The juror in the George Zimmerman trial who has said she initially believed Zimmerman was guilty of murder said Tuesday that his wife Shellie Zimmerman “must have been more fearful” during an altercation between the couple because she knows what he’s “capable of.”
“I believe that uh–his wife, she knows exactly what is–what George Zimmerman’s capable of doing,” the juror known as “Maddy” told Rev. Sharpton on Tuesday’s PoliticsNation, after listening to Shellie Zimmerman’s 911 recording. “And maybe she must have been more fearful because she knows the truth is someone got killed a couple of years ago, over, you know, probably his anger, or over the situation that went about it.”
Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s lawyer, told reporters during a Monday evening news conference that no one would be pressing charges in the incident. On Tuesday he announced he would not serve as Zimmerman’s lawyer in either his divorce from Shellie or a potential domestic violence case.
Police said that George Zimmerman accused his wife of being the aggressor in Monday’s altercation.
During her wide-ranging interview on PoliticsNation, “Maddy” shared her distaste for some of George Zimmerman’s recent coverage in the media, including a photo showing him smiling alongside an employee at a gun assembly plant, saying she thinks it shows he believes “there’s nothing wrong.”
“In my heart, I believe that, he’s–to me, it’s like a mockery,” she said. “He’s not feeling bad, I mean I can’t say how he feels, but he’s just not showing any remorse of anything that went on with the situation with Trayvon Martin.”
Shortly after the trial, she told ABC News in an interview that she believes Zimmerman “got away with murder.” Since then she’s been criticized by some who think she should have returned a guilty verdict. During her interview with Rev. Sharpton she spoke at length about the conflict between what she felt–and her legal duty as a juror.
“If I go with my heart, which is one of the things that the lawyers said that we couldn’t do, was go with our heart, or we couldn’t assume or there was no what ifs,” she said. “So since I couldn’t do that, I had to go by what the law said and the law said that he was not guilty.”
“I think the only way that this is going to change is that if we change the law,” she said.
“To be honest with you, the more we think about what I could have done, we’re wasting more time. I want to know what we should do now,” she added later. “I mean, what, what could I do now to help, to change the law, what could I do to change the situation so it doesn’t happen to another child.”
“I want to know what I could do to make a difference. I can’t continue to give George Zimmerman all that power, where he continues and everybody keeps talking about him. Let’s talk about what we can do to change, to make a difference, to do something, because that’s what I want to do.”
Her message to Zimmerman today?
“I really would like to ask George Zimmerman if he’s happy. I mean, are you happy? Because I don’t understand how someone can continue to keep a smile like that with all the hurt he has caused.”