Other jurors distance themselves from Juror B37

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Four

of the six jurors from the murder trial of neighborhood watch volunteer

George Zimmerman have distanced themselves from statements another juror

made in a televised interview.

The four jurors issued a brief

statement Tuesday on court stationery saying the opinions expressed by

Juror B37 to CNN's Anderson Cooper are not representative of their


"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. The six-sentence statement did not specify what parts of the

other juror's comments they disagreed with.

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.


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.

B37's face was obscured by shadow during her interview.

In a

statement to CNN released Wednesday, Juror B37 said she prayed for those

who have the power to modify laws that gave her "no verdict option

other than 'not guilty' in order to remain within the instructions."


B37 had an agreement with a literary agent to explore a book deal, but

she ended the relationship when she realized the emotions tied to the

case once she was out of the bubble of sequestration, she said.

"My prayers are with Trayvon's parents for their loss, as they have always been," she said.


B37's interview came two days after the jury acquitted Zimmerman of

second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin in a gated

community in Sanford, Fla. Martin was black, and Zimmerman identifies

himself as Hispanic. Zimmerman was not arrested for 44 days, and the

delay in charging him led to protests from those who believed race was a

factor in the handling of the case.

While prosecutors accused

Zimmerman of profiling Martin, Zimmerman maintained he acted in

self-defense. He claimed Martin was slamming his head into the concrete

sidewalk when he fired the gun.

In the CNN interview, Juror B37

said she did not believe Zimmerman followed Martin because of his race.

She said Zimmerman made some mistakes, but that she believed Martin

struck Zimmerman first and that the neighborhood watch volunteer had a

right to defend himself.

Juror B37 said the jurors were initially

divided on Zimmerman's guilt, with three jurors believing he was guilty

of either manslaughter or second-degree murder, but that the jury agreed

to acquit the 29-year-old Zimmerman after more closely reviewing the


In a part of the interview that aired Tuesday, Juror B37 said

it wouldn't have made much difference if Zimmerman had testified at

trial since she believes he would have given the same story he gave

investigators in videotaped police interviews that were played at the


Juror B37 said at one point it appeared they might be

heading to a hung jury as another juror wanted to leave. The other

jurors convinced her to stay.

Juror B37 said a block of concrete

that defense attorney Mark O'Mara placed in front of jurors during

closing arguments made an impression, as did photos of Zimmerman's

bloodied head. She also believed Martin's actions contributed to his


"I think George got in a little bit too deep, which he

shouldn't have been there, but Trayvon decided that he wasn't going to

let him scare him and get the one-over, up on him or something," she

said. "I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him."

By not walking away from the confrontation, the juror said of Martin, "I believe he played a huge role in his death."