Juror in Caronna Trial Speaks About Deliberations
(Memphis) For nine days, Jeanna Johnson-Ford sat in a windowless courtroom as attorneys described how Joe Caronna suffocated his wife to death.
They said Caronna was at risk of being exposed as a financial and marital cheater.
“It was tough, but I knew I had a job to do,” said Johnson-Ford.
It was up to her and eleven others to put him away for good, or let him go back home.
“It was pretty fast I mean the evidence was already clear, and we had no problem making a decision,” said Johnson-Ford.
After listening to more than 60 witnesses including mistresses and Tina’s heartbroken family members, jurors went back to a tiny room to make the ultimate decision about Caronna’s fate.
Johnson-Ford says they all wrote down guilty or innocent on a slip of paper, “Everybody wrote, folded their paper up, threw it in the pile and that was it.”
Not one person wrote innocent, and less than two hours later the defense knew the jury didn’t buy their story about a botched police investigation.
Johnson-Ford says the decision was simple really, “It was the minute stuff that you say. Ok his alibis aren’t adding up. His phone records say he’s here, but then he says he’s over here.”
She says jurors believed the jailhouse snitch who said Caronna confessed to him.
The juror says the informant’s emotion made him believable, and Johnson-Ford knows all about emotion.
For over a week she had to be away from her husband and twin boys, “I had several nights where I was boohooing crying because I was away from my family.”
But she says she will miss her fellow because they got pretty close after nine days of being together night and day.
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