Yesha Callahan

George Zimmerman Juror Says He ‘Got Away With Murder’

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Juror B29 was the only minority juror on the Zimmerman trial and today she spoke to Good Morning America about the case. Juror B29 bluntly stated that Zimmerman “got away with murder” and she owes the Martin family an apology.

“You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” said the woman who was identified only as Juror B29 during the trial. “But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.”

Juror B29, known by only her first name, Maddie, is Puerto Rican,  a nursing assistant and mother of 8 children.

“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,” Maddy said. “[But] the law couldn’t prove it.”


From Good Morning America:

When the jury of six women—five of them mothers—began deliberations, Maddy said she favored convicting Zimmerman of second degree murder, which could have put him in prison for the rest of his life. The jury was also allowed to consider manslaughter, a lesser charge.

“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said.

However, on the second day of deliberations, after spending nine hours discussing the evidence, Maddy said she realized there wasn’t enough proof to convict Zimmerman of murder or manslaughter under Florida law.

Zimmerman concedes he shot and killed Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, but maintains he fired in self-defense.

“That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” Maddy said. “But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”

When asked by Roberts whether the case should have gone to trial, Maddy said, “I don’t think so.”

“I felt like this was a publicity stunt. This whole court service thing to me was publicity,” she said.

As a mother, Maddy said she has had trouble adjusting to life after the verdict, and has wrestled with whether she made the right decision.

“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?'” she said.

“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,” she said. “I feel the verdict was already told.”

Maddy said she has sympathy for Martin’s parents and believes she, too, would continue the crusade for justice if this had happened to her son.

She said she believes she owes Trayvon Martin’s parents an apology because she feels “like I let them down.”

“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 as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” she said.


What do you think about Juror B29’s comments?



  1. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I was not in the jury room so I do not know what happened. I do not know this juror so I cannot even begin to think about what she went through with the other 5 jurors. I can only wish the verdict had been different because it was cold blooded murder and again would never had happened if GZ had stayed in his car.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply

      @Eva Wood

      You know what, this bitch is something else. She claims the word that confused her was “intentional.” Hmm. GZ intentionally stalked Trayvon. He intentionally made himself visible to Trayvon by making the child uncomfortable with his presence of watching him. He intentionally FOLLOWED this child on foot. He intentionally and abrasively confronted this child without even identifying himself. And MOST important, he intentionally had a damn loaded gun on him when he got out of his car to confront Trayvon.

      Now, the second part of this bitch’s interview is really bothering me. On one hand she states it was a publicity stunt and there shouldn’t have been a trial. Okay, so basically she saying that GZ should have never been arrested and no charges should have been brought against him. And on the other hand she feels he is guilty of murder and still she let him off. So, either way GZ is where she wants him to be: Free. GTFOH!

      She claims GZ will have to answer to God. Hahahaha, well guess what sweetheart so do you. If Trayvon Martin was Trayvon Martinez I guaranteed you that would have been a hung fucking jury! Heartless monster. Her and GZ are a match made in hell.

      • July 25, 2013 - Reply


        Unfortunately outdoor font understand the law. everybody knows he’s guilty but the d.a did a loudly job of proving it. in court is all about what you can prove, sad but that’s the reality. I know he would walk because the da didn’t prove that it wasn’t self defense and there witnesses went against what they attempted to prove.

  2. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I’m glad she spoke out. I feel for this woman. Her statements remind me of what happened with a friend of mine who served on a jury years ago. It was a child molestation case involving a teenager and a toddler. She told me that when they got to the deliberation room, they all knew in their BONES that the defendant was guilty. But they had to follow the instructions given to them, and according to the instructions they could not find him guilty based on the evidence presented. It took her a long time to get past that experience.

  3. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    This is the interview I wanted to hear. Not because of my bias, but because the previous juror said three of them voted for manslaughter, and I wanted to know what convinced them to back down. I can understand her internal conflict. I would feel the same in her position. The law is jacked up and the prosecution sucked. I hope she finds peace soon. And I hope she’s joining the chorus asking for change in legislation.

  4. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I could not imagine being on that jury. I respect her for speaking out and showing that all the jurors did not think like that horrible B37.

