DALLAS, TX—Jennifer knows her admission almost a decade later may create backlash, but she is speaking out about an execution scheduled to take place Wednesday.
"I made a wrong decision," said the North Texas woman, who doesn't want her last name used.
The woman was part of the Dallas County jury panel in 2002 that gave the self-proclaimed, "Arab Slayer", Mark Stroman the death penalty for a killing spree after 9/11 that left two store clerks dead.
"We should not have given him death."
Jennifer says prosecutors neglected to tell jurors that the families Stroman destroyed with his violent rampage did not support sending him to death row.
"We were under the impression that the families wanted the death penalty, so even though I didn't fully support it, I let that pressure me into the decision."
Jennifer has since learned, the sole survivor in the case, Rais Bhuiyan did not support execution for Stroman. Bhuiyan was shot in the face and blinded in one eye by Stroman. Even so, he has been waging a battle to save the killer's life and asking for a face-to-face meeting.
"I would love to give him a hug and say I never hated him," said the Bangladeshi immigrant, who is now a naturalized citizen.
Bhuiyan's last shot to save stroman from the Texas death chamber may come Wednesday when a federal court takes up a lawsuit he has filed against Texas Governor, Rick Perry alleging his rights are being violated because his wishes regarding Stroman haven't been followed.
Death penalty opponents hold out little hope that Stroman will be spared.
"The state grinds on, as if these victims don't matter," death penalty opponent, SMU Professor, Rick Halperin, said.
Halperin has lobbied with Bhuiyan to win clemency for Stroman. He says so far the state has ignored the victims calls for mercy.
"If pleas for mercy don't count then what is the point of clemency."
As for Jennifer, she says she has written Governor Perry, begging for him to intervene and try and undo the death decision she made almost a decade ago.