Last Thursday, CNN AC360 ran a segment on the Todd Willingham controversy that dealt with a juror from Willingham’s trial. Randi Kaye spoke with the juror before the show by phone. See the video on YouTube or embedded below.
The controversy has led juror Dorenda Brokofsky to think twice about the decision she made in a jury room in 1992.
“I don’t sleep at night because of a lot of this,” Brokofsky said. “I have gone back and forth in my mind trying to think of anything that we missed. I don’t like the fact that years later someone is saying maybe we made a mistake, that the facts aren’t what they could’ve been.”
Brokofsky spoke with CNN by phone from her Midwest home. She has long since moved away from tiny Corsicana, Texas, where the fire took place.
“I do have doubts now,” she said. “I mean, we can only go with what we knew at the time, but I don’t like the fact now that maybe this man was executed by our word because of evidence that is not true. It may not be true now. And I don’t like the fact that I may have to face my God and explain what I did.”
“When you’re sitting there with all those facts, there was nothing else we could see,” she said. “Now I don’t know. I can’t tell you he’s innocent, I can’t say 100 percent he’s guilty.”
Brokofsky had another revelation. She said she thought she would be excluded from the jury because of her family’s close relationship with key witness and then-Corsicana Assistant Fire Chief Douglas Fogg.
Her father was also a fire marshal for eight years before the Willingham fire.
“I was raised with my father being a fire marshal,” she said. “He went around proving that stuff, so he wasn’t here at that time. But I knew Doug Fogg, who was one of the witnesses. It was no secret, but I didn’t think they would pick me as a juror because of it.”