It was an unforgettable moment, as Former Governor Bob McDonnell's face turned blood red, the once rising political star sobbing while an avalanche of guilty verdicts stunned the courtroom.
Jurors Kathleen Carmody and Robin Trujillo first tried to focus on U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer. But as soon as the court heard three consecutive guilty verdicts, Maureen McDonnell began to lower her head, and weep.
Mrs. McDonnell's husband soon followed, two counts later.
"I was trying not to cry as well, said Carmody in an interview Friday. "I just felt, such sympathy for them."
Around 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Trujillo said the jury finalized its decision. Members took a moment to look at the number of guilty verdicts they were prepared to render. There were 20 in all.
The jurors braced themselves for the reading of their decision, a span of just over five minutes that would be devastating for the McDonnell family.
"We composed ourselves outside," Trujillo said in an interview Friday. "We knew it was going to be hard when we saw how many ‘guilties' were on our chart that we had on the wall of the jury room. We knew there were going to be some ramifications. It wasn't going to be easy."
Carmody is a mother of four, Trujillo a mother of two. Neither could tell their families they were on the McDonnell jury.
Both stressed they felt compassion for the McDonnells. But both women said the jurors went through each count meticulously, assuming Bob and Maureen were innocent at the beginning of deliberations.
"We went through each count, methodically, one by one by one," said Trujillo. "And if each charge met the criteria, we had no choice but to find guilty."
For Trujillo, a pivotal moment arrived during cross examination of the former governor. McDonnell shined on direct, but Trujillo lost faith in him on cross, and began to doubt his story.
"All of a sudden, it seemed he forgot his answers. He couldn't recall, he couldn't remember. He didn't know."
Carmody said there was no smoking gun. But when all the gifts were put on a timeline, next to what the jurors said were official acts by the governor, Carmody had no choice but to convict on 20 counts.
"I'm sure I'm not [the McDonnell's] favorite person, but I thought the evidence spoke for itself," Carmody said. "But I do feel for them, I absolutely feel for them."
This is a difficult and disappointing day for the commonwealth - news conference with FBI and US Attorney now pic.twitter.com/xess2cfKx0— Mike Valerio (@MikeNBC12) September 4, 2014
From early on, it seemed to Carmody that Mrs. McDonnell was taking the fall for her husband. The strategy, Carmody said, backfired for the governor.
"Just on a personal note, I don't like the way he put Maureen in front of him. I did not think that was honorable."
For Trujillo, questioning the defense's strategy began when lawyers released an email between Maureen McDonnell and Jonnie Williams, talking about sex, and the 2011 earthquake.
"I thought ‘What in the world is that?' Why did you introduce that? But I think that was our opinion all throughout the trial. We didn't understand her defense."
One of the moments when the conspiracy came to life, was when Carmody had the chance to hold the now infamous Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams.
"It was heavy, it was very heavy," Carmody said. "It was kind of, ‘Wow! I'm holding the Rolex.'"
The watch was just one of the gifts that, put together, proved to be too much of a coincidence for the 12 jurors.
"The lunches, the gifts, you know, when you put them all in a timeline, it just fit like a puzzle," Trujillo said. "There was no way we could have come up with a different verdict."
Finally time to tweet - seeing #BobMcDonnell cry is something I'll never forget - face turns red when guilty after guilty verdict is read— Mike Valerio (@MikeNBC12) September 4, 2014