Even before Russell Hueckler made it back to his Saint Petersburg home for the first time since May, national media descended on his family's home. Hueckler spent 43 days sequestered as a juror on the Casey Anthony trial.
The phone rang continuously as 10News interviewed Russell's wife Ellen about the difficulty of having her husband away for 5 weeks. "Another TV guy, right?" Ellen asked, referring to the major networks lining up for interviews with her husband.
Photo Gallery: Courtroom pictures as the verdict is read
Hueckler, known as Juror #14, only served as an alternate, so he wasn't in the jury room during deliberations. He did sit through every minute of testimony and, because of that, believes the 'not guilty' verdict was the right one. "I agree with that decision whole-heartedly. It was the right decision."
10News also talked to the mother of Juror #3, Jennifer Ford. Her mother, Lynn Ford, wishes the outcome had been different for Caylee Anthony, "God gives us these children to take care of, and He trusts us to take care of those children. And this mother failed that child regardless of whether it was an accident or anything."
Still, Russell Hueckler says the lack of believability in George Anthony's testimony left a strong impression on the jury. Hueckler also told 10News the prosecution's failure to answer basic questions about Caylee's death led to the decisive verdict.
"What came out was that this was a very dysfunctional family, and they did not handle things well at all. Yes, we all believe, and I'm pretty sure I can say this for all 17 [jurors], there was some sort of horrific accident. The family knows a lot more than what came out at the trial," Hueckler believes, "but [the prosecution] didn't prove that there was a murder."
Families of both jurors say the media coverage has been overwhelming. Hueckler told us the jury had limited television in their hotel rooms and that newspapers showed up a week late, missing many major articles to prevent media exposure to the trial.
Russell Hueckler and his wife both teach in Pinellas County schools and say they'll have plenty of lessons to share with their students in the Fall.