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Jurors speak about Senser verdict, trial experience

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A juror involved the Amy Senser trial spoke with FOX 9 News about the trial that captivated the metro area, explaining what happened during deliberations and what led them to a guilty verdict.

"The big thing that we had decided as a jury early on is that we believed the answer was in the room," explained Jay Larson. "In other words, we had made a decision that we were not going to be a hung jury."

Ultimately, that jury found Senser guilty of two felonies -- criminal vehicular homicide charges related to fleeing the scene of a crash and failing to notify police -- in the death of Anousone Phanthavong.

When asked how they came to that conclusion, Seward said jurors simply didn't buy Senser's testimony. There were just too many holes in her story, too many inconsistencies.

"Once she testified, for example, that she had the opportunity to and looked back in her mirror and didn't see anything -- if you look at very specific exhibits, you could see a car with flashing lights," Dwight Seward explained. "That seemed to be the point where everyone, there was an 'ah ha' moment."

Seward said the damage to her vehicle played a large role in her conviction; however, he said the jury simply did not have enough evidence to prove Senser was negligent in order to convict her on the third felony.

When asked how the trial impacted him, Seward said it was an emotional experience. In fact, he felt compelled to send a letter to the victims' family to express his condolences for their loss.

Senser faces up to four years in prison when she is sentenced in July.

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