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10/28/03

Roberts Juror Talks

It's been nearly a week since 12 jurors sentenced Tyree Roberts to death for killing Beaufort County sheriff's deputies LCpl. Dana Tate and Cpl. AJ Coursen. WTOC spoke to one of the jurors about the verdict and the sentence, and Bruce Batastini tells us it certainly was difficult, but he says it's a decision he sticks by.

"It's something that wasn't easy, but we worked through it," he said. "I feel very comfortable with our decision."

Reaching that decision wasn't easy for the jurors, because they had to take so many different things into account. "It was a lot of things, just like a puzzle," said Batastini. "It wasn't just one thing."

Through the whole trial, Batastini says he relied on a number of things, including his new friends to get him through. "Little prayer, 13 new friends, we all kind of came together the first day," he said. "It was an amazing thing."

Now, after spending three weeks doing nothing but listening to the evidence and weighing it out, Batastini says he's finally getting his life back in order. "Being sequestered was pretty tough, but now being with friends and family, it's getting back to normal," he said.

But he says a part of this trial will always stay with him, especially a new appreciation for law enforcement. "I have a new sense of law enforcement agents. I tell you, I have a whole new respect for them. May God bless them."

Batastini says the jurors all plan on keeping in touch with one another. Roberts is on death row. He's scheduled to be executed on December 22. He has only four days left to appeal the sentence.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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