James Beczkiewicz, who was on the jury that deadlocked yesterday in the Davoudlarian civil suit, said it was the question of where Susan Davoudlarian was killed, rather than the voluminous testimony about the state of the Davoudlarian marriage, that carried the greatest weight in the jurors' deliberations.
Much of the testimony from neighbors that the Davoudlarian marriage was rocky was of little importance to the seven jurors, said Beczkiewicz, a 29-year-old financial planner.
Those who thought Davoudlarian killed his wife, Beczkiewicz said, also felt certain "that she was killed in bed at home, thus by the doctor."
The most persuasive evidence of that, he said, included the fact that her body showed no signs of struggle or defensive wounds; that there was no sign of struggle in her car, where her body was found; that she was strangled from behind, and that the doctor testified that the last time he saw her she was nude, and she was nude when found.
Those who thought the evidence insufficient, he said, "felt there were still too many other possibilities, that she could have in fact left the house and been killed" elsewhere.
Beczkiewicz, who would not say which way he voted, said one of the two who sided with Davoudlarian did so because the doctor testified on his own behalf.
That juror "said that had Davoudlarian not taken the stand, he would have voted for the plaintiff," Beczkiewicz said.
The split was originally 4 to 3 against the doctor, Beczkiewicz said.
He also said that attorneys for the estate failed to convince the jury that Davoudlarian's temper was a particular problem. "We heard about one case a lot," he said, referring to a story of Davoudlarian's exploding at a waiter at a local restaurant three years ago. "If that's the case -- if a blowup three years ago means someone killed his wife -- then I've killed a hundred people."