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Former juror reflects on hung jury, takes notes to show transparency in court

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Aug 07 2013 08:24:41 PM CDT
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Diane Weggeland followed the Mark Duenas murder trial closely.

Weggeland and her friend Wendy served together as jurors on the Vanessa Williamson murder trial back in 2012.

The jury was hung 11-1 for guilty, but the jury said they were "hopelessly deadlocked" and the judge declared a mistrial.

Later, Williams was retried, found guilty of murder, sentenced to life in prison.

Weggeland said that since the trial, she has become interested in other 'high-profile' cases and has believed since the beginning that the Duenas trial could result in a mistrial.

Weggeland and Wendy have sat together since day one of testimony, taking copious amounts of notes to share with the public what attorneys and witnesses said.

Weggeland said with so much going on in the courtroom, it is easy for people to get lost with what is being said, so they decided to share it all on the Internet.

"There's a lot of emotion between the defense and prosecution and the family members and with all that going on some of the words can actually be lost I think," explained Weggeland.

She said that while the trial process can be tough on the family, it can also be emotional for jurors as well.

"We're there for justice," Weggeland said. "It doesn't matter to me who spends time in prison or not, it's not win or lose, it's just about figuring out what the parts of the case are."

Duenas' retrial is scheduled to begin on October 1 and Weggeland said she plans to be there.

To view Weggeland's and Wendy's website you can go to shastaweb.net/duenas.