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FOX 35's Valerie Boey had an opportunity to interview one of the four alternate jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

"I supported the verdict," said Juror E54.  "I agree with it."

As a condition of the interview, E54 asked that we not reveal his face or use his name.

He expressed disappointment that he was not one of the six people who ultimately had a chance to discuss all of the evidence in the case and decide on a verdict.   Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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"I think the things that I focused on when I was doing my own deliberation was the non-emergency phone call. I did pick up on some things out of Rachel Jeantel's testimony, Trayvon Martin's phone records or her phone records and when they were talking," he said.

Jeantel was the last person to talk to Martin before the shooting.  

E54 also said he relied heavily on those residents at the Sanford gated community who testified that they heard screaming and activity on the night of the shooting.

"I call them 'ear-witnesses,' the ones who heard the noises and which way the noises were going.  They helped me fill the gap," he said.  

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Of all the evidence and testimony that was presented, E54 said it was George Zimmerman who proved to be the most compelling in helping him make up his mind.

"I think the one thing that stands out the most is the injuries to Mr. Zimmerman."

E54 said he could not personally tell who was screaming on the 911 call, but he said he had to come to a conclusion that it was Zimmerman's voice, based on all the testimony.

Juror B37 was the first to break her silence in the case, speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday.  She said when the jury began deliberations Friday, three jurors- including B37 - were in favor of acquittal, two supported manslaughter and one backed second-degree murder.

"I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into," she told Cooper. "I think they both could have walked away."

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Four of the six jurors distanced themselves late Tuesday from statements that B37 made in the televised interview.

"The opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below," the statement said.

The jurors also requested privacy in the midst of the ongoing controversy over the not guilty verdict rendered Saturday evening.

"We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case," the statement read. "But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives."

The names of the six-woman jury, which included five whites and one woman who appeared to reporters to be Hispanic, have not been released by the court, and neither have the names of the alternate jurors.

E54 addressed other details about his experience as an alternate juror in the Zimmerman trial, the fallout from the verdict, and what he thinks about calls for a civil rights investigation into the shooting.  

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