  5. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Right now I don’t want to hear anything from any of the jurors because in the end they still voted the way they did. I mean they can say anything they won’t to, it won’t change the fact that they all voted “Not Guilty” in the end. I mean all this talk of I should have voted this way or I really felt this way doesn’t matter now. I think it’s funny how juror all of a sudden say they had to vote based on the evidence (which is true) but I pretty sure there has been plenty of cases where people have voted to convicted or free someone based on their emotions and not the evidence. Cases like Trayvon are somehow kept getting these juries that want to do everything by the book.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      So very true. In the end she failed Trayvon just like the rest of them…

  6. July 25, 2013 - Reply


    I really don’t know how to feel about this woman’s admission. I understand she feels guilty but how are Trayvon’s parents supposed to feel about this woman essentially admitting she let a murderer go away?


  7. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I think she is full of shyt and let those white women intimidate her. At the end of the day, regardless of the whacked out laws, piss poor effort of the prosecution team or whatever bs belief of it all being a publicity stunt-TRUE common sense and morality should have won out. Even Objectively there was no reason to believe that F!!# tard was scared for his life while he was supposedly getting his arse beat. The same way he pulled out his gun (which was probably already out), is the same way he could have pushed Trayvon off of him (IF you buy his story, which they clearly did). He was bigger and older and undoubtedly stronger than Trayvon and but for the fact that his fat arse got out of that car, none of it would have happened. Guilt is a useless emotion, shoulda woulda coulda won’t change a thing. She had the opportunity to right a wrong and bring back the balance of karma, instead she contributed to the imbalance. She will have to live with her part in that decision for the rest of her days.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      Wow you are such a racist.

      • July 25, 2013 - Reply


        You sound ignorant as hell.

      • July 25, 2013 - Reply


        @ Monica, your comment has no merit. You sound foolish and empty headed!

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      The law isn’t about rendering a verdict based on what you believe in your heart. It’s abut looking at the evidence so common sense and morality don’t have a place here. The prosecution did a terrible job at presenting the evidence. I understand where she is coming from.

      • July 25, 2013 - Reply


        I AM talking about evidence. The Jurors were misinformed on the law period.

      • July 25, 2013 - Reply


        @TT — Evidence only matters when the perp is white for the most part. Those jurors were racist as hell and went in with preconceived negative perceptions of Trayvon, period. If Trayvon was a 17 year old white boy they surely would have went by their morality and common sense. And denying that won’t make it false.

      • July 25, 2013 - Reply


        TT, that may be the way things are “supposed” to go, but we all know that’s not, in reality, the way things always go.

        If things were supposed to go the way they were, Emmett Till’s killers would’ve been in prison and so many more after him. Just saying.

      • July 26, 2013 - Reply


        Sweetie, I’m a judge and I will tell you that judge’s don’t always follow the law. When people of color are victims or stand to be punished in some way, then our justice system reminds us that we must follow the law. Remember the Nazi soldiers were also following the law when they were ordered to kill the jewish people. After WW2 was over they were unable to use the defense, “but I was just following the law.” The natural law and morality MUST supersede man’s law.

      • July 26, 2013 - Reply


        common sense comes into play with all the holes in zimmerman’s story

  8. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Of course he got away with murder. The 3 jurors (including her) who believed he was guilty LET HIM. They allowed the opposite 3 jurors to persuade their original verdict. If you believe that something is wrong, you stick with your original decision until the end, until you can persuade the other jurors of your own verdict, until there’s a mistrial, SOMETHING.

    She, including two others, gave in too soon.

  9. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    brainwashed, racist, idiot…….

    • July 27, 2013 - Reply


      Leave them those same hispanics really think they are white. pls. as black ppl we fought for hour civil rights, so when ish pop off where it affects them, let them fight for their own rights and stop ride on the back of blacks to get what they want, n when they do they want to turn around and look at black ppl as ish. F them.

  10. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I think these jurors should stop doing interviews and fade into the obscurity from which they came. You feel like you did the wrong thing and feel for the Martins yet you let a man get away with murder? Yeah okay. Only thing I want to know is how much did her and the other juror get paid for their interview. If she REALLY felt anything at all she’d shut her mouth and stop contributing further to what she believes was a publicity stunt.

  11. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Ain’t that some sh*t.
    I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that GZ was able to shoot an unarmed person, is questioned by the police for a few hours and then is released. I wonder what-in the-h*ll did GZ say to the police officers that was so convincing. Maybe it is because I watch the ‘ID Discovery’ channel too much because in that type of situation….

  12. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    well at least she showed her face…but that whole we were given a booklet and according to that booklet we had no choice but to find him non guilty is a cop put. You have a choice thats why the case went to the jury. Also you didn’t have to accept zimmerman’s version of the story, which was the basis for the self defense claim. You throw away his story and the fact that he followed trayvon with a loaded gun means he intentionally killed him. In other words, the law tied your hands, but all the holes in zimmerman’s story frees you to do the right thing. But I have to give it to her, at least she is brave enough to show her face and apologize to the family.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      THANK YOU.

