Lisa Christensen ‘alternate number 96’ sat through every minute of the trial of Derek Chauvin as prosecutors and the defense each made their case in the killing of George Floyd.
Christensen was one of two alternates dismissed by Judge Peter Cahill after Monday’s closing arguments.
She did not have a role in the verdict, but in an exclusive interview for “CBS This Morning,” she said she was happy with the jury’s decision to convict Chauvin after weeks of hard testimony.
“I felt he was guilty,” Lisa Christensen said on CBS This Morning in a story aired Thursday. “I didn’t know if it was going to be guilty on all counts, but I would have said guilty.”
Christensen said she felt prosecutors “made a really good, strong argument” and credited Dr. Martin Tobin, one of their medical experts, for his testimony on how Floyd’s breathing was cut off by the restraint.
“Dr. Tobin was the one that really did it for me. He explained everything to me, I understood it, down to where he said, ‘This was the moment where he lost his life.’ Really got to me.”