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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."


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