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Inside the courtroom: Jurors studying Arias

NEED TO KNOW
  • Watch prosecutor Juan Martinez grill Jodi Arias live on truTV's In Session and HLN at 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in Arizona
  • Arias says she killed Alexander in self-defense
Jodi Arias admitted killing Travis Alexander, but she claims it was in self-defense.

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Editor's note: Selin Darkalstanian is a producer for HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell show. She has been in the courtroom everyday of the trial taking notes on the jurors' reactions.

The day finally came!

After patiently sitting in that courtroom just a few feet away from Jodi Arias as she told us all about her childhood and past relationships with men for seven days on the stand, Arias FINALLY got around to telling the jurors about June 4, 2008. The day she says she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense, and what really went on in that bedroom according to her.

GET CAUGHT UP: In Session's live blog from Wednesday's testimony

I was looking at the jury as they listened to Arias cry and tell us, in a whisper, her version of the story. Most of the jurors stopped taking notes as soon as she began her explanation. They put their notepads away, leaned forward and studied her as she cried on the witness stand. One juror even crossed his arms and leaned back in anticipation of Arias' testimony. After all, some of the men and women on that jury are sitting right across from her, close enough to reach out and touch her!
 
SEE FOR YOURSELF: Arias' evidence photos

The jurors seemed to know this was crucial testimony and each and everyone of them had their full attention on Arias. However, I could not tell from their expressions what they were thinking as she spoke. Only time will tell! One thing is for sure, after a month and a half in that courtroom, these jurors are definitely aware of the presence of the two sides of the family in the courtroom. Alexander’s family is on one side of the courtroom crying as they see gruesome autopsy photos of their brother splashed across the big screen in court. Arias’ mother and aunt quietly sit on the other side everyday showing their support for their loved one as her life hangs in the balance.

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