Paul, sounds like you were meant to be there to help the family. Thank you for your service to your community.
But it is tough. I've been there. Capitol murder trial, sequestered and off work for 2 weeks. Somewhat similar circumstances except this guy killed his step Mom for about 135 bucks. When we got to the penalty phase, we found out he was a strong suspect in another murder in Ohio. IIRC, the single mother of 12 or 13 year old girl. And had threatened the daughter and maybe a friend. This one was a slam dunk case as testimony showed he took a Detective and his father to where he stashed the car in an abandoned parking garage with her body inside. The one humane act we could see from this guy is he wouldn't let his Dad go with the Detective to check the car out. It was unanimous the first vote we took.
As tough as this was, it was a great experience for me. I met some truly neat people on the jury. The Judge was a hoot. The second chair Assistant DA had us rolling during his final argument with the first chair lowering his head and placing his hand over his eyes in disbelief at what he just heard (the phrase he used describing the theft of the money was something like 'this ill gotten booty' .) All in all, it's an experience I'll never forget. And knowing I helped take a truly horrible individual off the streets was all the payment I needed. Jim.
Last edited by Jim O'Dell; 05-21-2011 at 01:09 PM.
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