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Juror: Zimmerman had right to defend himself

A juror in the George Zimmerman trial who is already planning to write a book says the Sanford police detective who investigated the case made a big impression on her.

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MIAMI (AP) - Two days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in connection with the fatal shooting of Trayvon Marin, one of the jurors has granted a TV interview. And a literary agent says Juror B37 and her husband -- a lawyer -- plan a book about the trial.

The unidentified juror told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the actions of Zimmerman, who she referred to as "George," and Martin both led to the 17-year-old's death.

The juror also said Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino made a big impression on her, because he would have been accustomed to dealing with murders and similar cases. She said Serino would have known how to spot a liar, and yet he testified that he believed Zimmerman.

The juror dismissed the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, who was talking with Martin by cellphone moments before he was fatally shot by Zimmerman in February, 2012.

She also disclosed that she and two other jurors believed at the very start of their deliberations that Zimmerman was not guilty. Two favored a manslaughter conviction. One believed Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder. She said the three who favored convictions were persuaded to change their mind as they reviewed the evidence.

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