July 16th, 2013
08:50 AM ET

Zimmerman Trial: What Happened in Jury Room?

Days after the “not guilty” verdict was delivered in the George Zimmerman trial, we hear what happened inside the jury room.

Juror B-37 spoke exclusively to Anderson Cooper on AC360 Monday night about her experience and what she thought of the testimony:

Admitting to the complexity of the case and the instructions the jury was given, Juror B-37 says the jurors spent hours deliberating over the law before deciding to acquit. “That's how we got to the point of everybody being not guilty,” she says.

Juror B-37 says their decision was an emotional one. According to her, everybody started to cry after the bailiff took their votes.

“It's just hard, thinking that somebody lost their life and there's nothing else could be done about it,” she says. “It's a tragedy this happened, but it happened… And I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away… It just didn't happen.”

Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos feels that Juror B-37 gives the impression she found Zimmerman somewhat culpable.  (see top video)

“Although they ultimately concluded under the law as they understood it that he didn't do anything,” he says. “When you hear her talk, you could see her going either way.”

He says earlier that the jury's instructions were even confusing to him, though he feels the jurors were focused on the proper issues before ultimately considering self-defense for the not guilty verdict.

“They went through each and every element. They adhered to their duty,” Cevallos says. “But boy, it's interesting to hear their walk through the path.”

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  1. martina martini

    IIn the newspapers here in italy I've read that Zimmerman was in plain clothes. In pictures he seems to be built like a tank! What would your reaction have been if you were stopped by someone looking like that in plain clothes? I think lots of people would have reacted just like Trayvon. A punch doesn't justify a shooting!

    July 17, 2013 at 3:38 am | Reply

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