The only minority juror in the George Zimmerman trial spoke about the verdict in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” on Thursday. On July 13, 2013, a jury of six women in Sanford, Florida found Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was not armed. Martin was shot during an altercation with Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch captain, on the night of Feb. 26, 2012 in a gated community. During 16 hours of deliberation, Juror B-29, “Maddy” for security reasons, voted to convict Zimmerman of second degree murder, while 2 voted for manslaugher and 3 voted for acquittal. Maddy said it was a difficult decision to let Zimmerman go free. Maddy said she had to put aside her heart and emotion and look at the evidence. After the verdict, Maddy experienced regret and pain. She said she felt “forcibly included in Martin’s death.”
“I felt I let Trayvon Martin down,” she told Roberts.
“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God,” said Maddy.
“At the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions to answer….If he has to pay, he will,” said Maddy.
“I stand by my decision because of the law, but in our hearts, we felt he’s guilty,” said Maddy.
Maddy, Juror B-29 is the second juror to come forward to talk about how the jury reached its verdict.
To view the rebroadcast on “Nightline,” go to http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/george-zimmerman
or go to Tampa Bay Times.