(CNN)Vivid images and testimony from the trial against Derek Chauvin are now seared into the memory of Brandon Mitchell, one of the jurors who convicted the former police officer of murdering George Floyd.

Inside the Minneapolis courtroom, “it was just dark. It felt like every day was a funeral and watching someone die every day,” Mitchell told CNN. “It was tense every day. I wasn’t nervous, but it was stressful. It was a lot of pressure.” The 31-year-old basketball coach is the first juror who deliberated in the trial to speak out about his experience. Lisa Christensen, an alternate juror, spoke to reporters last week.In pictures: Reactions to Derek Chauvin's guilty verdictIn pictures: Reactions to Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.A man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 20, after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the death of George Floyd.Hide Caption 1 of 39People in Houston's Third Ward watch the verdict announcement.People in Houston's Third Ward watch the verdict announcement. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople in Houston’s Third Ward watch the verdict announcement.Hide Caption 2 of 39People celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.People celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople celebrate the verdict outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 3 of 39Adi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee.Adi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAdi Armour cries while watching the verdict being read in Milwaukee.Hide Caption 4 of 39Money is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Money is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMoney is tossed in the air as people celebrate the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 5 of 39People hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.People hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople hug at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 6 of 39A band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. A band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA band performs at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 7 of 39George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20.George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictGeorge Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, wipes his eyes during a post-verdict news conference in Minneapolis on April 20.Hide Caption 8 of 39A crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis. A crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA crowd gathers at George Floyd Square after a guilty verdict was announced at Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 9 of 39People embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.People embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 10 of 39People celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed.People celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople celebrate in Minneapolis at the site where George Floyd was killed.Hide Caption 11 of 39Vice President Kamala Harris is seen on a monitor making remarks about the verdict in Chauvin's trial as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House on April 20.Vice President Kamala Harris is seen on a monitor making remarks about the verdict in Chauvin's trial as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictVice President Kamala Harris is seen on a monitor making remarks about the verdict in Chauvin’s trial as President Joe Biden looks on at the White House on April 20.Hide Caption 12 of 39People in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue -- the site where George Floyd died in May 2020.People in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue -- the site where George Floyd died in May 2020. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople in Minneapolis celebrate the guilty verdict at the intersection of 38th Street & Chicago Avenue — the site where George Floyd died in May 2020.Hide Caption 13 of 39London Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC.London Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLondon Williams bursts into tears after hearing the verdict in Washington, DC.Hide Caption 14 of 39CeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis.CeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictCeCe Connery and her daughter Olivia wait for the verdict in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 15 of 39A woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.A woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA woman reacts to the verdict at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 16 of 39People raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.People raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople raise their fists at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.Hide Caption 17 of 39Fireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Fireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictFireworks are set off at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. Hide Caption 18 of 39People embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta.People embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace in front of a mural of George Floyd in Atlanta.Hide Caption 19 of 39A demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis.A demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA demonstrator raises a fist outside a police station in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 20 of 39People listen to the verdict in New York's Times Square.People listen to the verdict in New York's Times Square. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople listen to the verdict in New York’s Times Square.Hide Caption 21 of 39Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill.Members of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMembers of the Congressional Black Caucus listen to the conclusion of the trial from Capitol Hill.Hide Caption 22 of 39A man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20.A man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA man raises his fist in George Floyd Square ahead of the verdict announcement on April 20.Hide Caption 23 of 39People embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20.People embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople embrace during a news conference in Minneapolis before the verdict on April 20.Hide Caption 24 of 39Workers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20.Workers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictWorkers board up businesses near the Hennepin County Government Center on April 20.Hide Caption 25 of 39The Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd's family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19.The Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd's family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictThe Rev. Al Sharpton leads a prayer alongside Floyd’s family members and politicians outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Monday, April 19.Hide Caption 26 of 39Michael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19.Michael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictMichael Jones watches closing arguments on his phone outside the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19.Hide Caption 27 of 39Law enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19.Law enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLaw enforcement and National Guard members stage outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on April 19.Hide Caption 28 of 39High school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.High school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictHigh school students from across Minneapolis participate in a statewide walkout on April 19. They gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to stand in solidarity against racial injustice and honor the lives