Tavares Fletcher is awaiting sentencing from a Madison County Circuit Court Judge. He was found guilty Thursday of attempted murder and robbery. The jury ruled Fletcher shot Meg Hall in the head outside her Huntsville Gymnastics Center in January of 2009.
Any of us could be called for jury duty, but not all of us will actually take a seat in a jury box. One of the people who sat in the jury during Fletcher’s trial talked with WHNT NEWS 19.
Michael Milly was on the jury with 10 women and one other man. He had never been on a jury before.
“I got the summons the day after my wife and I were talking about how we never have gotten a summons for jury duty,” said Milly.
Milly jokingly called his selection on the Fletcher jury a lesson for bringing it up. The electrical engineer says sitting in the jury taught him something in the end.
“A new respect for the law. Everyone sees the shows on television. There are a lot of similarities, but there are some differences that you don’t see in the TV crime dramas,” said Milly.
The husband and father says hearing the details of the case were a bit shocking. He says it was also interesting to see how the different parties in the trial included the jury in every step.
“All of the judges comments were pretty much all directed at us and all of the lawyer’s comments were all to us,” added Milly.
Milly said he did not feel pressure, but did feel something else.
“There’s some importance behind it. It felt like you are part of something that does matter,” added Milly.
The Fletcher trial lasted four days. Milly sat in his seat, looking back and forth between Fletcher and the victim’s family each day.
“The only time I ever caught any emotion at all from Mr. Fletcher was when his cousin Fedelis was on the stand. You could see his brow furrow and his eyes glare hatred,” added Milly.
Milly says there was no hatred among the 12 jurors during deliberations.
“It was very friendly. It was very professional. Everybody took their job seriously. I think everyone in that room looked at it as a job, or something that had to be done,” added Milly.
There was a point where some wrestled with coming to a verdict.
“There were some people who were confusing intent with premeditation. We really needed to have intent defined better,” added Milly.
Milly told WHNT NEWS 19 the hardest part about serving as a juror was not being connected. He says it was extremely hard to not watch television, get on the internet, or read the paper.
Judge Dennis O’Dell will sentence Fletcher on Monday, August 15.
This was a local trial that I was worried about this past week. Meg Hall was my ballet teacher for a couple of years when I was a kid. Hearing that she’d been shot in the face and then all the drama related to the case has been a little weird.