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Juror gives insight into Stanley Majors' trial and verdict

Juror gives insight into Stanley Majors' trial and verdict (KTUL)

It was a shocking crime, neighbor killing neighbor, with an undercurrent of a long-simmering hatred.

"I've had trouble sleeping for the last week," said juror Chris Conner, processing a trial that lasted over three weeks, which at first resulted in a 10 to 2 vote, guilty versus insane.

"There was a couple of jurors who were conflicted and actually thought that he was insane," he said.

During a three hour deliberation, they sent a note to the judge asking for advice.

"We actually sent a letter in for the judge to clarify, and so the judge sent back a statement clarifying the law," he said.

For Chris, the moment he decided on sanity came during a riveting moment of testimony.

"Shortly after he shot Khalid, the next door neighbor came out almost immediately and she heard him say to Khalid, 'I told you this was going to happen,' and so that statement in my mind let me know that he was in a right mind to where he knew what he had done and that there was consequence of his actions to Khalid," he said.

After deciding the sanity of Majors next up was the sentencing phase.

"You'd think that after we came up with a guilty decision it'd be pretty straightforward," he said.

But it wasn't. Some jurors wanted to express a hint of leniency.

"There was a couple of folks that decided that he should only get life in prison, not life without the possibility of parole and felt that that was too much, and the rest of us were just dumbfounded," he said.

Eventually, those jurors were won over in a concerted effort to send a message of support to the family of the victim.

"He had treated the family so badly for so many years and literally tormented this family. I mean literally tormented them," said Conner.

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