The jury who found Jodi Arias guilty of first degree premeditated murder was unable to reach a unanimous decision after deliberating for 13 hours in the penalty phase of the murder trial. As a result, the judge declared a mistrial and the jury foreman is speaking out for the first time.
Bill Zervakos sat down with “Inside Edition” and answered questions about the Jodi Arias murder trial. Jodi Arias was found guilty by the jury of 12 in the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Alexander was stabbed 29 times, shot in the head and had his throat slit ear to ear.
Zervakos described his experience on the jury by saying, “The best work I can use is surreal. One of the reasons I’m doing these interviews, and I’m doing very few, is because after we got out of this we heard about the sensationalism.”
“We knew it was a big deal, but we had no clue the scope of it, literally worldwide. We had no clue about how much vitriol and hatred there was for Jodi Arias out there.”
“What she did was horrible, there’s no question about it, but this is a human being. Our jury’s prudence system is based on innocent until proven guilty. And this girl was crucified in the court of public opinion. We didn’t know that of course until after the fact.”
“I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but I don’t think any of the 12 of us went through this, actually 15, but the 12 of us that deliberated specifically could go through this without a changing of, the changing some of our values and perceptions.”
“So I don’t necessarily want to use the word life-changing, but it certainly had a major impact on our lives, how we view things, the monumental responsibility. There was a Jodi Arias before June 4, 2008 and a Jodi Arias after June 4, 2008.”
“Jodi Arias before that time seemed like an absolutely normal young woman. Going through relationships, ups and downs, there was no history of any kind of violence. There was no history of any unusual problems with relationships. They were pretty typical.”
“But then there was the Jodi Arias after this horrendous crime, so why would I not expect lies? Why would I not expect her to try and cover her tracks? I think the interviews, to be candid with you, and I’ve understood that she’s done some since the trial and just before it was over.”
“I don’t think it was very smart of her. But did it affect our decision? I wouldn’t think so, no. There were moments of contention all the way through because every decision we made was huge.”
“Everybody is so emotionally charged and we’re having to control those emotions and it’s only fair when those emotions bubble over, but we’re able to reel it back in.”
Zervakos went on to reveal that he believed Jodi Arias was subjected to abuse by Travis Alexander. “I do believe that she was emotionally and verbally abused. You can’t listen to that kind of hurt, the pain, the anguish and not be touched.”
According to Zervakos, the jury was deadlocked eight to four and the majority vote was a sentence of the death penalty. Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder on May 8 and not a new jury of 12 people will decide whether or not to sentence her to the death penalty.
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