The jury foreman in the Jodi Arias trial appeared on Good Morning America on Friday, following the most recent development in the case: A hung jury in the death penalty phase. The foreman, William Zervakos, said while he believed Arias was emotionally abused by Travis Alexander, that wasn’t an excuse.
While Zervakos said he didn’t believe Arias’ self-defense story, he did feel that she was emotionally and verbally abused by Alexander. “Now, is that an excuse? Of course, not,” he said. “Does it factor in the decisions that we make? It has to.”
He further said that Arias didn’t do herself any favors by staying on the stand for so long. “I think 18 days hurt her,” he informed. “She was not a good witness. … She was on the stand for so long, there were so many contradicting stories. I think the way the prosecutor was with her — he’s known for an aggressive style.”
The gut-wrenching part of the trial, he said, was listening to Alexander’s family.
“I’m six feet away from somebody talking about a horrendous loss, and if you can’t feel that, then you have no emotion, no soul,” Zervakos elaborated, “and yet we couldn’t allow ourselves to be emotional on the stand.”
There were several holdouts in the jury, not just one or two, in the death penalty phase, ABC’s Ryan Owens reported.
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