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Juror B29 Thinks George Zimmerman 'Got Away With Murder'

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Friday, 26 Jul 2013 06:33 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Juror B29 became the second juror in the George Zimmerman trial to speak out, saying she believed the Neighborhood Watch volunteer "got away with murder" when he shot Trayvon Martin, but the prosecution could not prove it during the trial.

Juror B29's interview with ABC News' "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts was first aired in portions on Thursday. Juror B37 was the first Zimmerman juror to speak out when she was interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper last week.

ABC News said the court in Seminole County, Fla., still has a seal on the jurors' identities in place. Unlike Juror B37, Juror B29 allowed her face to be shown, but used only her first name of Maddy in the interview, ABC News said.

"You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty," Maddy told Roberts in the interview. "But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence."

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Zimmerman, 29, told authorities he shot and killed Martin, 17, in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, maintaining he fired in self-defense after the unarmed teenager beat him in a confrontation.

Maddy, 36, a Puerto Rican and the only minority on the six-woman jury, said she did not believe the case was about race but did not want to speak for her fellow jurors, batting away charges that Zimmerman, 29, profiled Martin, 17, because he was black, ABC News said.

Maddy told Roberts that she initially voted to convict Zimmerman of second-degree manslaughter charges but as deliberations went on, realized there wasn't enough proof to convict Zimmerman of murder or manslaughter under Florida law.

Maddy told Roberts she continues to struggle with the Zimmerman verdict and her decision.

"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," Maddy told ABC News. "I feel the verdict was already told."

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said in a statement she was "devastated" by the Maddy's comments but hoped everything can be done "to make sure that this never happens to another child," according to the Orlando Sentinel.

ABC News said Zimmerman' defense attorney Mark O'Mara declined comment until he could see the entire interview.

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