of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.Hide Caption 29 of 39People gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis.People gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictPeople gather for a demonstration on Sunday, April 18, at the site where George Floyd died in Minneapolis.Hide Caption 30 of 39Demonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18.Demonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictDemonstrators gather outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz in St. Paul, for a rally and march against police brutality on April 18.Hide Caption 31 of 39Lightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6.Lightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLightning illuminates the sky above Chicago Avenue and 38th Street on Tuesday, April 6.Hide Caption 32 of 39Children walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The "Say Their Names" symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police.Children walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The "Say Their Names" symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictChildren walk at a memorial in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 4. The “Say Their Names” symbolic cemetery memorializes Black lives lost at the hands of police.Hide Caption 33 of 39A television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1.A television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictA television inside a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on April 1.Hide Caption 34 of 39An activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30.An activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAn activist cries as she listens to testimony outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on March 30.Hide Caption 35 of 39Locks spelling out George Floyd's name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30.Locks spelling out George Floyd's name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictLocks spelling out George Floyd’s name are linked to the fencing set up outside the courthouse on March 30.Hide Caption 36 of 39Roland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29.Roland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictRoland Jackson looks at a television showing the trial while getting some breakfast inside the Cup Foods in Minneapolis on March 29.Hide Caption 37 of 39Attorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd's brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd's nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29.Attorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd's brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd's nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29. Photos: Reaction to Derek Chauvin guilty verdictAttorney Ben Crump raises a fist as he takes a knee in Minneapolis with George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams, on March 29.Hide Caption 38 of 39A man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10.A man changes the number of a sign board at a makeshift memorial for Floyd in Minneapolis on March 10. 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Read MoreDue to increased media attention and the “unprecedented” levels of incendiary, inflammatory and threatening emails that attorneys have received, Judge Peter Cahill ordered the names of the jurors not to be released for at least six months. Chauvin’s confidence seemed to deteriorateMitchell said he noticed a sharp change in Chauvin’s demeanor over the course of the trial.”To me, (Chauvin) started out really confident,” he said. “The first week, for sure — I felt like he was confident, his lawyers were confident. I could feel the confidence for sure.”Derek Chauvin's sentencing date is changed to June 25Derek Chauvin's sentencing date is changed to June 25Derek Chauvin's sentencing date is changed to June 25But “as the case went on, his demeanor kind of changed to more of a confused look — (like) this isn’t how it’s supposed to go,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t see any remorse.”The trial took a toll on the jurors. Mitchell said he hadn’t watched the full video of Floyd’s death before the trial because “it was too gruesome.”He said he was moved to tears by the testimony of Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd. Mitchell said there were a few times he broke down after court. Another poignant moment came when pulmonary expert Martin J. Tobin testified about Floyd’s last moments, explaining when he lost consciousness and when he says the video shows Floyd losing his life.What's next for the 3 other ex-officers charged in George Floyd's deathWhat's next for the 3 other ex-officers charged in George Floyd's deathWhat's next for the 3 other ex-officers charged in George Floyd's death“Once Dr. Tobin was finished with his testimony, I felt like the trial was done,” Mitchell said. “He spoke everything in layman’s terms, and it made sense.”Tobin testified that restraints on Floyd continued for about three minutes, even after he stopped breathing.That testimony helped solidify the decision for Mitchell, who said he had an open mind at the beginning of the trial. “During the opening statements, I was curious to find out what the defense was going to bring to the table and convince us jurors,” he said. “I didn’t see any avenues to which they could go.” Inside the jury deliberationsThe jury deliberated for about 10 hours, which legal analysts have said is a relatively short amount of time for such a case. CNN poll: Most were satisfied with the Chauvin verdictCNN poll: Most were satisfied with the Chauvin verdictCNN poll: Most were satisfied with the Chauvin verdictBut Mitchell said he didn’t expect the jurors to deliberate for as long as they did. He said one juror needed more detail and explanation. “I feel like the evidence was overwhelming,” he said. “But … decisions like that, when you’re deciding somebody else’s life, will never be that easy.”During deliberations, the jurors revisited several exhibits presented during the trial, including the officers’ bodycam footage and some of the cell phone video.Mitchell said some jurors wanted to hear from Chauvin, who did not testify on his own behalf. “It’s human nature just to be curious: ‘Hmm, I wonder what this person was thinking of while this happened,'” Mitchell said. A teen with 'a cell phone and sheer guts' is credited for Derek Chauvin's murder conviction A teen with 'a cell phone and sheer guts' is credited for Derek Chauvin's murder conviction A teen with 'a cell phone and sheer guts' is credited for Derek Chauvin's murder conviction But even if Chauvin did testify, Mitchell said he’s not sure that would have changed the verdict. In the end, Chauvin was convicted on all charges after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. He faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced by the judge on June 25.’We haven’t seen an outcome like this’Mitchell, a Black man, said he knew the jury’s decision would become part of history.Some claim there's no systemic racism in policing. These studies suggest otherwiseSome claim there's no systemic racism in policing. These studies suggest otherwiseSome claim there's no systemic racism in policing. These studies suggest otherwiseHe first shared his story with Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Erica Campbell and wrote in his jury questionnaire he wanted to serve “because of all the protests and everything that happened after the event.” “This is the most historic case of my lifetime, and I would love to be a part of it,” he wrote. Floyd’s death sparked months of protests and a national reckoning over policing and systemic racism in the US. “We haven’t seen an outcome like this on a case. I really think this is a start, and I think it’s a good start,” Mitchell told CNN.”And then all the attention that it is still getting — just keeping that magnifying glass there has to spark some kind of change.”

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