After juror B29 sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News, revealing that she and other members of the jury felt George Zimmerman was guilty for the murder of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old’s mother Sybrina Fulton could not contain her family’s grief.
“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 got away with murder,” Fulton said in a statement. “This new information challenges our nation to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child.”
Juror B29, real name Maddie, spoke out about the Zimmerman verdict with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, claiming that she and other jury members were forced to find him not guilty based on the law.
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” she said. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”
The mother of eight and only minority juror, being of Hispanic descent, said she initially wanted to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder, but was swayed after deliberations because of the defense argument.
“That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” Maddy said. “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.”
At the National Urban League’s annual conference Friday (July 26) in Philadelphia, Fulton asked people to “wrap your mind around what has happened,” according to ABC News.
“No prom for Trayvon. No high school graduation for Trayvon. No college for Trayvon. No grandkids coming from Trayvon,” she said. “All because of a law, a law that has prevented the person who shot and killed my son to be held accountable and to pay for this awful crime.”
She also announced that she and Trayvon’s father started a new foundation in honor of their son. “That’s why Tracy [Martin] 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,” she said.
The news came after Maddie expressed her heartache over the verdict, saying that she feels sympathy for Trayvon’s mother. “It’s hard for me to sleep, it’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death,” she says. “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.”–Nina Marrissa (@NinaMarrissa)
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