Jodi Arias juror interview: Foreman speaks out about trial, trouble in sentencing phase
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PHOENIX - The foreman in the notorious Jodi Arias trial is speaking out, explaining the group's confusion as Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial during the penalty phase on Thursday.
Juror 18, foreman Bill Zervakos, explained how, in the end, the trial for Arias ended up with a hung jury when deciding on life in prison or death.
"None of us knew what would happen if we were unable to come up with a verdict," Zervakos admitted.
Zervakos told a local station in Phoenix the jury believed Stephens would decide whether to give Arias life in prison or life with chance of release.
According to Zervakos, the jury believed their instructions were ambiguous and they had no idea the judge would declare a mistrial.
"We were not abdicating our responsibility, yet we feel like people believe that."
Zervakos says he can't speak for the other jurors, but after almost 14 hours of deliberation it was the two sides of Arias that swayed him.
"I saw two Jodis; before June 4, 2008 and Jodi after June 4, 2008."
When asked if he believed Arias' claims of domestic violence, Zervakos admitted he did believe some of her allegations.
"I believe she was verbally and mentally abused by Travis. I think she has a mental problem."
Zervakos also opened up about his personal feelings about Arias, and whether he "liked" and believed her during her stint on the witness stand.
"I tried to keep my feelings as neutral as possible," he admitted.
But his feelings on Juan Martinez are not as neutral.
"He's merciless," Zervakos said of the lead prosecutor on he case. "I don't like being talked to like I'm stupid and I feel like that happened a few times."
Despite the outcome of the actual verdict, murder in the first degree, Zervakos says he and his fellow jurors regret they could not agree in the sentencing phase.
"Do we feel there was unfinished business? Do we feel like we didn't complete our task? Yeah."
Looking forward, Zervakos hopes the Alexander family can heal, but also had a final thought about Arias.
"The only thing that I can hope for her is that she comes to peace with herself, that she comes to grips with herself."
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