  13. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Why would you say that? I felt like she spoke from the heart. A lot of discussion after the trial has proved that they could vote no other way. It was, as Maddie said, “the verdict was already told.”

    Cassie Anthony also got off from a torturous sentence but I don’t see us name-calling the jurors that voted on the verdict…

    Black people need to stop looking for someone to blame and take action if they truly felt touched by this case.

    Maddie was sympathetic and even issued an APOLOGY to the Martins. What more do you want from this woman, a mother of EIGHT children, who said she felt the heartache at being dragged into the wrongful death of Trayvon?

    Stop being a cyber bully and stand up for what you believe in. Throwing around disparaging comments behind a keyboard will not fix this situation.

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      • July 26, 2013 - Reply

        @Very disappointed reader

        who cares about u being disappointed. Our duty in life is not about making you happy. a child lost their life. now if i was making you breakfast then i would care about your happiness. but this is a murder case, a murder that has nothing to do with u so living up to your expectations are unimportant

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      This was not suppose to be a thumbs down. Apologies.

    • July 26, 2013 - Reply


      first of all, I have never seen a member of case anthony’s jury on tv. People have criticized them as a group, but let one of them do an interview and defend that horrible decision you will see people pick their words apart.–comparing the faceless public reactions in two different situations is the weakest argument ever. you have no way of knowing what anonymous posters felt, wrote, or said about the anthony case. you can’t assign a reaction to the anthony case to me then criticize me for that reaction.

      as part of the jury, she is to be blamed for her decision. and when you do an interview defending your decision, you’re putting yourself out there for discussion.

      her apology is a gesture, its not worth anything especially after she said zimmerman is guilty and got away with murder.

      cyber bullying is talking about someone’s hair or clothes. or one little girl telling another little girl ‘you better not come to school tomorrow because I’m waiting for you’. cyber bullying is not people discussing the questionable statements that this woman made. no one has threatened her, no one is making personal attacks on her. is it cyberbullying when we criticize rush limbaugh or the president or anyone else who voices their opinion, opinions that carry so much weight?

      she knew her opinion was controversial, thats why it took her so long to come out. but she came out, in the light of day, showed her face, and explained her actions. she is a big girl and can take the criticism. she doesn’t need you trying to protect her.

  14. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    @LMO85 I agree with your whole comment and @Snob she and the others did give in soon, they only deliberated for 16 hours. It seemed like the second day they just wanted to go home like most juries so in order for that to happen one side had to give in and unfortunately it was the “guilty” people.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      Agreed. If she was so conflicted with her feelings she could have let that jury hang. B.S.–she was too scared to stand in her convictions and to ready to go, just like the other two.

  15. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    What Juror B29 says about the trial being a spectacle is right on target I think. News analysts pointed out that oftentimes in situation like the Trayvon Martin case with a lead prosecutor who has been elected by a conservative constituency (Angela Corey), they State will bring racially-charged cases to trial to appease the masses marching for social justice and deliberately over-charge them with a crime that is hard to prove.

    In that way the State can talk out of both sides of their mouth to satisfy us, people of color and allies agitating for justice (“look see we put him on trial AND we gave him a really, really severe charge!”) and their conservative electorate (“yeah we put him on trial but we gave him second-degree murder, there’s no way the other side can prove that, so don’t worry, your boy is good”).

    I think that’s why Juror B29 said she felt like the case was a spectacle.

    It’s likely the prosecution did not handle the case to the full extent of their ability. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey (the lead prosecutor w/ a conservative electorate) is known for being a bulldog in the courtroom. But strangely she sat this case out and let the lackluster (no shade though) De la Rionda take the lead.

    You or me could have prosecuted that case with more passion, agility and authenticity than De La Rionda, law degree or no.

    Some how, some way we’ll get justice for Trayvon.

    It gave me chills though when she said that she carries Trayvon on her back.

  16. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I’m sorry, but where in this booklet were you not asked to use some common sense? If a man is basically laying on his back which is where his gun is located, how does he get it from under himself if another person is stradling him and that person’s knees are up under his arms?? This man (Mr. Z) had to be LYING about how he got the gun out in order to even shoot Trayvon, who was allegedly on top of him. This lie is a cover up of what really occurred that night. To me, self defense goes out the window once I become aware of this fact. I’m going to find you guilty of something.

