Juror B37, the unamed, but first juror to speak publicly about the George Zimmerman court case, shared her train of thought about Trayvon Martin’s death on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Monday night, July 15, 2013.
Known nationwide as Juror B37, this woman sat in shadows as she spoke with Cooper about Zimmerman’s actions on the night Martin was killed. Juror B37 said:
“I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done.” She continued with, “But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong.”
Juror B37 said that if Zimmerman was guilty of anything, “he was guilty of not using good judgment.” She also said that he called 911 from the car and he should not have gotten out of the car.
This well spoken juror conveyed that she thinks that Zimmerman got in way over his head and she believes he shouldn’t have been there, but she also believes Martin threw the first punch. She said she thinks Martin wasn’t going to let Zimmerman think he could scare him and she “thinks Trayvon got mad and attacked him.”
It was apparent to Juror B37 that it was Zimmerman’s voice heard on the tape screaming for help because he felt his life was in danger. This was before he shot Martin. The juror said:
“He had a right to defend himself,” she 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 initial vote was divided, Juror B37 shared with Cooper. At first three of the jurors voted Zimmerman was guilty and the other three jurors voted that Zimmerman was not- guilty. Juror B37 said that she was one of the people on the jury that believed he was not guilty from the get go.
“There was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something and after hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law, and reading it over and over and over again, we decided there’s just no way, other place to go.” she said.
It sounds as if the jury gave it more than their all, especially if a “couple of jurors” wanted to find him guilty of something. They read the laws that govern the charges and they just couldn’t make one stick under the circumstances. This is why Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.
It wasn’t the color of Trayvon’s skin that made Zimmerman suspicious, it was the way Trayvon was acting. She does not believe that Zimmerman profiled Trayvon. She went on to say how Trayvon’s actions looked suspicious to George:
“Anybody would think anybody walking down the road, stopping and turning and looking — if that’s exactly what happened — is suspicious,” she said.
“I think all of us thought race did not play a role,” the juror said . “We never had that discussion.”
There you have it, the race discussion never came up because the six jurors didn’t believe that was an issue in this case. Juror B37, who was planning to write a book about this experience, sounded as if she started to cry towards the end of the interview as her voice cracked when she said:
“It’s a tragedy this happened. But it happened, And I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away. It just didn’t happen.”
Just hours after the interview was over, Jury B36 literary agent, Sharlene Martin, released a statement from Juror B37 saying she would no longer write a book.