*After a woman named “Maddy” – also known as Juror B29 in the George Zimmerman trial – publicly stated that he “got away with murder,” one couldn’t help but wonder what was the reaction of the parents of Trayvon Martin to her comment.
As we reported, Maddy came forward to tell her story to ABC’s Robin Roberts. The full interview is scheduled to air this (Friday) morning on “Good Morning America.”
Again, Maddy told Roberts straight up that Zimmerman “got away with murder” in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but that Florida law, as understood by the jury, made it impossible to convict.
“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said during the interview, for which ABC News aired clips on Thursday. “That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it. But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”
Zimmerman was acquitted on second degree murder and manslaughter charges July 14th.
Maddy, black Hispanic and a nurse’s aide, who moved to Florida from Chicago, said it’s difficult for her to sleep since the not guilty verdict of Zimmerman.
“It’s hard for me to sleep,” she told ABC. “It’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death. And as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” she said.
As new said at the top of the story, we can’t help but wonder how Trayvon’s parents freel about Maddy’s comments. Well, now we know. Sybrina Fulton issued the following statement Thursday night on behalf of herself and Tracy Martin:
It is devastating for my family to hear the comments from juror B29, comments which we already knew in our hearts to be true. That George Zimmerman literally 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. That’s why Tracy and I have launched The Trayvon Martin Foundation to try and take something very painful and negative and turn it into something positive as a legacy to our son.
See Juror B29′s comment below. Watch the full interview this (Friday) morning on “Good Morning America.”