Juror B29, in the George Zimmerman trial is the second juror to speak out publicly. Her first name is Maddy, and unlike Juror B27, she has allowed her face to be seen. She spoke candidly with ABC show host Robin Roberts, along with her attorney, David Chico on “Good Morning America,” in New York on Thursday.
Maddy stated that she feels the neighborhood watch volunteer got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin but says there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him under Florida law. Juror B29 told the Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts, in an interview made public Thursday that she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when deliberations began. By the second day of deliberating, however, she realized there wasn’t enough proof to convict Zimmerman of a crime.
According to a recap of the interview on abcnews.com, Maddy told Roberts: “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 when she and her fellow jurors began deliberations; she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder. But on the second day of deliberations, Maddy said, she realized there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Zimmerman of murder. “That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” Maddy told Roberts. “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 Maddy explained how the jury arrived at its acquittal: “You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” she said. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”
The full interview will air on “Good Morning America” on Friday, July 26. However, portions of the interview will air on “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer” and on “Nightline.”
Again, the Zimmerman trial verdict points America back to the real issue. Arguably, the real issue in Florida is perhaps their loose gun laws; the unopposed passing of laws that affect certain communities. On the front end, we need to learn to protest, instead of all the rallies afterwards. If we don’t handle the front end properly we’ll continue to have temporary “moments” during crisis times instead of a real movement.
This means people have to pack the rooms of City Halls on weekends or whenever town meetings are being held in their communities. In order to have a great impact people must be visible while “the powers that be” are in session passing the laws that will lead to more tragedies.
While Juror B27 feels the verdict was just, Juror B29 says she owes Martin’s parents an apology because she feels like she let them down. Tune in to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” on Friday, July 26 to watch the interview in its entirely to get a glimpse of what the jurors were up against when deciding how they would and could bring resolution to the Zimmerman trial.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)