The second juror from the George Zimmerman trial to speak publicly told ABC's Robin Roberts on Thursday that she thought Zimmerman was guilty and that he "got away with murder."
Juror B-29, the sole minority juror, said she initially voted to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder because "the evidence shows he's guilty."
After about 16 hours of deliberation, she joined the five other women on the jury and acquitted him of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Roberts asked whether she regretted not holding out.
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"Kind of. I mean, I'm the only minority, and I feel like I let a lot of people down." the juror replied in the first portion of the interview on "World News With Diane Sawyer."
The juror, whom ABC identified only as "Maddy," also told Roberts she has trouble eating and sleeping because of the verdict, which was reached on July 13.
In a statement, Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said the juror's comments were "devastating" because they validated what her family believes: that Zimmerman got away with murder.
"This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child," Fulton wrote.
Later on ABC's Nightline, Zimmerman's parents, Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, apologized.
"We are deeply sorry for this tragedy," Gladys Zimmerman said as her husband sat beside her.
Maddy, too, said she wants to apologize — to Trayvon's parents — because "I feel like I let 'em down."
The acquittal sparked nationwide protests and cries for Florida to overturn its "stand your ground" law. Demonstrators argued that Zimmerman, whose mother is Hispanic, followed and profiled Trayvon, who was black, after a Sanford police dispatcher told him he did not need to do so.
Maddy said she fell to her knees, screamed and cried after she heard the negative reaction to the verdict.
"And I kept saying to myself, 'I feel like I killed him [Trayvon]," she said.
Maddy told court officials during jury selection that she is a certified nursing assistant in an Alzheimer's ward. She's 36 years old, Puerto Rican, married and has several children.
She lived in Chicago on Feb. 26, 2012 when Zimmerman, now 29, shot and killed Trayvon as he walked through Zimmerman's gated neighborhood in Sanford.
Zimmerman's attorneys argued that he acted in self-defense after Trayvon beat him.
During Thursday's interview, Maddy said she felt she "was forcibly included in Trayvon Martin's death. And I carry him on my back."
"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can't get away from God," she said. "And at the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with."
In portions of the interview released prior to airtime, Maddy, said she didn't think the case should have gone to trial.
"I felt like this was a publicity stunt," she told Roberts. "This whole court service thing to me was publicity."