Jerome R. Blystone, who spent three weeks on the jury that tried the $10 million civil lawsuit against David K. Davoudlarian, M.D., went bowling yesterday and painted his back porch.
Jack Rhoades, one of two attorneys who defended the doctor in the case that ended in a mistrial Monday, tried to sift through the mound of work on his desk, but said he couldn't concentrate: "It's just been difficult to shift my mind back to other subject matter."
Peter Greenspun, one of the attorneys who brought the suit in Fairfax County Circuit Court accusing Davoudlarian of strangling his wife, Susan, went to traffic court and negotiated a plea for a client on a drunk driving charge.
And Davoudlarian, the gynecologist who spent much of the last three weeks denying the assertions of people who argued that he killed his wife, made rounds at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital yesterday, then went to his office and saw patients.
The people whose lives have been dominated by the trial since April 1 tried to ignore the fact that the courtroom drama that had just about everything -- a killing, sobbing relatives, extramarital affairs, surprise witnesses -- apparently also will have something everyone involved could do without: an encore.
Circuit Judge Lewis H. Griffith said Monday the case will be scheduled for retrial this summer. That will be slightly more than two years since the nude body of Susan S. Davoudlarian, 40, was found in her station wagon parked at Dulles International Airport.
Some principals in the unusual and complex lawsuit brought by Susan Davoudlarian's estate shared their reflections on it yesterday.
James M. Beczkiewicz, 29, one of the seven jurors, said he had seen Davoudlarian on the television news claiming "exoneration" after the mistrial was declared when the jury deadlocked 5 to 2 against the doctor, unable to agree whether he had strangled his wife.
"I turned it off and thought . . . " 'You have no reason to feel exonerated,' " Beczkiewicz said, echoing the feelings of three of the jurors interviewed since the trial ended.
Davoudlarian and his attorneys continued to claim victory yesterday.
Plato Cacheris, the doctor's other defense attorney, said he marked the mistrial Monday night with a bottle of Dom Perignon. "I celebrated," he said.
Jurors refused to identify the two members of their panel who were not convinced the doctor killed his wife, but did say that one of those said during deliberations that he thought there was simply not enough evidence to prove the accusation.
The other juror sided with Davoudlarian because he took the stand in his own defense, jurors said.
Susan Davoudlarian's two daughters from her first marriage, Susan and Claire Rooney, prepared to return to school today, in Boston and North Carolina respectively. They have filed a second civil suit accusing their stepfather of strangling their mother and seeking to block him from collecting $750,000 worth of insurance and property.
Marlin Stewart, Susan Davoudlarian's father, headed home to Fayetteville, N.C.
And the attorneys who brought the estate's suit said they will have no trouble mustering renewed enthusiasm when the time comes to retry it.
"If anything, we feel encouraged as opposed to discouraged by the results," said Greenspun. "We're going to continue investigating."
Told that one of his adversaries had celebrated with champagne, Greenspun laughed and said: "That's fine, let them celebrate. We'll work and they can celebrate."