In part two of an exclusive CNN interview on Tuesday, a juror in the George Zimmerman trial said that she was “101 percent” sure that Zimmerman did nothing wrong when he shot Trayvon Martin, saying it was clear he feared for his life.
The woman known as Juror B37 told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Zimmerman made some poor decisions leading up to the shooting, but also that Martin “contributed” to his death with his actions.
“I wanted to find him guilty of not using his senses, but you can’t fault anybody,” she said. “You can’t charge him with anything because he didn’t do anything unlawful.”
The juror said she and other jurors were put in a tough spot because Zimmerman “started the ball rolling” that night and should have stayed in his car.
But as far as Zimmerman shooting Martin, the juror was unequivocal that he was “justified in shooting Trayvon Martin.”
“We can’t give them the verdict that they wanted,” she said, her voice dripping with emotion.
Responding to the Justice Department’s decision to pursue civil rights charges, the juror said she didn’t believe Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights.
“I don’t think race had anything to do with this trial…but I think people are looking for things to make race a part of this trial,” she added.
She added she hopes Zimmerman and his family will somehow be able to move on.
“I hope he gets some peace. I hope his family can live a normal life after a while. I don’t know how he’s ever gonna do that, but I hope he can. He’ll never forget, but I hope he can,” the juror said.