Six women from Seminole County, Florida, served on the jury in the George Zimmerman trial, but only one of them has not yet commented on the case.
Late Saturday, Zimmerman was found not guilty on all charges relating to Trayvon Martin’s death, and since the verdict, people have been clamoring to find out what caused the jury to acquit the former neighborhood watch captain.
The woman known as Juror B37 in the trial spoke out on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Tuesday night.
“He had a right to defend himself,” B37 said. “If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him, or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right.”
The interview did not go unnoticed by four other jury members. Late Tuesday night, they released a statement saying B37 did not speak for them.
The names of the jurors are still under court seal, but the only remaining silent juror is known as B29, who did not sign the other jurors’ statement regarding B37 and has not spoken to the media.
Here is what we do know about B29:
- Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda referred to her as “Black or Hispanic” during jury selection. All the other jurors appeared to be White.
- She speaks with a slight accent.
- She moved to Florida from Chicago.
- She has eight children and works at a nursing home.
- Her oldest child is 20 years old, and her other children are minors.
- She says her family keeps her busy.
- She has been married for 10 years.
- The Zimmerman case was the first time she was summoned for jury duty.
There is no word yet as to why B29 did not sign the statement released by the other four jurors.
Graham Winch | HLNtv.com