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Menendez trial juror says NBC series debut episode got it right

Michelle Donaldson
September 26, 2017 10:24 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- On Tuesday, NBC launched a true crime "Law and Order" series based on the infamous Menendez murders. Brothers Erik and Lyle are serving time for shooting their parents in Beverly Hills in 1989.

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One juror who decided that original trial lives in Albuquerque now. But back then, Hazel Thornton was in Los Angeles and had no idea this case that dominated the news would change her life with a jury summons.

After the first show, Thornton said they got it right.

Thornton never told anyone about her role in the trial until now. She wants people to understand what really happened.

"One of my concerns about the series is that people are going to randomly watch an episode, and not watch every episode from beginning to end," she said. "And if you don't watch them all, you're going to miss something that's going to convince you."

The first episode came out guns blazing. So far, Thornton said what viewers saw in primetime matches the testimony she heard, especially the 911 call.

"Erik is all crying and, you could say he's acting, or you could say he's freaked out about having killed his parents on that 911 call," she said.

Of course, all of America is focused on the brothers as the shooters. But just like Tuesday's episode, that's not how the investigation began.

"The brothers not confessing certainly -- I mean, who wants to go to jail?  -- the brothers not even being suspected even," Thornton said.

"Law & Order True Crime - The Menendez Murders" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. KOB will talk with Thornton throughout the eight-part series and get her take on the accuracy of the storyline.

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