"

Taurusingr: "Yada yada yada….FO!"

GayleK: "Finally the voice of a Latina to help balance out some of this nonsense. Hopefully she gets a chance to meet the family."

Truthseeker: "She, Zimmerman, and you Gaylekkk are on the same waiting list to meet with Trayvon’s parents."

DJ NITTI: "So this dummy felt that he was guilty but voted not guilty? She’s an idiot. At least the other juror, whether right or wrong, voted how she felt but this dumb bitch thought he was guilty yet voted not guilty. If God forbid one of her precious kids gets shot and killed while going to the store to buy skittles and ice tea I wonder if she’ll be looking for so much evidence or reading the law so closely. Bottom line is if Zimmerman wouldn’t have been playing cop Trayvon Martin would’ve went home and ate his skittles drank his tea and nobody would’ve been hurt. His actions caused a boy’s death and because she voted against her conscience nobody will be held accountable. Everyone is quick to accept Zimmerman’s story that Trayvon attacked him, well what if Ziimmerman pulled out his gun from the the beginning and Trayvon felt he was in danger? Where’s Trayvon’s ” Stand Your Ground” protection under Florida’s law? Zimmerman is following what he perceives as a dangerous criminal in a dark street why wouldnt he have his gun in his hand? think anout it. An unarmed boy is being persued by an armed grown man what was he suppose to do? Granted the prosecution dropped the ball and didn’t really present any other scenarios but regardless if a juror felt he was guilty then she should have voted GUILTY. Now she feels tormented? Well she should I hope her cowardice haunts her for the rest of her life."

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