A juror in the murder trial of Atlanta attorney Tex McIver said the decision of whether to find McIver guilty of his wife's murder was the hardest she's ever had to make.
“We were there to do a job," said Lakeisha Boyd, "and we took it very serious.”
Boyd was known as Juror 61 during the trial, which lasted 6 1/2 weeks, taking away from her job as a tax preparer during what would've been a busy time of the year. She has no regrets, however, even though she and her fellow jurors were paid just $25 a day for jury duty.
The last day of jury deliberations was the most intense, she said.
“We never said we were a hung jury, never, because we never gave up," said Boyd. "We knew he was guilty. We just had to find the correct verdict.”
Boyd told CBS46 jurors knew early in their deliberations that malice murder was not the right verdict. Though prosecutors tried to show that McIver killed his wife Diane for financial reasons, jurors didn't feel the state proved its case, Boyd said.
“The state did not give me enough to figure out why, but I do know he was reckless,” she said, adding that everyone in the jury room was convinced McIver was guilty of the aggravated assault charge.
“He knew enough about guns to never point a gun at anyone’s back,” she said.
The hang-up, according to Boyd, was whether to convict McIver of involuntary manslaughter or felony murder. They desperately wanted guidance.
“Once we went back out and the judge said, 'Y’all have everything that we can give y’all,' we went over the pamphlet they gave us, and we read it carefully, and the answers that we needed were right there,” she said.
Their instructions were clear: They couldn’t by law find him guilty of both aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter. A felony murder conviction was the only one that made sense.
After the verdict, jurors -- knowing that Diane had no living relatives -- approached Diane's longtime mentor and friend Billy Correy.
“We all gave Mr. Corey a hug. That was very emotional for him," she said. “He just thanked us for giving Diane justice, which that’s what we were there to do.”
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