Pattison Juror Sheds Light On What Led To Guilty Verdict

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 7:36 PM EDT

WABASH COUNTY, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- One of the jurors in the Scott Pattison murder trial says five people on the panel had to have their minds changed from not guilty to guilty before a verdict could be reached.

Jeff Neumeyer sat down with the juror on Thursday for insight into the closed-door deliberations.

Don Wampler says he started feeling nauseous during closing arguments in the Wabash County trial, then felt a tremendous burden when the 12-member panel retired to decide Pattison's fate.

Wampler says the first preliminary vote taken in the jury room came out seven guilty, five not guilty.

Scott Pattison claimed he returned to his LaFontaine Indiana home July 2nd of last year and found his wife Lisa unresponsive under a barbell on a weight machine.

Wampler says after that first vote, the group returned to the emptied out courtroom where the exercise equipment was set up.

He says a female juror, even smaller than Lisa Pattison, climbed under the barbell on a track for an experiment on whether the victim could have become trapped under the bar on her own.

Don Wampler/Pattison Juror: " We sat the weight on her and told her to see if she could get out and she rolled her hips right off the side of it and right off she came, and she did it twice, we had her do it twice just to make sure it wasn't a fluke.”

Wampler says that experiment converted three jurors to guilty and that two more eventually changed their stance after more discussion and review of trial notes.

Wampler says he never concerned himself with how much prison time Pattison might get upon a conviction.

Instead, he focused on the evidence that he felt was very convincing of murder.

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