When I heard that the verdict was coming at 4, I kinda went into this protection mode. I decided to go to the pool with some friends and watch it unfold on my phone. I did this because I wanted to be around people for comfort (which I really don’t like a lot of people in general but today…) though if I started to bawl my eyes out no one would notice! Yes. I know it sounds bizarre but that was my comfort and defense strategy. So, I check my phone and tears started to stream down my face. I literally did laps in the pool to disguise my tears and anger. Now I am with my mom and she knows about how much I care about James, and mental illness issues in general. I pray that there will come a day that society treats mental illness as a real illness.
I am sorry Arlene that the jury failed your son! Dr. Fenton failed your son! Society failed your son!
Today, I am ashamed of the jury! Someone bullied them and let themselve be bullied because the jury just wants it to be over. There is someone on that jury that buckled. If this man is sentenced to death , you will forever hear in your head “I should have spoke up” It took longer for us to deliberate on my jury case and it was one count of murder! So, juror(s) you better do the right thing and not sentence a mentally ill man to death.