NORMAN — The conviction was the easy part.
The mutilated body of Jamie Rose Bolin was found stuffed in a plastic storage tub in Kevin Ray Underwood's apartment in Purcell in April 2006. There was a detailed video confession in which Underwood spared no details about his crime.
Defense attorneys, who did not present a case or even cross-examine most witnesses, told jurors they expected them to find their client guilty.
When closing arguments were made, it took the seven-man, five-woman jury only about 25 minutes to return a guilty verdict. The deliberation between life and death, however, was much different.
The same jury that came back with a guilty verdict after 25 minutes was sequestered in the deliberation room for 8 hours and 15 minutes before they were able to come to a consensus on punishment.
"It was getting to the point where if we didn't come to a decision (Friday night), it was going to take a couple more days,” said Ryan Gadberry, 22, a juror.
The capital murder trial was the first jury duty for Gadberry, and it disturbed the Chesapeake Energy welder more than he thought
"I wouldn't have wished this on anybody,” he said, referring to the horrific images he can't seem to shake. "I haven't slept in three weeks, man. I'm going to have to talk to my pastor about it this weekend.”
Juror Claudette Brumit said there's a big difference between just saying that you don't oppose the death penalty and actually deciding that someone should die.
When closing statements concluded, Brumit said, she was not in agreement with the majority.
Most of the jurors were ready to take a vote immediately, but Brumit said she was not ready for that and needed to talk about it first.