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Fairport, N.Y.-- Eric Boyum said not even an all-guilty verdict would bring his wife Heather back. He knows she would want him to move on and he said he is trying.
But Boyum said he was disappointed in the mixed verdict found in the cases of drivers Megal Merkel and Mark Scerbo. He felt the jurors needed to know more about the history of both drivers, including Scerbo's past DWI convictions and alleged used of bath salts.
But after hearing from the jury foreman who spoke exclusively to 13WHAM News Tuesday night, Boyum said he understood how hard this must have been for jurors, and how difficult it was to reach their verdict.
He also said it was good hearing that the jury did think about the victim, Heather Boyum, and kept the family in mind while weighing the evidence. He understood they couldn't let emotions sway their verdict, but had to decide based on the law.
He still finds the mixed verdicts "disappointing," but said it was good to hear the foreman speak and know that jurors spent time weighing the evidence.
Boyum said he had started to move on before the trial and then "was thrown back into all of it again." He said it was difficult to hear testimony and see evidence that he never had seen regarding his wife's death.
He said he is focused now on his two children, Frazier, 8, and Paige, 5. He said they are strong and resilient and somehow, keep him going because they never stop.
He said they don't know the terrible details of how their mother died and have good memories of her.