In an exclusive interview with ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, juror B-29 said Zimmerman “got away with murder,” and she apologized to the Martin family for voting to acquit him. Maddy was the only person of color on the all-female jury.
The publicity-seeking juror used her first name, “Maddy,” because she said she fears for her safety. Maddy, who is Puerto Rican, said the case was never about race to her. She said the jury followed the instructions given to them by the judge citing Florida law. She seemed to confirm the consensus of many that the prosecution did a poor job presenting the evidence. The evidence, she said, did not prove murder.
“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. “[But] the law couldn’t prove it.”
The 36-year-old nursing assistant is a mother of eight children.
Maddy said she intended to vote for a conviction in the 2nd degree murder trial. “I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said.
Maddy said she didn’t think the case should have gone to the jury. “I felt like this was a publicity stunt. This whole court service thing to me was publicity,” she said.
She said she struggled with the verdict after the case was over. “I felt like I let a lot of people down, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Did I go the right way? Did I go the wrong way?’” she said.