Carolyn Pesce, USA TODAY
Four jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial issued a statement Tuesday night that said earlier comments by an outspoken fellow juror are "not in any way representative" of their views.
"Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us," the four said in a statement issued by the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. "The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do."
Juror B-37, who preferred to remain anonymous and use her court-designated identification number, spoke Monday night on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 about her experiences on the six-woman jury that acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
"When George confronted him ... he (Trayvon) could have walked away and gone home," the woman said. "He didn't have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight."
The juror, who has quickly canceled plans to write a book about her experiences on the panel, said Trayvon "played a huge role" in his own death.
In their statement, signed with court-designated identification numbers, the four jurors said the opinions of juror B-37 "were her own" and not representative of their views.
They asked the news media and the public "to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives."
"Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do," the statement said.
"We appeal to the highest standards of your profession and ask the media to respect our privacy and give us time to process what we have been through."
All five jurors are described in court notes as white females.The sixth juror, described as a "Latina," has not commented publicly on the case.