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Graham Juror: "I Would Have Voted for Murder One."

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For the first time, we hear from a juror in the Jordan Graham case, and not just about the sentence handed down on Thursday.

The juror weighs in on the last-minute decision for graham to enter a plea deal.

She says she wasn't happy about either situation.

Cathy Hedges was the first juror seated on the panel that was supposed to decide Jordan Graham's fate.

For four days, she sat in court and listened to both sides make their case.

On December 12th, Hedges and her peers returned to the courtroom.

"We thought we were going to get jury instructions. we came into court and found out a plea deal was struck."

"I was exasperated. After listening to all that testimony and all that time, and all that time off work for all us jurors, I just felt she should have done a plea deal before all that time and expense had gone into it."

Graham pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second degree murder, and prosecutors agreed to drop the charge of first degree or premeditated murder.

"I would have voted for murder one. I felt it was premeditated. I don't believe there was an argument on the cliff. I believe she blindfolded him, and I believe she pushed him from his back down the cliff."

Hedges came to Thursday's sentencing to get closure.

"I wanted to finish the case. I wanted to see her sentenced."

But yet again, this case left her disappointed.

"A fair sentence I believe is life. She took his life. She owes her life."

One other juror we spoke to on Thursday and says the sentencing was up to the judge and she will respect his decision.

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