The sole minority member of the jury that acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin said she believes he “got away with murder.”
In an interview with ABC News set to air Thursday, the woman, known only as “Maddy,” said everyone on the all-female jury felt Zimmerman was guilty, but that the evidence didn’t let them convict him.
“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” Maddy said. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”
It’s the first time a member of the six-person jury has allowed their face to be shown publicly since the trial, though Maddy, who is 36 and Puerto Rican, would not be identified by her full name.
She revealed that she wanted to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder, and “fought to the end” before finally voting to acquit.
“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said.
But on the second day of deliberations, she said, she realized there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder or of manslaughter, which the jury was also allowed to consider.
“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,” Maddy said. “[But] the law couldn’t prove it.”
ABC’s interview will air Thursday evening and Friday morning.