2 versions of deputy's death created doubt for jurors

Jury defied 'gut,' 'instinct' and focused on law, forewoman says

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  • prelax Murray, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 4:52 a.m.

    It sounds like Roberto Roman's story had enough things that did not add up in his story to be considered credible. His background of multiple deportations and drug pushing make me question it more.

    I question the judge refusing so much evidence, and the jury's wish to not spend the night. It felt like a set-up.

    Definitely an injustice. One that will not easily be forgotten.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    I am disappointed if a murderer was let go. I am disappointed that there was too little evidence for a clear-cut case. But I am glad the jurors let him go if there were reasonable doubt.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    What didn't they understand about a confession? He only changed it after getting a lawyer and
    a dead witness. Have to agree with Wasatch Al, only I would conclude it was too much TV and all
    the CSI programs.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    The jurors did their job. That is our system of justice. They heard the evidence and returned a verdict. Don't like it, to bad. It is still the best system in the world. God bless America. To the jurors thank you for your service. I don't believe in criticizing juries. They took time away from family, friends, and work to serve. Kudos for that.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    Suspect was in the car. He admitted he did it. His fingerprints are on the weapon. He bragged about shooting a cop to a friend. The other suspect is conveniently dead. It sounds like this jury has watched "12 Angry Men" one to many times.

    Aug. 19, 2012 1:54 a.m.

    Romans Cadillac did 138 miles per hour on back country roads? Prove it.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:41 p.m.

    "But according to the stipulations we were under and what we were required to do by law, even though we felt that Roberto Roman could have definitely killed her, we didn't have the evidence beyond a reasonable doubt."

    Police tests on the shooting showed her brothers DNA in Romans car, but no fingerprints on the gun. They also found the shooting position was not like Roman said.

    Her brothers statement was not allowed as hearsay.

    The jury may of decided guilty, but the judge led them to that point in my opinion.

  • DeepintheHeart Lewisville, TX
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:12 p.m.

    Reasonable doubt seems to really have been stretched here. Conveniently blaming the victim's dead brother does not strike me as reasonable.