    Also, the point where GZ was clocked by Trayvon was all the way on one end of the towhouse row. The point where Trayvon was shot was all the way towards the middle (several feet away). There was a tussle that occurred that wasn’t all “Trayvon stradling GZ”. They were fighting. Struggling. Over something. Perhaps b/c GZ had tried to put his hands on him first and Trayvon punched to defend HIMSELF. All time unaccounted for. Plenty of reason to me to doubt your story. Find you guilty of something.

    I don’t buy this woman’s crock of shit. Her fatigue mattered to her more than justice for a slain teenaged boy who was just minding his business. I don’t give a rats ass whether or not she showed her face. What she showed was that she is a fake opportunist who wanted to be seen as the “noble juror” compared to that other chick on Anderson 360 who had the book deal. F*ck dat. I’d be willing to bet Ms. Fulton and Mr. Martin are not impressed……

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      you know what i think she was coerced by the group or persuaded by others or someone threaten her life? even when standing alone, still stand, she did not want a “hung jury”….

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      Thank you, that is what I am saying, even with a fake prosecution putting in minimal effort, you could objectively look at the facts and the various lies the defendant told to give you some doubts about his story, period. point blank. At minimum, Manslaughter should have been the verdict.

  17. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Stand Your Ground law needs to be repealed.

  18. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    On any normal day, I might say that this b**** can go eat a d***.

    I might also say that she should feel lucky to have 8 kids; that way if one of them is “Zimmermanned”, she’s still got 7 to fall back on.

    Today’s a normal day.

    Oh was that too insensitive?

  19. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    She can go to h3ll. I’m not here for anything any of these jurors have to say.

  20. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    You know, I agree with every portion of your comment except the “chills” part. I do think that, after taking 40-some-odd days and massive amounts of national scrutiny to bring the dude up on charges, he was never going to get convicted. As soon as I heard the second degree murder charge, I knew he was going to walk unless someone on the jury had some sense and some backbone.

    In that respect, she could have just held out. She could have just simply stated that she held no doubt in her mind that he did it. She was on a jury to help interpret and carry out the law in a case, not read from a pamphlet and play follow the leader. That’s what we have a common law system for.

    To be honest, I’m more than a bit in my emotions about this case. I’m so angry. Everyone is talking about Black and White and how Trayvon was a “dope-smoking such-and-such”… but everyone misses the fact that he was a kid walking home from the store who was shot and killed.

    Somehow people have become so cold and horrible to one another that a White mother can look at the grief and torment that Trayvon’s mother is going through and not sympathize as a fellow mother, or even as a fellow human being. A White father can look at Trayvon’s dad, a man who just lost his son, and say, “Your kid deserved it for being unarmed and threateningly dark.” What is wrong with people?

    So frankly, I don’t give a damn what Maddy, B37, or any of these other jurors have to say. She’s got some nerve talking about how Zimmerman “can’t run from God”. I want to ask so badly, “And exactly what do you plan to say when you get to the Pearly Gates?”

    I’m 23. This is the first real time that I’ve been aware and informed through a galvanizing racial event such as this. I feel that, if Zimmerman were convicted, it would have said so much about America and how we, as a whole, want to proceed with racial relations. The fact that he was found innocent only lets me know that we will never get where we need to be in this country. Never.

    The prospect of having kids in this racial environment makes me shudder. I just don’t get it, and I don’t think I ever will.

  21. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I just pray to baby Jesus that she trips down several flights of stairs with her hands in her pockets.

  22. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    GZ didn’t ‘get away’, the jury LET HIM OFF.

    that is a decision they made on their own. they will have to answer for that decision.
    they let a child murderer walk free. they will be judged.

    if you believe there is a judgement day they will get theirs.

  23. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    That’s it: no more jurors are allowed to talk to the media. I don’t wanna be influenced by a guilt trip.

  24. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    I still dont get the self defense part. This idiot pursued Trayvon Martin! He went after him and still it’s self defense!! Unbelievable!!

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      as an older person i can tell you that is the way it used to be back in the jim crow era. the situation was always twisted so that the white person was right. always

      i guess you younger people are not used to this.

      i think a lot of young black people thought it was ‘post racial’ and old people were nuts. now you know.

      the one good thing is that some black people are waking up.

  25. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    She didn’t actually find that there wasn’t enough proof to convict Zimmerman – she just got worn down by the other jurors and convinced out of what she thought to be true in the first place.

  26. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    This woman stated “you can’t get away from God”, and she’s right– that’s why she can’t sleep and can’t eat. She should have stood her ground and stood up for what’s right. How dare she compare her guilt to this murdered boy’s mother’s pain? She doesn’t have my sympathy or understanding. Shame on her for trying to justify allowing this murderer to go free, shame on her.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply

      @Natalie B.

