This is news from CNN. Why did the speaker preferred to use would instead of simple past of verb stand up, stood up. Is there any specific reason ? Would the meaning of the sentence change if I said " stood up".
While reloading his handgun, the man ordered the students to stand up and asked whether they were Christians, Boylan told her family.
"And they would stand up, and he said, 'Good, you're going to see God in just about one second,' " Stacy Boylan told CNN, relaying his daughter's account. "And then he shot and killed them."