Former juror: Glossip is guilty, deserves to die

Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 19:26:08-04

A man who sat on one of two juries that convicted Richard Glossip of murder says the new evidence that prompted a two-week stay of execution for Glossip, doesn't change his mind about the convicted murderer's guilt.

"This is the most important decision I've ever made. A man's life is in my hands," said Zach Vorbornik. "I didn't take that lightly. Didn't make the decision I did, hoping I was right."

Zach Vorbornik spent five weeks on the jury for Richard Glossip's second murder trial, in 2004. The first murder conviction and death sentenced were overturned on appeal.

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Eleven years ago Vorbornik says he had no doubt about Glossip's involvement in Van Treese's murder, and to this day he says he still believes Glossip is guilty and deserves to die.

"A lot of indisputable facts were after Barry Van Treese was beaten," said Vorbornick. "We actually don't know when he died...Glossip has a lot of Barry Van Treese's direct blood on his hands."

Testimony from a jail house snitch recently turned over to the court prompted Wednesday's two-week stay of execution for Glossip. He is now scheduled to die on Sept. 30.

In the testimony, the inmate says he heard Justin Sneed, the prosecution's key witness against Glossip, say he was lying about Glossip's involvement in Van Treese's murder. But Vorbornik says Sneed's testimony against Glossip wasn't a key factor in his decision.

"We knew we had to take his testimony with a grain of salt. we knew he had a plea agreement, he was a murderer, 19-year-old who was terrified. But of two stories that came out, Sneed's and Glossip's, Glossip's made no sense and Sneed's fit actual facts," said Vorbornik.

From the evidence he saw in court, Vorbornik describes Glossip as a manipulative person and a sociopath and he says he wants the public to know the facts of the case that he says led two juries to convict Glossip of murder.

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