Juror believes Zimmerman 'got away with murder'

Interview with GMA's Robin Roberts to air on World News

Author: Jeff Tavss, Executive Producer, Digital & Social Media, jtavss@local10.com
Published On: Jul 25 2013 02:57:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2013 10:38:22 AM EDT
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NEW YORK -

In an interview with ABC News, the lone minority juror that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin says that Zimmerman "got away with murder."

The juror, identified as B29 during the trial, also said that she feels she owes an apology to Martin's parents.

When speaking with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, the juror allowed her face to be shown but only used the first name of Maddy.

"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but 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," Maddy told Roberts. "[But] the law couldn't prove it."

Maddy, a 36-year-old mother of eight children, said "you can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty, but we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence."

Despite the verdict, Maddy says that she had originally intent on convicting Zimmerman of second degree murder, but realized during the second day of deliberations that there wasn't enough proof under Florida law.

"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."

Almost two weeks following the trial's end, Maddy says she feels like she let down Martin's parents and is having trouble sleeping and eating.

"I'm hurting as much Trayvon's Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain," she said.

Thursday night, Martin's mother said she was devastated after hearing the juror's comments.

"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," Sybrina Fulton said in a written statement. "This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child."

Zimmerman has been out of the public eye since the jury found him not guilty of second degree murder on July 13. His parents told ABC News last week that their family has received an "enormous amount of death threats."

He fatally shot Martin in the Sanford, Florida, neighborhood where Zimmerman and Martin's father lived in February 2012. Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, had a confrontation with the unarmed African-American teen after calling police to report a suspicious person, and he said he shot Martin in self-defense.

The case became a flash point in debates over racial profiling, and thousands attended vigils across the country over the weekend, decrying the verdict.

Maddy, who ABC says is Puerto Rican, was the only minority to deliberate in the case. She told ABC that the case was never about race to her.

"I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end," she said, according to ABC.

Juror B29 told ABC that the decision is still weighing heavily on her, and she thinks she owes Martin's parents an apology.

"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 told ABC. "And as I carry him on my back, I'm hurting as much (as) Trayvon Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain."