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Juror reflects on convicting Esar Met of child’s murder

Guilty » The Burmese refugee was convicted of child kidnapping and aggravated murder in the 2008 slaying of 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo.

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Today, Andrizzi’s life is far away from the graphic and emotional testimony he was asked to absorb for two weeks.

In the courtroom, Andrizzi was known as Juror Number 6. At home, Andrizzi is father and husband. At work, he prepares legal documents.

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He said he did his best to separate himself from the case — something all jurors found difficult. Especially those with small children at home.

Andrizzi’s daughter is just 5 months old.

"It was a rough two weeks of testimony," he said. "The worst was listening to [the victim’s] mom and dad. That was a really hard time."

Several jurors broke down crying during prosecutors’ closing remarks. Upon reentering the courtroom, two women clutched tissues and all the jurors looked spent.

But Andrizzi said he has no regrets.

"We all wanted to feel the decision we were making was 100 percent the right one," he said. "I know I still do. ... It affected all of us in different ways, but, I think, in the end we all felt confident walking out with a [guilty] verdict."


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