Why the Jury Voted Guilty

Attorney Kenneth Phillips interviewed jury foreman Don Newton after the trial. Among other things, Newton told Phillips that the jury simply did not believe Knoller’s claims that she took the dog to the roof and tried to save Whipple. Newton said that the jury believed that Knoller got covered in blood when she grabbed her dogs after¬†they killed Whipple.¬†

Newton repeatedly emphasized that the many contradictions in Knoller’s various comments about the mauling caused the jury to believe she was lying about just about everything. He said that her statements on the day of the killing, on Good Morning America two weeks later, at the grand jury hearing, and at the trial were completely inconsistent. For that reason, he said that the jury disbelieved her version of the mauling.

Newton said that there was a mountain of evidence that the dogs were dangerous. Furthmore, jurors were struck by the connection between the defendants and the prisoners at Pelican Bay. It is completely clear that the prisoners intended to raise and sell dangerous dogs. Given the involvement of the defendants in the prisoners’ business, the jurors believed that Knoller was lying when she said that she did not know that Bane and Hera were capable of killing a person.