Posted on June 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Friday, Jun 14 at 11:03 AM
PHOENIX -- For the last five months, Bill Zervakos has been known only as Juror No. 18, the jury foreman in Jodi Arias' sensational and salacious murder trial.
Now, Zervakos is stepping forward to publicly acknowledge for the first time that he was one of the four jurors who voted against the death penalty.
"It was simply the most difficult situation I've ever been in in my life," he said.
Zervakos said he thought there were three mitigating factors: Arias' age and lack of criminal history, her "dysfunctional family" and he says he believes Travis Alexendar verbally and mentally abused Arias.
Zervakos described the relationship between Arias and her lover Alexander as "toxic."
"He didn't deserve to die," Zervakos said. "Jodi has got to pay for it and she's going to."
Zervakos also talked about the criticism, ridicule and even threats that have been directed at him since the mistrial was declared last month.
"People who make stupid remarks are not worth wasting time with," he said.
"We didn't become friends in there," Zervakos said of his fellow jurors. "We had a lot of respect for each other. I respect all of them, although I disagree with eight of them. I think everybody did absolutely the best job that they could in the situation that we were in."