I reported bright and early Monday morning along with many other potential jurors. I wasn't sure why so many were needed. Was it a BIG case? As my number was called, I was told to follow the group and report to Courtroom number 1. When the judge entered we were told that it was a murder case!! I couldn't believe it. As the jurors were selected, I started to relax. They had chosen 11 jurors so I was beginning to think they would get all of them before they got to me. Wrong. I was juror number 12. Then the judge asked me to be forelady!
The trial lasted 2 days. The evidence was overwhelming. I prayed the whole way through the trial. I wanted to hear what God wanted me to hear and make the right decision. As we started to deliberate. one of the jurors asked if anyone would mind if he prayed for us over this decision. No one minded. I was grateful. There was really no deliberation. Everyone was in total agreement right from the beginning. We found the man guilty of 1st degree and 2nd degree assault, 1st degree and 2nd degree murder. I had to stand up and read the decision. The courtroom was crowded. As the jurors walked out of the courtroom, I spoke to the young man who had prayed and thanked him. I didn't know the names of any of the other jurors. I introduced myself. As he told me his name, I realized that I know his cousins, and his uncle and aunt. We have several friends in common. The 5th Monday was April 30th and I didn't have to report. My jury duty is over until the next time I'm called.
Now onto much more pleasant things like spring and bunnies and grandchildren!