A day after juror B37 from the George Zimmerman trial appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 for an interview, four of her fellow jurors from the trial released a public statement, reports the Associated Press. Though the jurors came to the same verdict in deciding that Zimmerman was not guilty on counts of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40 said in their statement that they are not of the same mind as juror B37.
The four jurors issued a brief statement on court stationary saying that the opinions expressed by Juror B37 to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night are not representative of their views.
"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, signed by Jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40.
Juror B37 said the actions of Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn't actually break the law.
The four other jurors said in their statement that Martin's death weighed on them.
"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."
They also made a request for privacy. The court has not released the names of the six-woman jury, which included five whites and one woman who appeared to reporters to be Hispanic.
Juror B37's appearance on CNN has led to more anger by those who were upset by the final verdict. Initially she was in talks to write a book about her experience sitting on the jury, but after pressure by social media, the book deal was dropped.
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