By Casey Harper – A juror in the trial of the Boston Bomber is having second thoughts.
Kevan Fagan, one of the 12 jurors who sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death in May, said that if he had known that many family member’s of the victims didn’t want the death penalty, it probably would have changed his vote.
“If I had known that, I probably — I probably would change my vote,” Fagan said in the interview with WBUR. “But then again, if I knew that I wouldn’t be on the jury either.”
But Fagan was not allowed to read media reports of the trial, so he didn’t know.
“If I went out of my way and disrespected the judge and went against his orders about researching things. That wouldn’t have been very fair or judicious of me,” Fagan said.
Fagan said he would have especially been swayed by the fact that the family of the youngest victim, an eight-year-old boy, wanted the bomber to get life in prison.
Prosecutors used the death of the boy to argue that Tsarnaev should receive death.
Prosecutors also pointed to evidence that Tsarnaev planned the attack and was motivated by anger over the U.S. actions in Muslim countries, something he wrote on the side of a boat just before his capture.
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