A juror from the Taybronne White murder trial is defending the conviction and sentencing.
Rick Dilelio says they didn't want to find White guilty, but the evidence was simply overwhelming. Dilelio says race was not an issue in the case, nor was evidence tampering.
Jurors spent five hours behind closed doors deliberating White’s fate. Dilelio says the discussion was civil - they talked about lingering questions and took a poll on where everyone stood.
He says what sealed the deal on the murder convictions was the DNA evidence presented. He adds the evidence that was tampered with was not central to the case.
"That may have had a bearing on some of DNA evidence that was missing but any evidence, the shirt that had his DNA on it, nothing tampered with there. The gun, nothing tampered with,” Dilelio said.
Investigators say White shot and killed Brian Lee Daniels, Dustin Knighton, and Lisa Hwang in May 2011. Their bodies were found in the middle of Octonia Road in Stanardsville.
Police say White killed them after a home invasion and robbery on Ford Avenue, just over a mile away. Because of this, Dilelio says – though the jury did not find them at fault – he believes they voluntarily places themselves in that situation.
“It wasn’t as if he dragged somebody off the street. Those people in that vehicle knew what they were doing that night. They were all there because there's was something to be gained,” he said.
This was Dilelio's first time on a jury. He says it was very hard to judge someone and no one took it lightly.
The jury spent three weeks on the White case. Dilelio says he's happy the judge upheld the jury's recommended sentence of 76 years.
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