Robin Roberts’ exclusive interview with Juror B29 continued Friday, July 26 on ABC’s Good Morning America. “I carry him on my back … I’m hurting as much as Trayvon Martin’s mom is … [she paused, shaking her head, catching her breath] cause there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” Juror B29 told Robin. Juror B29 — Maddy — is a 36-year-old wife, mother of eight, and of Puerto Rican descent. Along with her lawyer, David Chico, she sat down with the GMA anchor to share how difficult it had been to come to the “not guilty” verdict during the 16-hour deliberations on George Zimmerman’s fate in the Sanford, FL jury room.
Maddy wanted to tell her story, “not in shadow; not in disguise.” She works fulltime as a certified nurse’s aide.
She lived in Chicago, moving to Florida just a few months before the jury for the Zimmerman trial was selected. Maddy wanted to let America know “what it was like to sit on that jury.”
Roberts asked, “Did you feel a little — for lack of a better word — bullied in the deliberations?” Maddy replied, “I don’t know if I was bullied. I trust … God that I wasn’t bullied, but … a lot … My voice was heard. I was the loudest. Yeah. That’s for sure.”
Robin continued, “You’re a mother, as you said. You have children that were Trayvon’s age. What would your reaction have been … your son going to the store, getting candy … and ice tea, going home, an altercation happens, and your son is killed?” Maddy responds, “I feel I was forcibly included in Trayvon Martin’s death.”
Roberts recapped, “You said earlier that you were the juror that could have made it a hung jury. Do you have any regrets that you didn’t? Maddy [with sad face, a slight motion of her head to indicate agreement, and downturned mouth] answered, “Unh. I want Trayvon’s mom to know that I’m hurting. And, that if she thought that nobody cared about her son … I can speak for myself … I do care. I couldn’t do anything about it. And, I felt like I let a lot of people down. And, I’m thinking to myself, ‘Did I go the right way? Did I go the wrong way?’ I know I went the right way because by the law … and the way it was followed … is the way I went. But, if I would have used my heart … I probably would have went … a hung jury. And, believe it with all my heart because I do … I do have kids.”
Robin said, “You wanted to come forward. You haven’t asked for money, you haven’t asked for a book deal, you haven’t asked for anything other than a forum to be able to tell your story.” Maddy replied, “I don’t need money. I think, time is healing … but, Trayvon Martin will always be in my heart.”
Robin concluded, “Some people have said, ‘George Zimmerman got away with murder.’ How do you respond to those people who say that?” Thoughtfully, the 36-year-old woman who has described herself as a black Hispanic admitted, “George Zimmerman … that’s … George Zimmerman got away with murder … [bitter smile] 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.
“The law couldn’t prove it. We just have to … to believe in the Lord that … he’s — if he’s asked to pay — he … he will pay.”
Robin’s final question to Maddy — Juror B29 —“What would you like to say to Trayvon’s parents?” She responded, “I would like to apologize … because, I feel like I let them down. We just … couldn’t prove anything. And, I wish them the best … and that God blesses them through all this. And, peace.”
Maddy had not initially intended to say anything until Juror B37 granted an exclusive interview to Anderson Cooper on CNN’s AC360 just two days after the verdict. Four other jurors felt the same way, distancing themselves by signing a statement saying that Juror B37’s comments did not accurately reflect their feelings. Maddy also wanted it known that race was not discussed in the deliberations, although Juror B37 had insinuated that it did have an influence upon their verdict.