Maddy, Juror B29, said in an interview with ABC news that the law could not prove Trayvon was murdered and it supported Zimmerman’s self defense claim. Zimmerman admitted he shot the teen but insisted it was self defense. He was acquitted of charges by an all female jury of his peers.
“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,” said Maddy, “But the law could not prove it.”
“That’s where I felt confused; 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.” Maddy felt the law was simple and clear which led to the controversial verdict.
A recent transplant from Chicago, Maddy said she had problems adjusting after the ordeal as a juror on the case. She believed in hindsight the decision by the jury was not an adequate one. Maddy said she felt compelled to tell her experience on the jury as an obligation to Trayvon’s mother. Juror B29 said the law supported Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin but morality doesn’t support the deed.
“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?’” said Maddy.
Maddy stated that in her heart she knew Zimmerman was guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin but was obligated by the law to perform her civic duty.
“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 Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” said Maddy.
“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 muder,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, said in statement from the newly formed Trayvon Martion Foundation. “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 [Martin] 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,” she added.
“Based on her comments, Juror B-29 accepted a tremendous burden, set her feelings aside, and cast a verdict based on the evidence presented in court and on the law she was provided,” stated Mark O’Mara Zimmerman’s lawyer. O’Mara cited her as a “model juror.”
Juror B29 said law supported Zimmerman’s murder of Trayvon Martin and O’Mara stands by his client’s assertions. Like minded, civic minded and legal observers side with Zimmerman’s verdict which has polarized the diverse cultures within the United States.
By Thomas Barr