LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- Five jurors presented with new evidence in a 20-year-old murder case said they would have voted for acquittal had they been more informed at the time.
"I am saddened, as well as angered, that the evidence ... was not presented to the jury," juror Lorraine Maxwell said in a sworn statement filed in federal court after she learned of new crime-scene evidence and the existence of a second suspect in the case of Bruce Lisker, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Lisker was convicted as a teenager in the 1983 murder of his 66-year-old mother in her Sherman Oaks home.
Juror Linda R. Kelly said she became physically ill after reading a Los Angeles Times investigative report Sunday revealing a host of findings that contradicted the case presented by prosecutors at trial. "Even just talking about it now, I'm getting all teared up. I just hate to think that I was a party to this," Kelly said.
Among the new evidence is an LAPD analysis indicating a bloody footprint found in Dorka Lisker's home originally attributed to her son did not match the shoes he was wearing at the time.