|Jury foreman says Arias' 18 days on stand hurt her|
The news might be surprising to some who felt the guilty verdict indicated the defense's case was unconvincing. Zervakos stated, "I’m very sure in my own mind that she was mentally and verbally abused. Does that factor in the decisions we [the jury] make? It has to."
While Zervakos may have believed there was some abuse going on, he didn't find Jodi Arias' marathon 18-days of testimony helped her case.
He stated, "I think 18 days hurt her. I think she was not a good witness...I think the way the prosecutor was with her, he's known for an aggressive style. I think it'd be difficult for anybody. I don't think I want to sit on the stand for 18 days.
"We're charged with going in presuming innocence, right, but she was on the stand for so long. I don't think it did her any good. There were so many contradicting stories."
The Jodi Arias trial will resume on July 18, 2013, as a new jury must be selected in order to complete the penalty phase portion of the case.