Zimmerman juror who called Trayvon Martin ‘a boy of color’ signs deal to write tell-all book about murder trial
- Juror still only identified as B37 – a white married mother-of-two who volunteers at an animal shelter; it is unknown if she will reveal her identity
- Literary agent claims book will explain why the jurors had no choice but to acquit Zimmerman ‘due to the manner in which he was charged’
By Lydia Warren PUBLISHED:15 July 2013 DailyMail
The woman, identified only as ‘Juror B37’, signed the deal with her attorney husband and Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin, MediaBistro reported.
In previous reports, B-37 has been identified as a white woman who volunteers at an animal shelter and who is married to an attorney with two adult children.
During her voir dire – in which attorneys question would-be jurors to determine if they are suitable to take part in a case – reveals that she called Martin ‘a boy of color’ when asked to describe him.
She added that his killing was ‘an unfortunate incident that happened’ and said she believed there were riots in Sanford, Florida after the killing – which is not the case.
She was also vocal about her hate of the media – saying she refused to read newspapers as they were skewed.
Literary agent Sharlene Martin said that the juror’s book would explain why the group of six women reached the decision to acquit the former neighborhood watch volunteer.
She added that the book has the potential to open discussions about how laws might need to be revised in order to fit with modern society.
‘The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman Not Guilty due to the manner in which he was charged,’ she said.
Questions: Literary agent Sharlene Martin, left, said the book would explain why the jury decided Zimmerman was not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, right, due to Florida’s laws
The juror is choosing to remain anonymous and it is unknown if they will conduct interviews as the project proceeds due to the reaction to the verdict.
Sharlene Martin has represented books written by high-profile writers, including Honor Bound by Raffaele Sollecito and Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story by Shanna Hogan, due out in September.
Mystery still surrounds the identities of the jury members and there is still no indication of how long the six women, known only to the public as B76, B37, E6, B29, E40 and B51, will remain anonymous.
Jurors refused to talk to reporters about how they reached their decision on Saturday after they received numerous interview requests from media outlets.
Their names are being kept secret until Judge Debra Nelson lifts an order protecting their identities.
Attorneys have argued that the names should not be kept secret.
In June, the judge ruled they would remain anonymous for an unspecified period after the verdict and Zimmerman lawyer Mark O’Mara argued they should be kept secret for six months after the trial.
Speculation also surrounds whether or not ZImmerman himself will pen a book revealing his experiences. The AP suggested he could make money from the project or from a lawsuit he brought against NBC last year after it allegedly edited his 911 tapes to make him look like a racial profiler.
Following his acquittal on all charges, he will spend no time behind bars.
But the Department of Justice could file criminal civil rights charges, and Zimmerman may face civil lawsuits from the family of Martin, who was unarmed at the time of his death last year.
The verdict has sparked uproar across the U.S., with Trayvon supporters claiming that the killing was racially motivated as they stage massive protests across cities from New York to Los Angeles.
For the moment, veteran publicists say Zimmerman really has only one option available: To hide.
WHO WERE THE SIX WOMEN WHO TRIED GEORGE ZIMMERMAN?
- B-37 – the juror who is penning the book – is a white woman who volunteers rescuing animals. She is married to an attorney and has two adult children. She said she and her husband used to have concealed weapons permits. During the last round of questioning, she said she had an issue with the type of weapons people are allowed to carry. She also thought weapons’ training was inadequate for people seeking permits. ‘It should become harder,’ she said.
- B-51 is retired, unmarried and doesn’t have kids. She has lived in Seminole County for nine years working in real estate and run a call center where she said she had experience resolving conflicts. When asked if Zimmerman did something wrong by following Martin instead of waiting for police, she said: ‘Yeah, I guess he did do something wrong.’
- B-29 recently moved to central Florida from Chicago. She enjoys watching the ‘Real Housewives’ on television and works as a nurse on an Alzheimer’s section of a nursing home. She said she hadn’t paid much attention to the shooting. She said she has been arrested, but her case was dropped. It’s not clear why she was arrested or exactly what happened to her case, though she said she was treated fairly. She is married and has several children. A prosecutor described her as ‘black or Hispanic’ during jury selection.
- B-76 is a white woman who has lived in central Florida for 18 years. She manages rental properties with her husband of 30 years. She has two adult children, including one who is an attorney. She is involved with rescuing animals in her free time. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime. ‘Everyone deserves a fair trial,’ she said.
- E-6 is a white woman who is married and has two children. She has worked in financial services and has lived in Seminole County for two years. She is active in her church and involved with her children’s school. During jury selection, she said she didn’t know the facts of the case well.
- E-40 is a white woman who works as a safety officer and recently moved to Seminole County from Iowa. She describes herself as a football fan. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime.