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Four Jurors in Zimmerman Trial Say Juror's CNN Comments Don't Reflect Their Views

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 10:45 PM

By Todd Beamon

Four of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial issued a joint statement late on Tuesday saying that Juror B37’s interviews with CNN did not reflect their opinions.

"The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts, but in the end, we did what the law required us to do," the statement said in a request for privacy.

The jurors identified themselves only by their jury pool numbers.

"We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case,” the statement said. “But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives.

"We also wish to point out that the opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below."

A six-member, all-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman, 29, on Saturday of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was accused of shooting Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. He had pleaded not guilty, contending that the shooting was in self-defense because of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

The jurors deliberated 16 hours and 20 minutes over two days before returning their not guilty verdict.

In interviews broadcast on Monday and Tuesday on CNN, Juror B37 said she wanted to convict Zimmerman of "not using his senses," but that "you can't charge him with anything because he didn't do anything unlawful."

She said Zimmerman "started the ball rolling" and could have avoided the situation by staying in his car.

"But he wanted to do good,” she told CNN. “I think he had good in his heart. He just went overboard.”

Asked later whether she thought Zimmerman was within his rights, she was unequivocal: "He was justified in shooting Trayvon Martin."

She also said that the jury initially was split — three and three along the line of guilt, with Juror B37 among those who believed Zimmerman was not guilty from the start.

There was one holdout, the juror said.

"She wanted to find him guilty of something, but couldn't because of the way the law is written,” she said. “He wasn't responsible for negligible things that he had done leading up to that point.
She stressed that she and the other jurors took their responsibility seriously.

"I don't want people to think that we didn't think about this, and we didn't care about Trayvon Martin, because we did,” she told CNN. “We're very sad that it happened to him.”

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