ABC’s Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts interviewed Juror B29. She allowed her face to be shown and used her first name, Maddy. Unlike Juror B37 (the first juror to publicly speak out after the verdict) who interviewed with CNN’s Anderson Cooper with her face obscured.
Maddy was the only minority juror on the trial. The 36-year-old mother of eight works full-time as a certified nurse’s aide. She’s of Puerto Rican decent. She lived in Chicago and moved to Florida just a few months before the jury was selected. She claims that she came forward not because she wants a book deal or money. All she wanted was a platform to tell her story. Yet she had a platform to change the fate of George Zimmerman and wasted the opportunity.
Juror B29 told Robin Roberts that she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when deliberations began by the six-member, all-women jury. The other votes were: three not guilty verdicts and two manslaughter verdicts. The six women jurors supposedly all “cried” when they began deliberations.
As I watched the interview I couldn’t help but wonder why they cried? Because of Trayvon’s injustice? Because of the fact that they knew they were going to let a killer go free?
‘‘I was the juror that was going to give them a hung jury,’’ she said. ‘‘I fought to the end.’’
Robin Roberts asked “Maddy” if she felt bullied in the deliberations and she replied, “I don’t know if I was bullied. I trust God that I wasn’t bullied.” Okay you’re a grown woman and you don’t know if you’re being bullied? Maddy stated that she felt her voice was heard because she was the loudest.
But by the second day of deliberating, she realized there wasn’t enough proof to convict the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer of a crime. The jurors could not prove that Zimmerman intentionally killed Trayvon although the evidence showed he was guilty. The juror said the actions of Zimmerman and Martin both led to the teenager’s fatal shooting, but that Zimmerman didn’t actually break the law. Maddy stands by the decision of the jurors because of the law.
B29 said she couldn’t speak for her fellow jurors on the race issue. The other women on the jury were white.
Maddy said she feels like she owes Martin’s parents an apology. She let them down and that the jurors couldn’t prove anything. She wants Trayvon’s mom to know that no mother should have to feel that kind of pain. She’s hurting as well. And if she thinks that no one cared about her son, she does. She has eight children of her own. It could have easily been her child.
When asked by Robin if she had any regrets Maddy replied. “‘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. ‘‘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.’’
Robin stated that people will say that George Zimmerman got away with murder. Maddy replied “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. The law couldn’t prove it. We just have to believe in the Lord that he’s — if he’s asked to pay, he will pay. “
Maddy says that Trayvon will always be in her heart and for the parents that time will heal all hurt. She’s praying for peace for the Martin family and everyone in this country.
I believe that she will have many sleepless nights pondering the fact that if she had the guts to stand up when it counted, justice possibly could have been served. She will have to live with that for the rest of her life.
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