Transcript for Arias Jury Foreman: '18 Days of Testimony Hurt Her'
Let's bring in now the jury foreman, bill zervakis. You said you had a hard time believing she would be capable of doing this just looking at her? Yeah, that's true. I mean when I walked in the courtroom the first time and looked at who the defendant was, you know, it's hard to put that in perspective when you look at a young woman and think of the crime and then you see the brutality of the crime, it just doesn't wash. So it's very difficult to divert -- divest yourself of the personal, from the emotional part of it. You did find her guilty of killing another man and taking another life. You said you did not believe her story that she murdered travis alexander in self-defense. But you say you do believe that travis alexander did emotionally and mentally abuse jodi? I'm very sure in my own mind that she was mentally and verb verbally abused. Now, is that an excuse? Of course, not. Does it factor in the decisions that we make, it has to. Do you think she did herself any favors on the stand, there's been a lot of debate over whether those 18 days of testimony helped or hurt her. No, I think 18 days hurt her. I think she was not a good witne witness. Because? We go into -- we're charged with going in to presuming innocence, right? But she was on the stand for so long there were so many contradicting stories, I think the way the prosecutor was with her, he's known for an aggressive style. I think it was very hard -- i think it would be difficult for anybody. I don't think I want to sit on the stand for 18 days, but i don't think it did herny good, no. That length of time, no, I don't think it did her any good at all. The most gut-wrenching part was listening to the family of travis alexander talk about their loss. What was that like? Yeah, that's a great question, elizabeth, if only i had a good answer. Until you're face to face with people who have gone through something like that, it's something that you really can't put into words. I'm six feet away from somebody talking about a horrendous loss, and if you can't feel that, then you have no emotion, no soul and yet we couldn't allow ourselves to be emotional on the stand. We couldn't allow ourselves to show emotion though I came through and I am very proud of my peers and jurors who were with us because they did a fantastic job of holding it together. Different story once we got back in the jury room. It was a gut-wrenching thing that we had to go through and everybody had to make their own decision. Bill, thank you so much for your service on the jury, and for joining us this morning. We appreciate it. Well, it was my pleasure. Thank you.
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