A group of 12 people acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
The man told People that they knew their decision would be controversial but the public outrage that followed took them by surprise.
Following the verdict, the jurors have received death threats, they have been barred from restaurants, shunned by family. One of them even fled Florida , for fear of the backlash.
“We tried very hard to separate our emotions from the evidence,” the juror tells People. “Generally, none of us liked Casey Anthony at all. She seems like a horrible person. But the prosecutors did not give us enough evidence to convict. They gave us a lot of stuff that makes us think that she probably did something wrong, but not beyond a reasonable doubt.”
“I live in fear that someone will find me. I Google my name every day to see if anyone has figured out who I am. The few people that do know haven’t said anything, but one of my friends told me that his wife forbid him to talk to me. My own sister cussed me out. It has ruined my life.”
The man also talked about the deliberation process.
“We took a vote on the [four] charges of lying to police,” the juror says. “And it came back 12-0 to convict. That didn’t take long at all.”
“We did our first vote and it came out half to acquit, half to convict,” he recounts. “And we talked about it for a while, going through the evidence. I’d say that some people got intense, but there were no personal attacks, no real yelling. And we talked for a while, then it was 11-1 to acquit. And the guy who didn’t want to acquit basically looked at us and said, ‘O.K., whatever you all want.’ He knew he wasn’t going to convince us.”
“And then we sat there for a few minutes and were like, ‘Holy crap, we are letting her go free,'” he continues. “Everyone was just stunned at what we were about to do. [One of the women jurors] asked me, ‘Are you okay with this?’ and I said, ‘Hell, no. But what else can we do? We promised to follow the law.’ ”
Asked whether he would change his vote now, the juror responded: “I’ve learned a lot more about the case by reading the documents.”
“But when we were sequestered, we could only go by what the prosecution and defense gave us. If I had to vote now, I’d probably vote for manslaughter. But we didn’t get the evidence to support it before. I know people are mad at us, but we did our jobs, and I think we did them to the very best of our abilities.