Friday 26 July 2013

Zimmerman 'got away with murder'

A juror in the trial of neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has said she feels he got away with murder for fatally shooting teenager Trayvon Martin, but that there was not enough evidence at trial to convict him under Florida law.
Mr Zimmerman was acquitted earlier this month of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges over the 2012 death of the unarmed 17-year-old. The Miami teenager was shot dead during a confrontation with Mr Zimmerman. The case spawned heated national debates about racial profiling and the so-called 'stand your ground' self-defence laws in Florida and other states.

Juror B29 told ABC News that she favoured convicting Mr Zimmerman of second-degree murder when the six-member, all-woman jury began its deliberations. "I was the juror that was going to give them a hung jury. I fought to the end," she said.

But by the second day of deliberating, she realised there was not enough proof to convict the 29-year-old neighbourhood watch volunteer of a crime. She said: "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."

Mr Zimmerman was seen publicly for the first time last week when he assisted a family after their vehicle overturned on a Florida highway.

Juror B29 is the second panellist to go public with what went on during deliberations earlier this month. She allowed her face to be shown and used her first name, Maddy, unlike Juror B37, who was interviewed on CNN last week with her face obscured.

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