“We had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence,” said the woman identified as Juror B29 or Maddy. “You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty.”
The 36-year-old mother, who is Puerto Rican, told “Good Morning America” that in her eyes, George “got away with murder.”
Though it seems unlikely George will spend any more time in jail for the fatal shooting of the unarmed teen, Maddy said justice will eventually be served.
“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,” said Maddy who felt the evidence just did not support the charges against George.
“I fought to the end,” said Maddy who feared a hung jury would result if she did not vote with her five fellow jurors.
Maddy said she felt like she let a lot of people down by not convincing the other women on the jury to see things her way and find George guilty.
“As the law read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty,” said Maddy. “As much as we were trying to find this man guilty…they give you a booklet that basically tells you the truth, and the truth is that there was nothing that we could do about it.”
Although the trial is over for many involved, Maddy said she’s still haunted by the apparent injustice.
“It’s hard for me to sleep. It’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death, and as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting,” she said. “There’s no way that any mother should feel that pain.”
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