William Zervakos, the jury foreman in the Jodi Arias trial, appeared on ABC News' "Good Morning America" today and said he didn't believe Arias' self-defense story (video below).
"I'm very sure in my own mind that she was verbally and mentally abused [by Travis Alexander]. Now, is that an excuse? Of course, not,” said Zervakos. “Does it factor in the decisions that we make? It has to.”
When asked whether or not Arias helped or hurt her defense while on the stand, Zervakos said: “I think 18 days hurt her. She was not a good witness. We're charged with presuming innocence, but she was on the stand for so long, there were so many contradicting stories. I think the way the prosecutor was with her. He’s known for an aggressive style I think it would be difficult for anybody. I don't want to sit on the stand for 18 days.”
The hardest part of the trial for Zervakos was listening to Alexander’s family, notes Mediaite.com.
“I’m six feet away from somebody talking about a horrendous loss, and if you can’t feel that, then you have no emotion, no soul and yet we couldn’t allow ourselves to be emotional... although I'm sure some came through. I'm very proud of my jurors, my peers that were with us," added Zervakos.
"It was a gut-wrenching thing that we had to go through to make their own decision."