Scott jury foreman calls case 'tragic' - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Scott jury foreman calls case 'tragic'

Jeffrey Scott was found guilty of second degree murder Monday evening. Jeffrey Scott was found guilty of second degree murder Monday evening.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The foreman of the jury that convicted Jeffrey Scott of second degree murder spoke publicly about the case for the first time Tuesday.

It took jurors over six hours to convict Scott of murdering his wife Ashley, a Bolton High School teacher, in November of 2006.  Jurors were shown more than 40 photos of Ashley's bruised an battered body.

Monte Thames, a retired FedEx pilot, was the foreman of the jury.

"There was much anguish among the jurors," Thames said. "We were real sad for both sides.  It just seemed like a tragic situation."

Thames, who had never served on a jury before last week, said the prospect of being sequestered was a little frightening for all the jurors.

"Everyone was shocked," he said.  "No cell phones.  No TV."

Thames said all the jurors listened intently to the witnesses, trying to get at the truth of what happened

"We knew the seriousness that was involved," he said.

Thames said the whole thing was very stressful.

"The gravity of the trial itself - it weighed heavy on all of us," he said.

Thames said he didn't place much importance on the fact that Jeffrey Scott never took the stand, but would not say what impression he formed of Scott.  He also refused to say whey the jury chose second degree murder, or say how the voting went. 

Thames said he noticed the courtroom was especially crowded, but did not know who the family members were.

"The whole thing was just very sad," he said.

Thames said the trial was nothing like you see in Hollywood - it was real life.

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