Juror In Mattapan Murders Would Have Convicted, Calls Holdout ‘Perverted’
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BOSTON (CBS) – One of the jurors in the Mattapan massacre trial said Friday that a lone holdout kept defendant Dwayne Moore from being convicted of murder.
On Thursday, the jury found Moore’s co-defendant, Edward Washington not guilty of the 2010 murders. The judge was forced to declare a mistrial on the charges against Moore after jurors were unable to come to a consensus on his charges.
The judge noted that all except one of the jurors were able to agree on the charges against Moore.
A juror who spoke to WBZ-TV but did not want to be identified, expressed anger and frustration, saying eleven jurors felt there was enough evidence to convict Moore, but the lone holdout refused to acknowledge that evidence.
“This is perverted. I mean, in all honesty, you have eleven people who are looking at the same evidence as one person. It’s one thing to say I disagree,” the juror said.
“It’s one thing to say based on the evidence I see, I came to this conclusion. But when you’re not willing to show a single piece of evidence as to why you came to a certain conclusion, that’s perverted.”
When asked why the juror was holding up everyone else, he said, “I don’t know, maybe she liked the food we were getting.”
The juror also talked to WBZ about the rigors of the trial and deliberations, describing the ordeal as exhausting.
“There were a couple times I just broke down and cried on the final day. It was just to the point where I was just so emotionally drained,” the juror said.
“Again, it’s not just the victims, not just the testimony, not just the victims, not just what happens; it just gets to the point where you can’t take it anymore.”
That juror said there was not enough evidence to convict Washington, but plenty to put Moore at the scene of the murders.
“I had to look at the evidence. I couldn’t think of him as a person. I couldn’t think of his past. I had to look at the evidence we were given based on how the case was presented,” the juror said.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.