Four of the six jurors involved in the George Zimmerman murder trial have issued a statement distancing themselves from comments made by juror B37 during her interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday and Tuesday.
The statement -- signed by jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40 -- said that juror B37 did not speak for the panel as a whole when she appeared on Anderson Cooper’s program, according to Fox News.
"The opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below," said the statement.
"We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case," the statement continued. "But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives."
"Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us," the statement said. "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," the statement concluded.
Shortly after that statement was issued, juror B37 released a statement exclusively to CNN, which reads: “My prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than 'not guilty' in order to remain within the instructions. No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured."
"For reasons of my own, I needed to speak alone," she added. According to CNN, juror B37 said she will not grant any further interviews, and wishes to resume her normal life.
In a two-part interview on Monday and Tuesday night, juror B37 told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Zimmerman had “good in his heart” when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
The juror felt the actions of both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin contributed to the teen’s slaying. “I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into," the juror said. "I think they both could have walked away."
Juror B37 -- who referred to Zimmerman as “George” during the interview -- also said she didn’t feel that race was a factor that night. “I think people are looking for things to make race play a part,” she said.
At the outset of deliberations, B37 said three jurors wanted to acquit Zimmerman, two wanted to convict him of manslaughter and one juror wanted to find him guilty of second-degree murder. She said the panel was eventually able to reach a verdict after examining the law.
Juror B37 added that she felt George Zimmerman was “justified in shooting Trayvon Martin.”