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article imageZimmerman juror tells Anderson Cooper jury's first vote was split

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 16, 2013 in Crime
A member of the six-woman jury in George Zimmerman's trial, juror B-37, told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday that the decision to acquit Zimmerman almost didn't happen. She said that when they first voted they were split.
The initial vote was taken Friday after they'd adjourned to deliberate following the trial's conclusion the day before and it saw three voting not guilty of either of two charges, two voting guilty of manslaughter and one voting for a second-degree murder conviction.
Juror B-37: wide range of trial subjects
The juror who spoke with Cooper, the first of the jurors to speak to the media, had her face blacked out during the interview to prevent her being identified. She talked freely on a wide range of subjects relating to the trial, even saying she considered writing a book about it but has decided against it.
She sounded as if she was tearing up at least once and said she and the other five women put "everything" into the trial to come up with the right verdict. She added that she didn't think any of them could do "anything like that ever again.”
The witness who'd impressed her the most was Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino. He would have worked many murders, she said, and the fact he testified that he believed Zimmerman meant a great deal to her. Impressing her the least seemed to be the friend of Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel. She did not think Jeantel was credible and felt "very sorry" for her because she felt it was evident "she didn’t want to be there.”
Law and Zimmerman: no crime
During their 16-plus hours of deliberating they continually consulted the law, B-37 said, and gradually votes began to shift toward not-guilty of any charges. Right from the outset, juror B-37 said she voted for acquittal but that others wanted to find Zimmerman guilty of something; however, she said they found nothing in the law he was guilty of.
Both Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin were to blame, she believes, Zimmerman for getting out of his car, Martin for, she said, throwing the first punch. “I think that both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into,” B-37 said.
“I think they both could have walked away.”
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