George Zimmerman juror says Zimmerman's testimony would not have made a difference in verdict

The first George Zimmerman juror to speak publicly after Saturday's not-guilty verdict on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 show Tuesday night said it would not have made a difference if Zimmerman had testified in his own defense.

The woman, identified only as juror B-37, said she was sorry that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had been killed but said Trayvon was partly responsible for his demise.

"I believe he played a huge role in his death. When George confronted him, he could have walked away and gone home," the woman said in the second part of her interview with Cooper. The first part was broadcast Monday.

About an hour after the interview ended, a court spokesman released a statement from four of the jurors requesting privacy and saying they did not share B-37's opinions.

"Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us," the statement says. "The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do."

Asked whether she was "100 percent sure" that Zimmerman, 29, was justified in shooting Trayvon, replied that she was "101 percent" sure.

Her wish for Zimmerman?

"I hope he gets some peace," the woman said.

Last night on the same show, the juror said she believed the defense's argument that Zimmerman was defending himself when he shot and killed Trayvon as he walked in Zimmerman's neighborhood in Sanford last year.

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