Updated: 5:30PM, Tuesday July 16, 2013
One in the car and the other on foot, with unanswered questions racing through the minds… There is a frantic 911 phone call made at 12:20 p.m.. Two people, no real exchange of clear verbal communication; then they have a non-verbal altercation between a Victim and his Aggressor.
In the wet grass with tensions flaring, an adrenaline rush and then someone screams for Help…! There’s blood on the pavement and someone is killed…
Now the court wonders, “Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?” The decision is placed in the jurors hands…
On July 14, 2013 George Zimmerman faced a second-degree murder charge for the death of young Travon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Accordingly, the court ruled in Zimmerman’s favor and acquitted him of all allegations. Declaring that Zimmerman was under proper sanction of Florida’s self-defense law, “Stand your Ground.”
Since then, late night TV host Anderson Cooper has interviewed the first undisclosed jury member B37. The juror, who was interviewed by Anderson in the dark, admitted that the Zimmerman –the former neighborhood watch volunteer– was “guilty of not using good judgment and when he called 911 he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car.” During the interview Anderson proceeded on to ask the question, “Is Zimmerman someone you would like to have on your neighborhood watch in your community? Her response, “If he didn’t go to far.” And admits “he just didn’t stop at the limitations he should have stopped at.”
As the interview continued the unnamed juror used these words to explain her sentiment about Zimmerman, “I thought his heart was in the right place.”
When asked by Anderson “based on the testimony you heard, do you believe that Travon Martin was the aggressor?” Her response was, “I think the roles changed. I think George got in a little to deep, which he shouldn’t have been there; but Travon decided that he wasn’t going to let him scare him and get the one-over, up-on-him, or something. And I think Travon got mad an attacked him.”
She also feels that Zimmerman “feared for his life.”
Overall this undisclosed jury member, described that Zimmerman aggressively stood his ground which led to a default reaction.
Post-trial there are still many spectators unsatisfied with the jury’s decision who are awaiting an appeal that are left pondering the question, “Was it also Travon Martin’s right to stand his ground?”