They also spoke to the instance of Gardner making a point to the court that emotions needed to be kept in check. The Caldwells felt that they were getting singled out by the defense.
“We were all really emotional, thinking that it was going to be over with [when the jury came out first],” Caldwell said. “That’s when the defense attorney kind of turned on my family, and I thought it was very disrespectful. I think he made a motion that he thought we were intentionally crying and intentionally behaving in a way to influence the jury, which is totally ridiculous.”