Juror Says He Was Coerced Into Guilty Verdict; 2nd Juror Speaks Out

A juror in the James Richardson double murder trial says he was coerced into giving a guilty verdict. But another juror, who is also African American, doesn't feel there was any pressure in the jury room.

Lamuel Anderson first talked on WOOW radio station in Greenville Thursday morning and is speaking to the media about his concerns.

Anderson said he did not believe there was evidence tying Richardson to the white BMW.

Click the video at the top of this story to see video of the juror's interview this morning.

District Attorney Clark Everett says despite Anderson's claims the verdict announced Wednesday afternoon won't change. "The juror was personally polled and ascended every question. That was his verdict and as I understand the law, the jury's verdict stands." Everett said otherwise any juror could come out after the trial, and in his words, "upset the case."

Anderson was one of two African Americans on the jury, which also included a Hispanic, a Pacific Islander and eight white individuals.

Anderson told WITN that he felt pressured and felt other jurors had already made up their minds. He said at one time three jurors felt Richardson was not guilty, but then after the weekend it became just him.

The juror, who earlier in the week had asked to be removed from the panel, says he hasn't been able to rest after verdict. He says he came forward because he felt there was an injustice and he couldn't live with the decision.

We attempted to contact the other jurors in the case, and many told us they just wanted to put the trial behind them.

But one juror did agree to speak with WITN's Brittany Gunter, as long as we didn't identify her.

The juror, who is an African American woman, says she doesn't think Anderson was pressured into reaching the guilty verdict, though he may feel that way.

"When it was over we all cried, every single one of us cried, it was not an easy decision, but we had to go with what we had," said the juror. "I think he should have said when the judge polled us, I think he should have said he was coerced, he wasn't comfortable making that decision, he should have said that."

Based on the juror coming forward Thursday, should James Richardson get a new trial?


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  • by deb a on Apr 17, 2011 at 02:25 PM
    B still AND know that HE alone is GOD. If your not ready, you betta get ready. Don't just praise him when things go your way, praise him all day and everyday. He's not looking for temporary Christians, he is looking for FULLTIME warriors.
  • by Tammy on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    People please! This man is so guilty. Look at the evidence. Stop it with your insane comments. He is where he needs to be.
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      by chris on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:06 PM in reply to Tammy
      how would u know???was u there??maybe u shot them Boy's...an what evidence??Greenville is jus ran by the KKK an judge DUKE THE HEAD LEADER....
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        by Tammy on Apr 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to chris
        Yes, I was there. Your comment is unbelievable and totally racist.
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        by BHG on May 9, 2011 at 03:17 AM in reply to chris
        Chris, With your attitude, you have no future to look forward to. Your life will be a struggle; you will live each day knowing that tomorrow will be just like today. If you have any goals, they are too far out of reach because you have not learned the basics. You are on track to being poor, in trouble, and uneducated just like thousands before you. It is obvious that you lack education; you are just as racist as the KKK ever was. The KKK is a thing of the past and you can’t let it be; as long as you let it live in your mind you will be a loser; what the KKK did in the past is no excuse for your life to be ruined unless you chose to dwell on the past and ignore the future that could be yours.
  • by roasa lee Location: grimesland, nc on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    we are in the end times 1 Peter 5:8-10 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
  • by jessica Location: nc on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    juror 12 Ephesians 6:10-17 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  • by keep the faith on Apr 14, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose.
  • by question on Apr 14, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    if people are so confident in their words, why don't they reveal their real names?
  • by deb anderson Location: nc on Apr 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    Your comments were exactly what I expected, You did not let me down. I did not expect anything less than what was received.Such narrow minded people such as yourselves are exactly what my husband faced in that jury room. Amazing thing is that you all are probably the same one's that dress up on Sunday and proclaim to be Christ like, but Monday through Friday you spew venom. Get thee behind me satan. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in you. Judge not lest ye be judged, all things happen for the GLORY of GOD, not MAN. GOD is behind all things that happen, working for a higher purpose according to HIS will, and his PLAN. 15 minutes of fame, please maybe this is how you live your life but those in my household do not need to be honored by any man walking on this earth, as long as we see favor in GOD's eyes that is our desire for our lives. You all sit behind your computer with your backwoods way of thinking, not knowing or wanting to fully know the truth about anything. My husband approached noone about this jury situation, the lawyer approached him, the investigator came to OUR home at 10 that night. My husband only agreed to do the radio interview per request, the media swarmed him. So before you sit behind your little computer and place comments about something you don't even know about, remember just as you sit in judgement GOD is sitting in judgement of YOU. Peace be upon you.
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      by Gray on Apr 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM in reply to deb anderson
      Mrs. Anderson , when your husband stood before the public and spoke is when he opened his life to the cticism he is receiving. He should have been a MAN and stood his ground, a real MAN would have. So don't get up here thinking that he is going to have followers that will rally with him. We leave that to you and the Richardson family. When you sat down behind your computer and even when you spoke you should have thought first of the repercussions. I actually don't see why the judge did not hold him in contempt for even talking about the case to you before the trial was over. So dear you can leave all the remarks you want, but don't get mad at the public for their comments, be mad at Lamuel for his actions..Now run and tell that
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        by jinny on Apr 14, 2011 at 04:52 PM in reply to Gray
        "I will conform to no man " Your husband's exact words but that is what he did . He is the only reason Richardson is in jail now if he truly thought he was innocent he would have held his ground. I hate to think i was the sole one who caused this "innocent" {HA HA} man to spend the rest of his life in prison What a coward
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          by sarah on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:15 PM in reply to jinny
          he would not have been free as you say because 11 others said guilty he would have been detained for another trial, juror 12 at least u came forward after to make your point known i respect that. to those in protest what is your verdict if your are so confident in your words.
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        by deb a on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:45 AM in reply to Gray
        ms gray, woman up and call me personally if you are so bold. u got the number
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          by Gray on Apr 16, 2011 at 01:10 PM in reply to deb a
          Now dear don't go getting mad, like I said it was your HUSBAND that opened this can of worms, so either go fishing or suck up the comments. How would I have your number and do you want all the commentators that have question your husband being coerced to call you to. Mama always told me Stupid is as Stupid does LOL. Now you soak it up or leave your number here and I will call ... Bless you dearie
  • by a new day Location: nc on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM
    If you have EVER had any problems with the Court System, or Law Enforcement Officials in Eastern North Carolina please email us at Anewdayoutreach@gmail.com it is time to stop the madness and put an end to this corruption.
  • by granny Location: greenville on Apr 12, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    He need to quit whining and man up and take his responcibility for his actions
  • by Doug Location: Hookerton on Apr 12, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    It is strange that inside the courtroom he stood in front of the judge, DA, Defense Attorney, Defendant, Court reporter, Clerks, Deputies, Fellow Jurors and the entire audiance in the courtroom and stated that his verdict was guilty. Afterwards when the sclu says that they are getting involved a black juror all of a sudden forgets he stood there under oath and said guilty now he wants to make all these accusations of being pressured. (shame on the other jurors for pointing guns at this one black juror) so as an attorney would say in court... When did you tell the truth and when did you LIE......
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