The second juror from the George Zimmerman trial to speak publicly told
ABC's Robin Roberts on Thursday that she thought Zimmerman was guilty and that
he "got away with murder."
Juror B-29, the sole minority juror, said she initially voted to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder because "the evidence shows he's guilty."
After about 16 hours of deliberation, she joined the five other women on the jury and acquitted him of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Roberts asked whether she regretted not holding out.
"Kind of. I mean, I'm the only minority, and I feel like I let a lot of people down." the juror replied in the first portion of the interview on "World News With Diane Sawyer."
The juror, whom ABC identified only as "Maddy," also told Roberts she has trouble eating and sleeping because of the verdict, which was reached on July 13.
In a statement, Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said the juror's comments were "devastating" because they validated what her family believes: that Zimmerman got away with murder.
"This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child," Fulton wrote.
Later on ABC's Nightline, Zimmerman's parents, Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, apologized.
"We are deeply sorry for this tragedy," Gladys Zimmerman said as her husband sat beside her.
Maddy, too, said she wants to apologize -- to Trayvon's parents -- because "I feel like I let 'em down."
The acquittal sparked nationwide protests and cries for Florida to overturn its "stand your ground" law. Demonstrators argued that Zimmerman, whose mother is Hispanic, followed and profiled Trayvon, who was black, after a Sanford police dispatcher told him he did not need to do so.
Maddy said she fell to her knees, screamed and cried after she heard the negative reaction to the verdict.
"And I kept saying to myself, 'I feel like I killed him [Trayvon]," she said.
Maddy told court officials during jury selection that she is a certified nursing assistant in an Alzheimer's ward. She's 36 years old, Puerto Rican, married and has several children.
She lived in Chicago on Feb. 26, 2012 when Zimmerman, now 29, shot and killed Trayvon as he walked through Zimmerman's gated neighborhood in Sanford.
Zimmerman's attorneys argued that he acted in self-defense after Trayvon beat him.
During Thursday's interview, Maddy said she felt she "was forcibly included in Trayvon Martin's death. And I carry him on my back."
"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can't get away from God," she said. "And at the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with."
In portions of the interview released prior to airtime, Maddy, said she didn't think the case should have gone to trial.
"I felt like this was a publicity stunt," she told Roberts. "This whole court service thing to me was publicity."
On the second day of deliberations, Maddy said, she realized there wasn't enough evidence to convict Zimmerman. The jurors could not convict unless they had proof that Zimmerman killed Trayvon intentionally, she said.
"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."
The full interview will air today on "Good Morning America," which starts at 7 a.m.
In response to the interview, attorney Ben Crump, who represents Trayvon's parents, told the Orlando Sentinel: "If members of the jury thought the instructions were confusing, which caused them to give the wrong verdict, then they should join the efforts to amend these 'stand your ground' laws."
Maddy is represented by Celebration attorney David Chico, whose practice includes criminal defense, family law and personal injury. Attempts to reach him Thursday were unsuccessful. He sat next to Maddy during her interview.
The first juror to talk to the media was identified only as B-37. She appeared in shadow when she spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper last week.
B-37 told Cooper she thought Zimmerman was guilty of bad judgment but not manslaughter or murder. The juror said Zimmerman should have stayed in his sport utility vehicle after reporting Trayvon to police.
But she also said she thought Zimmerman was afraid for his life during the fight with the teen and had a right to protect himself.
Soon after that interview, four jurors in the Zimmerman trial issued a statement saying that B-37 did not speak for them. B-29 was not among them.
"We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives," the jurors wrote.
The jurors' names have not been revealed. Contrary to normal practice, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson allowed them to remain anonymous after the verdict because of the publicity surrounding the case.
Zimmerman's defense attorneys have asked Nelson to extend that anonymity for six months, while lawyers representing media outlets argue that the names should be released immediately.
Staff writer Jeff Weiner contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-420-5735. email@example.com or 407-420-5756or firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-540-5981
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