Juror reveals challenges, conflicts in federal agent murder trialUPDATED 6:58 PM HST Aug 27, 2013Video Transcript
and a half -- with wall-to-wall media coverage and a witness list a mile long. In the middle of the madness... 12 jurors: 8 men and 4 women. Tonight, the foreman in the murder trial of a federal agent, spoke to KITV4's Lara Yamada. Who joins us with more. Lara. 8 to ACQUIT -- 4 to CONVICT. That's how it ended in DEADLOCK.... in special agent Christopher Deedy's murder trial. But for the jury of teachers, engineers, and government workers ... this was a job that stretched their patience... and tested their souls. 146-51 When we were deliberating. It was getting heated! We were like what are you doing? Why!? Justin Odagiri: 30 years old. Becoming the foreman -- a manager, a unifier -- for the 12 people tasked with deciding Special Agent Christopher Deedy's fate. 20-30 Every day, I came home exhausted, because were arguing every day with people for seven hours. It was just draining. He says they entered with an open mind, determined to listen to what each and every one had to say. But the graphic images quickly weighed heavily on jurors, especially knowing Kollin Elderts' family was watching too. 1606-12 That video just keeps playing for all of us, we're all saying we don't want to ever eat McDonald's again, you know what I mean! Odagiri says during nearly 6 days of deliberations, for the first few days it was an even split: 6-6. But by last Wednesday: one had changed their mind, another stood undecided. And he says, that's how it stayed. 837 We kept doing votes throughout it. He says they communicated five times with Judge Karen Ahn: asking her about defining self-defense, letting them know when jurors were sick, and by Monday morning, sending their 4th communication, to tell Ahn they were deadlocked. 1503-08 We didn't reach a conclusion, but it was good to see that everyone stood there ground, even though it would have been nice to reach a verdict. Odagiri says this was his second stint as a juror. And despite the grueling seven-week experience, he says he was glad to be part of such an important case ... as another jury prepares for their chance... to decide. 1715-22 Go do your civil duty, sit through that, and maybe you'll have a different view on how the law works. Odagiri says after word they were deadlocked... judge Ahn asked jurors to keep deliberating. They did -- for a few more hours -- with no luck. Still, he says he's proud of his fellow jurors - and despite heated arguments IN the deliberating room -- OUTSIDE they treated each other like family. Odagiri says there were TWO MAIN POINTS jurors just could not agree on. Coming up tonight at six... those sticking points... that ultimately led to DEADLOCK. Back to you.