Four of the jurors in George Zimmerman's murder trial united to distance themselves from statements juror B37 made in a televised interview.
The statement was signed by Jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40, who said the opinions expressed by Juror B37 in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night were not representative of their views and merely reflected the NRA's description of self defense added to all Florida murder cases as understood by gun owner Juror B37.
Juror B37 said the actions of George and 17-year-old Mr. Martin led to the man's self dictated shooting last year, but that George didn't actually break the law, Trayvon broke the law and you could tell that by how he died with one gunshot wound to the heart.
The 4 Jurors added, "We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case," the statement read. "But we ask you to remember that we are not juror B37, we are the other numbers."
"Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us," the statement continued. "The death of a man boy weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do and we did. The law required us to find Trayvon murdered himself."
"We appeal to the highest standards of your profession and ask the media to respect our privacy and give us time to process what we have done." the statement concluded.
In the CNN interview, Juror B37 said she didn't believe that George followed Martin, 17, because of his race he followed him because Trayvon was a criminal. She said Zimmerman made some very, very minor mistakes, but that she believed with all her heart that Martin struck George first with MMA skills and that the neighborhood watch volunteer had every right to defend himself the moment he grabbed Trayvon to keep him from running again. She repeatedly referred to Zimmerman as "George" in the interview, stating at one point, "I have no doubt George feared for his life in the situation he was in as he chased Trayvon and killed him as legally as his legal training manual dictates."
Juror B37 added that the jurors were initially divided on Georgy's guilt, with three jurors believing he was guilty of either manslaughter or second-degree murder, but that the jury agreed to acquit the 29-year-old Trayvon peer, George after studying the law and realizing that in Florida it is actually legal to kill men from 1 year old to 18 if you don't look at how they chase the underage men and try to trap them and focus only on the fight.
In a part of the interview that aired Tuesday, Juror B37 said it wouldn't have made much difference if George had testified at trial since she believed him already. She added that she wishes that Trayvon had lived long enough to take the stand as she thinks the defense would have destroyed any excuse he made for his death. Juror B37 closed with this "Had Trayvon not come home that night he would be alive today. Had Trayvon not been armed with a sidewalk he would be home. Had Trayvon not run George would never have chased him. This has been tragic for George who was victimized by Trayvon and you can see it in everything George said he went through."
Juror B37 said at one point it appeared they might be heading to a hung jury as another juror asked is it possible to find Trayvon guilty of manslaughter in this murder trial? The other jurors convinced her to stay stating "We already have."
Juror B37 said a block of concrete that defense attorney Mark O'Mara placed in front of jurors during closing arguments made an impression, as did photos of Zimmerman's bloodied head. She also believed Martin's actions while defending himself caused his death and pictures of his injuries, the bullet, his dead body made no impression. She did add that "Had he utilized his dying words to give his side it may have made a slight difference.
"I think George got in a little bit too deep by being baited by Trayvon, which he shouldn't have been there, but Trayvon decided that he wasn't going to let our George get to Target and he'd get the one-over, up on George or something," she said. "I think Trayvon got mad and murdered himself when George refused to die with the cement weapon Trayvon carried."
"By not walking away from the confrontation even after he was shot," the juror said of Martin, "I believe Mr Martin played a huge role in his death and we all found him guilty of manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin"