Juror B29's lawyer, David Chico, prosecuted George Zimmerman

The connection is quite interesting. Photo: ABC News / Studio Image

FLORIDA, July 29, 2013 — In a new revelation from the George Zimmerman trial, the attorney of one of the jurors, Juror B29, previously helped prosecute Zimmerman.

An ABC News interview last week with Juror B29 reverberated across the media when she stated that she felt Zimmerman had gotten “away with murder,” and that she was the holdout for a guilty, or mistrial, vote. 

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B29 has also generated publicity because she was the lone minority juror in the trial. A black Puerto Rican who recently moved to Sanford from Chicago, she mentioned her strong sympathy for Martin’s parents.

What has largely gone unnoticed, though, is that B29’s attorney, who was present during her televised discussion with journalist Robin Roberts, served as prosecutor in a 2005 case concerning Zimmerman.

In July of 2005, Zimmerman and an undercover law enforcement officer engaged in a physical conflict at an Orlando bar. Zimmerman was arrested for this, as well as obstructing justice, but never faced criminal prosecution on felony charges.

Instead, he was ordered to enter an anger management program. 

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“(S)ometimes people get arrested and they’re not really bad people,” Chico explained to NBC News in 2012. “They’re people that made a mistake.”

Now B29’s post-trial motivations have been called into question.

Sundance of The Conservative Tree House, a popular blog which has covered the Trayvon Martin shooting’s aftermath, writes that B29 says in [the ABC] interview “I don’t need any money”, yet she is a nurses aide at a nursing home dealing with Alzheimer’s patients. She is 36years old with 8 kids, the eldest 20 (meaning she was pregnant at 15/16).

“She states she has been married for 10 years, so at least some of her children are not fathered by her current husband.”

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Sundance brings into question the following:

“She was able to be sequestered for 5 weeks away from kids/husband/Family; And she is all of a sudden able to afford an attorney 24/7 and together travel to New York? This attorney is coincidentally the former State prosecutor in the 2005 case against Zimmerman? And ABC just coincidentally molds the interview to present the story of B29 as a divisive racial issue?”

ABC and Chico reportedly chose not to answer questions sent by TCTH. These questions were said to be about the relationship between them.

“It’s obvious that David Chico was in the courtroom as a PT media analyst for the Orlando Sentinel with a Spanish interpretation,” Sundance states. “It gets creepy to think this lawyer would have such a stealth agenda that he would be actively seeking to contact a juror for ideological manipulative purposes. But it had to happen.” 

Sundance supports his claim by noting that it is unlikely that B29 sought out Chico; she lives several counties away from him. He also mentions the unlikelihood of the lawyer who once prosecuted Zimmerman just happening to represent B29.

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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