      You’re right, because she’s basically trying to absolve her guilt. She should just go away because she did what she did and there is no excuse.

  27. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Glad that she showed her face unlike the other juror who spoke out. I know it is probably hard to speak out when so many people are still hurt and upset at the verdict. My thoughts are that she is now very conflicted with her decision. She can’t admit she made a wrong decision fully, but clearly is admitting she knows Zimmerman is a murderer. I believe she was bullied/persuaded to change her vote and that’s why she sounds very indecisive about her decision. She could have made it a hung jury if she was strong in her convictions.

    As someone brought up, people have been put away in jail for less evidence than what was in this case. I am not saying people should be put in jail based on no evidence, but I kind of am wary about these jurors protesting so much about there was no evidence to convict Zimmerman even though evidence provided did not always correspond with Zimmerman’s story.

  28. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Does anyone else find it odd they picked an ALL female jury (of all white females and one Hispanic) for such a high profile case already under so much scrutiny? I’m a female, and don’t even agree with an all female jury/ I feel there were so many things that happened strategically behind the scenes (jury selection, picking a witness to discuss that black men had robbed her home, the prosecutors not being as aggressive as they could have to prove their case, choosing 2nd degree murder instead of manslaughter, etc.) that unfortunately we will never know the outcome if things had been done differently.

  29. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    it’s a little late in the game, lady 🙁 this whole situation is SHAMEFUL, & this woman is a sheep!

  30. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    you had the chance to convict a man who murdered an innocent 17 year old boy & you chose to accept his phony story & let him go free. What more do you have to say? how would you have felt if one of your 8 kids had been killed & the murderer had been set free? please go away & let’s not hear one word from you again.

  31. July 25, 2013 - Reply


    Why couldn’t they have said all this before the trial ended???

    Because they’re sucking up (and that’s putting it way too nicely), and it’s sickening.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      I’m guessing/hoping that you don’t know that jurors are not allowed to speak to the media or even to friends and family about a case while they are on a jury duty. After the case has been ruled they are then free to speak.

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  33. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    The trial was over as soon as there was no black folks in the box.. Same thing happened to rodney king when he took a world class beat down on camera and the cops where found not guilty. Nothing else matters when the people that decide your fate think more of pets than they do of black people.. Thats the bottom line!! Lets stop acting like anything else played a role in this sillyness

    • July 26, 2013 - Reply


      This woman is Black. She is a Black Puerto Rican, not a native Black from the continental US (Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States).

      • July 26, 2013 - Reply


        And isnt it a coincidence she is the only on that wanted 2nd degree murder?

  34. July 25, 2013 - Reply

    Puerto Rican is not a race. This woman is obviously of African extraction, which is even more of a let-down and disgrace!

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      Folks always say how we follow the “one-drop rule” in America, yet everyone is calling her “Hispanic” in a society that claims Mariah Carey is “Black.”

      So confusing.

    • July 26, 2013 - Reply


      Omg, I was thinking the same thing; because any true black person would’ve not caved…..smh

  35. July 26, 2013 - Reply

    She looks black to me. Why was it ambiguous if she was black? I don’t care if she was born and raised in Bogota, she is a black woman. That said, she is full of it. Enough evidence to find that man guilty but no one humanized Trayvon. Karma. All of them will have to deal with it as well as GZ that pedophile creep.

  36. July 26, 2013 - Reply

    At the end of the day she willingly made a decision to go against her conviction and she will have to live with that for the rest of her life. GZ changed the game the moment he stepped out of his car. Everything she’s saying now … is all after the fact and does very little but to throw salt in a fresh wound.

  37. July 26, 2013 - Reply

    I worked for a federal judge as an extern while in law school and wrote and decided many of the judge’s decisions. Before I’d write a tentative rule, I would meet with the judge in chambers and would talk about the case from a practical NOT a legal standpoint. Of course, if the right thing to do was consistent with the law, we’d follow the law. If the right thing to do, however, was not consistent with the law then morality would win out and I’d find the law to justify our decisions. Sometimes what is moral MUST win out over what is legal. This woman should have stood her ground and done the moral thing and found GZ guilty of murder.

    • July 26, 2013 - Reply


      he’s guilty under the law too, not just morally. no one told them that they had to believe his story. plus the manslaughter instructions said ‘negligent actions that caused the death of another’, following trayvon with a loaded gun and confronting him.

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