ORLANDO, Fla. — Four of the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial issued a statement late Tuesday saying that juror B-37, the first to speak out in the media, does not speak for them.
“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,” the four jurors wrote.
The statement was released about an hour after B-37 gave the second part of a two-part interview to CNN’s Anderson Cooper explaining how the jury reached a verdict in the murder case and sharing her thoughts on the case. The first segment aired Monday.
The four jurors also appealed for privacy.
“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,” they wrote in the statement, released by a court spokeswoman.
The sixth juror, whose jury number did not appear in the list of those who signed the document, was the only minority on the panel. She is described as black or Hispanic and married with children. She lived in Chicago when the shooting happened.
Zimmerman, 29, shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death on Feb. 26, 2012 in Zimmerman’s gated community in Sanford. The jury on Saturday found him not guilty of second-degree murder.