"I'm 101% that he was, that he should've done what he did..." In part two of Anderson Cooper's exclusive interview with Zimmerman trial Juror B37, the juror says she thinks Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin was justified, but he should not have left his car.
Shortly after part two of Anderson's AC360 exclusive interview with Zimmerman trial Juror B37 aired Tuesday night, four other jurors released the below statement in response to her comments.
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2013
STATE vs. ZIMMERMAN JURORS’ REQUEST FOR PRIVACY
We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives. We also wish to point out that the opinions of Juror B-37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.
Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do.
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 been through.
Tonight on AC360°, watch more of Anderson's exclusive interview with Zimmerman juror B37. The juror tells Anderson she believes Trayvon Martin played a role in his own death.
She says, "When George confronted him, he could have walked away and gone home. He didn't have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight."
Tune in for part two of the interview at 8 and 11 p.m. ET.
Zimmerman defense attorneys Mark O'Mara and Don West spoke out tonight on AC360.
They talked to Anderson about challenges experienced during the trial and reacted to a comment made by Florida prosecutor Angela Corey during an HLN interview.
In an exclusive interview on AC360, Zimmerman trial Juror B37 told Anderson Cooper she thought Rachel Jeantel was not a credible prosecution witness.
She said the most important part from Jeantel's testimony was "The time she was on the phone with Trayvon ... hopefully if she heard anything she would say she did but the time coincides with George’s statements and testimony of time limits and what had happened during that time."
In an exclusive interview on AC360, Zimmerman trial Juror B37 told Anderson she thought George Zimmerman had every right to carry a gun.
She told Anderson she thinks Zimmerman is guilty of not using good judgement. "I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done."
In an exclusive interview on AC360, one of the Zimmerman trial jurors said most of the jury thought the 911 call screams came from Zimmerman, not Martin.
Juror B37 told Anderson the reason she thought Zimmerman was the person screaming was because he was the one who was beaten during the fight.
Tonight on AC360 Anderson Cooper spoke exclusively to George Zimmerman trial Juror B37 about whether or not race played a role in the case.
The juror said she didn't think Zimmerman viewed Trayvon Martin as suspicious because he was an African-American. She said race did not come up as part of the jury's deliberation discussions. "I think he just profiled him because he was the neighborhood watch, and he profiled anybody that came in acting strange."
She said that if, for example, the person walking through the neighborhood was someone from a different race, "Spanish, white, Asian ... George would have reacted the exact same way."
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