NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One of the jurors from the George Zimmerman trial has broken her silence.
On Monday, juror B-37 explained what went on in that jury room, including how they determined Zimmerman was not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported.
The juror, who did not want to be identified, told CNN that both Zimmerman’s and Martin’s actions led to the deadly shooting last year.
“I think George got in a little too deep, which he shouldn’t have been there. But Trayvon decided that he was going to let him scare him and get the over up on him or something and I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him,” the juror said.
The six-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, back in the spring of 2012.
The juror said they believed Martin was the aggressor.
When asked if she thought Martin threw the first punch, the juror said, “I think he did.”
The woman also said Zimmerman had a right to protect himself.
“I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods,” the juror said. “I think he’s guilty of not using good judgment. When he was in the car and he called 911, he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car.
The Justice Department is now looking into the case to see if Martin’s civil rights were violated.
“I want to assure you that the department will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Zimmerman is now free man and is free to carry a gun once again in the state of Florida.
They juror also said others on the jury wanted to find Zimmerman guilty of something, but there was just no place to go based on the law. She said jurors cried when they gave their final vote to the bailiff.
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