Juror B37, one of the six women who acquitted George Zimmerman over the weekend, said Monday that she believes Trayvon Martin threw the first punch and that the neighborhood watchman feared for his life during the deadly fight in February 2012.
Appearing on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Monday night with her appearance disguised, Juror B37 spoke out for the first time publicly about the trial, the jury's initial reactions, and what led them to acquit Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Martin.
"I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done," she told Cooper. "But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong."
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Juror B37 also said race was never a factor in the jury's deliberations, but did admit that the initial votes were split, with some voting for manslaughter and second-degree murder.
"There was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something and after hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law, and reading it over and over and over again, we decided there's just no way, other place to go," she said.
News broke before the interview that Juror B37 was planning to write a book about her experience on the trial, but she said in a statement Monday that she no longer plans to publish anything.
"Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury," the statement said. "I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to (protect) our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case."
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