Juror in the Sanchez murder trial speaks about her experiencePosted: Updated:
Yakima, WA - A juror who sat in the Jose Sanchez Junior double murder trial speaks out about her experience.
The woman who spoke with us asked that we protect her identity.
She doesn't regret her decision to serve on the jury, but the trial was long and emotionally draining.
She says it's something she couldn't go through again.
"It was extremely difficult. I was nervous. Some even said they were trembling," the juror told KNDO-TV in an exclusive interview.
She talked about the emotions she felt when the verdict in the murder trial was announced in the courtroom.
Sanchez was found guilty of the murders of 21-year-old Ricky Causor and his three-year-old daughter May Causor on Monday afternoon.
"The family was overwhelmed," she says, "There were a lot of tears. Some were applauding, so I think that was some comfort to me."
It's one of the more high profile cases in the history of Yakima County.
The trial lasted five weeks that the juror says she will never forget.
"It becomes real to you. It's not something that you see on TV, through the media, or read about."
She says the jury became close during the trial. They were together for seven or eight hours a day, sometimes literally locked into a jury room.
"You get to know and care about them," she says, "They are the only people that you see on a daily basis for five weeks."
It took only a day a half for the jury to reach a guilty verdict in the Sanchez case, but the juror says that was the hardest part.
She says while there was no direct physical evidence linking Sanchez to the murders. Eyewitness accounts and other circumstantial evidence were too overwhelming to ignore.
"When we made the decision in the deliberation room, a lot of people cried," the juror says, "It was incredibly difficult.
This woman was one of 12 jurors and two alternates that were selected from a pool of more than 150-people.
That's the largest jury pool for any case in Yakima County history.
Jose Sanchez Junior is waiting sentencing right now and is expected to get life in prison without parole.