Homicide case grueling in many ways

It’s the little things jurors don’t think about — such as who to look at when delivering their verdict. Do they look to the head of the courtroom where the judge presides? Do they look to the prosecution and defense teams, who have spent the trial passionately arguing for the guilt or innocence of the accused? Would looking at the police perched in the courtroom be comforting or even more nerveracking?

It’s those simple things jurors in the trial of Madani Ceus were unprepared for as they began serving in the four-week trial which began mid-January.

“We really didn’t understand the gravity of (the case) until we were in the courtroom,” said juror one — who has chosen to remain anonymous. “And then it just built, and some days you just wanted to go home and crawl in a hole and cry.”

 

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