CENTREVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - About one week after telling the judge they were deadlocked, thejurors in the murder and child abuse trial of Anthony and MarshaSpringer made a decision.
But it wasn't easy, they said Tuesday night.
The Springers were found guilty of child abuse and torture, butnot murder. Anthony and Marsha Springer were tried on first-degreemurder and Anthony faced an additional charge for second-degreemurder.
Seven of the 12 jurors sat down with 24 Hour News 8 to talkabout the decision.
"It wasn't all black and white," juror Melissa Dekoff said."There was a lot of grays, so I can't really give you a timelinefor how things went. We just had a lot of stuff to sort through anddecide about. It was difficult, it was long and it wascomplicated."
The couple's 16-year-old daughter, Calista, died chained to herbed when the house caught fire in 2008. The Springers contend theychained her to keep her safe at night because she was a troubledchild.
At times, the evidence and testimony was hard to handle, jurorssaid.
"All the evidence that we got on the Tuesday -- it (stuck) withme," juror Desiree Tucker said. "Even the smell of some of theevidence."
Part of the challenge in finding a verdict was theinterpretation of the law.
"There's a lot of emotion in that word," juror Jessica Hurstsaid. "And so, it took a long time to set aside our own imagining,our own thoughts about what 'torture' meant and look at what thelaw said."
The Springers stood hugging in the courtroom following theverdict before deputies led them away.
"Something had to be done," said Suzanne Langdon, AnthonySpringer's mother and Calista's grandmother. "It wasn't right.Calista didn't deserve to die like that. She really didn't --nobody does."
Said Tucker of Calista: "She was different, she wasn't less. Ikept saying that -- Calista was different, not less."
All but one of the seven jurors are parents, and said theSpringers' actions were hard to understand.
"I think as a parent, it's very hard to see that your childneeds help, and not know what to do for them," juror JessicaSundberg said. "But it doesn't excuse the Springers' actions."
The medical examiner testified it did not appear Calistastruggled, but the circumstances surrounding her death are memoriesall the jurors agreed they will never forget.
"I struggled with that," Tucker said. "The only thing that givesme comfort is actually hoping she was asleep."
Torture carries a sentence of up to life in prison andfirst-degree child abuse carries up to 15 years.
Judge Paul Stutesman revoked the Springers' bond and they weretaken into custody. The couple is set to be sentenced April 16.
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Police are offering up to $20,000 in rewards for information leading to convictions.
This week on To the Point, 24 Hour News 8's Rick Albin talks with Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from St. Joseph.