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She says he got away with murder

Juror B-29 had a lot of trouble with letting George Zimmerman off the hook. She told ABC's Robin Roberts she held out for second degree murder. (ABC News Photo)

Another juror from the George Zimmerman trial has spoken. She’s Juror B-29, first name Maddy, a mother of eight children, of Puerto Rican descent.

During jury selection, she said she never watched the news, and all she knew about Trayvon Martin was that he was a kid who was killed. And having just moved from Chicago, that just wasn’t unusual to her. And the defense attorney asked her, “Do you feel you could very well find, at the end of this case, that George Zimmerman is not guilty? Do you think you would have any trouble with that?”

“I would not have any trouble with that,” she replied.

But as it turned out, she had a lot of trouble with that. She told ABC’s Robin Roberts she held out for second degree murder.

“I fought til the end. It’s hard for me to sleep. It’s hard for me to eat. I’m hurting as much as Trayvon Martin’s mom is,” she said.

She said she wanted to find a way to convict Zimmerman, but Florida law gave her no choice.

“I stand by the decision because of the law,” Maddy said. “If I stand by the decision because of my heart, he would have been guilty.”

Compare that to the only other juror to speak out: juror B-37. She voted not guilty from the start. “I think George got in a little bit too deep, which he shouldn’t have been there. But Trayvon got mad and attacked him.”

Juror B-37 voted not guilty because she sincerely felt Martin gave Zimmerman a good reason to defend himself.
Juror B-29 voted not guilty because she felt forced to accept that in Florida, the law sometimes requires that murderers to go free.

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