CNN Breaking News George Zimmerman Trial Notes

Tues July 16th 10:03 pm

Four of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial issued a joint statement saying that Juror B37’s interview with CNN does not reflect their opinions.

“The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts, but in the end we did what the law required us to do,” the statement said in a request for privacy.

Tues July 16th 9:22 pm

A juror from the George Zimmerman trial said a holdout on the jury “wanted to find him guilty of something, but couldn’t because of the way the law is written.”

The six-person, all-female jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin after more than 16 hours of deliberations.

Juror B37, speaking exclusively to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” stressed that the jurors took their responsibility seriously.

“I don’t want people to think that we didn’t think about this, and we didn’t care about Trayvon Martin, because we did. We’re very sad that it happened to him,” she said.

Tues July 16th  7:20 pm

George Zimmerman was “justified” in shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to one of the jurors who acquitted Zimmerman.

The woman, known as Juror B37, spoke exclusively to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” Part 1 of the interview aired Monday, and part 2 airs tonight. She is the first juror to speak publicly about the case.

“I wanted to find him guilty of not using his senses,” she said. “He didn’t do anything unlawful.”

Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

One of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman tells CNN that the jury was split in its first vote: three votes for not guilty, two for manslaughter and one for second-degree murder.

She said Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” the night he killed unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin but didn’t use “good judgment” in confronting him. She believes Martin threw the first punch in their confrontation and that Zimmerman feared for his life.

She also said she believed it was Zimmerman’s voice heard screaming for help in 911 calls.

The juror, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, appeared exclusively on CNN’s “AC360

Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 3:15 PM

President Barack Obama released a statement a day after the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, saying the “death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.

“And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM

A jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

The panel of six women acquitted him of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Martin, who was killed by a single gunshot.

The neighborhood watch volunteer called 911 when he saw Martin, then 17, walking in the rain in a Sanford, Florida, gated community in February 2012.

Zimmerman’s attorneys argued that it was Martin who attacked Zimmerman, who then fired his gun in self-defense.

The case attracted national attention and debate about race and guns when police did not initially charge Zimmerman, a Hispanic, in the killing of Martin, who was African-American.

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