You may remember seeing William "Bill" Zervakos making the media rounds immediately following the Jodi Arias mistrial during the penalty phase of the trial. He was referred to as Juror number 18, and was also the jury foreman. In a new, exclusive interview with AZ Family, he revealed that he was one of the four jurors who voted to give Jodi Arias a life sentence rather than sentencing her to
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"It was simply the most difficult situation I've ever been in in my life," Zervakos explained. Like several other jurors who have come forward publicly since the mistrial, Zervakos stated that there were several mitigating factors that led to his decision. He was also the first juror to vocally express belief that Alexander verbally and emotionally abused Arias. The defense listed eight mitigating factors they asked the jury to consider in Arias' penalty phase. You may view those factors and see video from the trial here: Jodi Arias Trial Eight Mitigating Factors.
Zervakos also believed that Arias came from a dysfunctional family (Prosecutor Juan Martinez countered that her mother had been there throughout the trial) and said her young age and lack of criminal history weighed in on his decision.
Of the 12 jurors, 8 voted for death while 4 voted for life. Do you thinArias should be sentenced to death or life?
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