Willis juror: Heeringa case 'like a Lego set'


MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A juror said he wasn't initially certain Jeffrey Willis kidnapped Jessica Heeringa from the Norton Shores gas station where she worked in April 2013 and killed her, but as Willis' trial wore on, it became clear that he was guilty.

"I'd be surprised if it doesn't stick with me till the day I die," the jurors, who didn't want to be identified, told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday. "Just the magnitude of what this is for this community … it's a tough thing for everybody."

At the end of his trial last month, it took the jury 90 minutes to convict Willis. The juror said he's "confident" they made the right decision.

"Ultimately, we made a decision based on evidence that was presented during this trial and for no other reason was Jeffrey Willis found guilty," the juror said.

The juror says he listened to days of evidence and testimony before making up his mind. He wondered at one point if the prosecutor, relying on 201 pieces of circumstantial evidence in the absence of DNA or ballistics, would connect all the dots.

Full story: WOOD TV


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