A juror from the George Zimmerman trial recently sat down with ABC’s Robin Roberts for an interview.
In the interview, which will air tonight and tomorrow morning on ABC, the juror said that while she believes Zimmerman was guilty of murder, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him.
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” the juror, who goes by Maddy, said. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at evidence.
“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you 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," she continued. "But the law couldn't prove it."
Maddy said that at the start of the trial she was in favor of convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder, but after countless hours of deliberation, she came to realize that there simply wasn’t enough evidence to convict Zimmerman 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.”
Maddy said that she was resilient to change her mind – “I was the juror that was going to give them a hung jury. I fought until the end,” she said – but that she ultimately believed the law called for an acquittal.
On another interesting note, Maddy said that she feels the whole trial was a publicity stunt. When asked if the case should have gone to trial, she replied “I don’t think so.”
“I felt like this was a publicity stunt. This whole court service thing to me was publicity," she said.
Although she voted to acquit Zimmerman, Maddy says she still feels incredibly torn over the verdict. She told Roberts that she feels she owes Martin’s parents an apology because she “let them down.”
“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. And as I carry him on my back, I'm hurting as much [as] Trayvon's Martin's mother because there's no way that any mother should feel that pain.”
The interview will air in segments on ABC tonight, and will be shown in its entirety on Good Morning America tomorrow.