The mood is pensive and hopeful in the hallways outside of the courtroom where a jury is deliberating Dana Chandlers verdict.
I slept in knowing that nothing was going to happen until afternoon. I went to the courthouse and checked in with people, just as the jury was breaking for lunch. So I went and got some lunch as well.
Deliberations started yesterday, Thursday in the Dana Chandler trial. In my never unbiased mind, it’s a no-brained: the state failed miserably to prove their case. And the defense deftly destroyed with surgical precision what weak little case that prosecutor Charles Kitt came up with.
No physical evidence exists that places Dana at the scene or even in Topeka st the time of the murders. In facts, what DNA and fingerprints the cops did find actually excludes Dana as a suspect.
I think we will be hearing what the jury thinks sometime this afternoon. I’m not going to try to guess or figure out what the jury might be thinking. I was surprised to learn that they were all aware of the previous conviction, which I suppose they would have found out during the course of the trial anyway. But I think for a lot of people that’s a big obstacle to get around and remain objective.
The prosecution relied on emotion and appealing to sympathy while the defense stuck to facts and science and logic to prove their case.
And now the clock ticks……