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Alternate juror recounts Derek Chauvin trial, moment that ‘really got to me’ – NBC News

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Lisa Christensen was an alternate juror in Derek Chauvin’s trial but said she agrees that the former Minneapolis police officer is guilty of murder in George Floyd’s death.

“I felt he was guilty,” she said in an interview that aired Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”

“I didn’t know if he was going to be guilty on all counts but I would have said guilty,” Christensen added.

Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter. The 12-person jury delivered the unanimous verdict following three weeks of witness testimony.

Under Minnesota law, Chauvin would serve no more than 40 years in prison.

Christensen lives in Brooklyn Center, where Daunte Wright was fatally shot by police April 11. She said on “CBS This Morning” that protests in the city did not play a role in her believing Chauvin is guilty.

Christensen said she was nervous about being selected for the trial because she knew that “no matter what, somebody wasn’t going to be happy.” Floyd’s death May 25, captured on cellphone video, sparked protests around the country and the world.

“I was worried about, you know, whatever the verdict may be, if some people felt strongly on one side, other people felt strongly on the other side,” she explained.

But, for Christensen, the prosecution made a “really good, strong argument.”

“Dr. Tobin was the one that really did it for me,” she said, referring to Dr. Martin Tobin, a world-renowned expert on breathing.

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Tobin testified that, by his calculation, he believes 91.5 pounds — half of Chauvin’s body weight and half the weight of his gear — were on Floyd’s neck at one point.

“This means that all of his body weight is being directed down at Mr. Floyd’s neck,” Tobin said.

Christensen said on “CBS This Morning” that Tobin’s testimony really explained things.

“I understood it, down to where he said this is the moment that he lost his life really got to me,” she said.

The defense, according to Christensen, did not have a good impact and “overpromised in the beginning.”

Prior to the trial, Christensen said she had never watched the entire video of Floyd’s arrest. She said seeing it, especially from different angles, made her teary-eyed.

She also commented on how she made eye contact with Chauvin several times during the trial, saying it made her “pretty uncomfortable.”

“I felt like he was the leader and the other officers were following his lead. I kind of felt like he wasn’t taking the warnings seriously, obviously, kind of like, ‘I know what I’m doing,'” she explained.

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