Zimmerman Juror Says Serving on Jury Ruined Her Life
A mom is is serving dinner to her husband and six children. They take their paper plates and have their dinner on the floor. So, why doesn't this family have a kitchen table? We'll get to that in a moment.
If this woman looks familiar to you, she should. You know her as Juror B-29, from the George Zimmerman trial. She says that serving on the jury that famously acquitted Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin has ruined her life.
INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked Maddy, "Did you ever think serving on the Zimmerman jury would change your life like this?"
"No. My whole life has fallen apart," said Maddy.
Several of the Zimmerman jurors came forward to explain their controversial verdict in the immediate aftermath of the trial, but all with concealed identities. Only Maddy, who did not want her last name used, showed her face when she appeared on Good Morning America last July, when she said, "George Zimmerman got away with murder."
Now, the Florida mom is revealing that the fallout for going public has been devastating. First, she says she lost her job as an aide at a nursing home.
She says she kept calling for four weeks. Then, her friends started drifting away.
Maddy, who was the only minority to serve on the all-female panel, says she and her husband have been forced to sell most of their possessions.
"As we sold one thing, we paid one bill, another bill came," she said.
Now, their four-bedroom home is practically empty.
Showing Trent her nearly empty bedroom, she explained, "I sold my whole bedroom set to pay my bills."
In fact, during our interview, the gas company posted a disconnect notice.
Maddy told Trent, "Sorry. It's embarrassing you had to see that."
Maddy says she and her husband, who has a low-paying maintenance job, are down to literally counting pennies. They sold the kitchen table and are just days away from being evicted because they can't pay the rent."
Trent asked, "How can you blame this all on the case?"
"I'm losing my home. I lost my job. We're not been able to get back on our feet," she explained.
There are other chilling repercussions from the trial.
Before the Zimmerman case, she used to let her kids play outside. She is now afraid for their safety.
"Have you received death threats," asked Trent.
"I've had death threats. On Facebook, someone wrote I'm gonna the feel same pain as Travon Martin's mom. Which means I'm gonna lose my son. All this blame was put on me. No one is looking at George Zimmerman. He's the one who killed the child."
Maddy has been following Zimmerman's troubles since the trial including that traffic stop, and his run in with his now-estranged wife. Maddy now questions if she got the not guilty verdict right.
"We all know who's guilty," she said.
Now, Maddy is left to wonder why she has lost so much, all because she did her civic duty.
Trent asked, "Do you regret serving on this jury?"
"Yes, I do," she stated.