Lisa Christensen, an alternate juror in the Derek Chauvin murder case, admitted this week that she was worried about people showing up at her door if they weren’t happy with the verdict handed down.
What are the details?
Christensen spoke with KARE-TV, where she recalled her experience as an alternate juror in the nation’s most-talked about murder case.
She told the station that her heart “broke a little” when the judge told her she would serve only as an alternate juror, as she had “mixed feelings” about being on the trial.
“There was a question on the questionnaire about [wanting to be on the jury] and I put I did not know,” she said. “The reason, at that time, was I did not know what the outcome was going to be, so I felt like either way, you are going to disappoint one group or the other. I did not want to go through rioting and destruction again, and I was concerned about people coming to my house if they were not happy with the verdict.”
Christensen added that she ultimately would have voted guilty.
“I feel like Chauvin is responsible for Mr. Floyd’s death,” she said. “I did consider the defense’s points about the enlarged heart, the narrowing of the arteries, the drug use. But regardless, I do not think he would have passed away on that day at that time [if it weren’t for Chauvin].”
She added, “The videos are what really nailed it.”
What about the Floyd family?
Christensen said that if she could tell the Floyd family anything, she would apologize.
“I really feel their pain and their struggle,” she said. “I have not personally been to 38th and Chicago [where Floyd died], but I think I will. It will be the final closure for me to pay my respects and let George Floyd know that we did the best we could.”
She said that she also feels compassion for Chauvin.
“I am sad for him too. I wish it didn’t have to happen,” Christensen added. “I do not know how it goes from a $20 counterfeit bill to somebody dying. He should have just written him a ticket and let him go. I think it got out of hand quick.”