Lorraine Robinson of Charleston also served on that jury. She said she remembers the case well and has changed her mind about Stewart.
"Now it seems there's more evidence about why she did it," said Robinson, 82. "I'm definitely glad this has happened. And I'm glad she got less than what she would have.
"That's wonderful," she said. "I'm absolutely glad she got home confinement. Anybody who puts up with that, yes."
But Steven Bowles of St. Albans said he wouldn't have voted on Stewart's case any differently if he had known about the domestic violence. He admits he hadn't heard much about the case since he sat on the jury three and a half years ago.
"That's ridiculous," he said, when told about the case's history and outcome. "And she pleaded guilty, she said she did it. You still don't have the right to kill someone."
Bowles said he recalls listening to the testimony from Stewart and nurses in the hospital.
"None of them agreed with her story, that he reached up and grabbed her and the gun went off," he said. "That's what made my decision for me."
But it wasn't easy for the jurors to agree, he said.
"It was very difficult to come to a decision," Bowles said. "The majority of us wanted to give her life without mercy. But basically, after long deliberations we decided on mercy.
"Personally, I think you have the right to defend yourself," he said. "If he would have come home and been beating on her, but to go in and shoot him while he was defenseless, no."
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