“When the six jury members in the George Zimmerman trial went in for deliberation, three were for acquittal, one was for second-degree murder and two were for the manslaughter charge, one of those jury members told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday,” reports our friend Laura Petrecca in USA Today.
The story continues, “As they reviewed the evidence, the jurors came to feel that Zimmerman truly feared for his life when he pulled the trigger, [the juror] said.
The identity of the jury member who spoke to Cooper was not revealed, but she was identified by her juror number — B-37– on "Anderson Cooper 360°."
In the highly publicized case, Zimmerman, 28, who is Hispanic, shot and killed an African American teenager, Trayvon Martin, 17, on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.
On the "Cooper" show, the USA Today piece notes that the juror who was interviewed “said that she wanted to remain ‘cautious’ and didn’t want her face shown. Earlier Monday, literary agent Sharlene Martin said she had signed one of the Zimmerman jurors to write a book about her experience on the panel, and also identified that juror as B-37.”
The story adds that the “juror said Zimmerman was ‘a man whose heart was in the right place,’ but he went too far and did not use good judgment.” Furthermore, “the juror told Cooper that “she didn’t think the shooting was racially motivated and that Zimmerman would have reacted the same way to someone of any race.”
The article notes: “While her identity wasn’t revealed, there are some known facts about juror B-37. She is a middle-aged white woman and the daughter of an Air Force captain. She has been married to a space attorney for 20 years and has has two adult children.”