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Jurors watch Arias cross-exam like ‘tennis match’

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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 every day of the Jodi Arias trial, taking notes on the jurors' reactions.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez's much anticipated cross-examination of Jodi 
Arias has made for riveting courtroom drama.

Read more: In Session's live blog of Tuesday's testimony

Since the start of this trial, almost two months ago, everyone has been 
waiting for this showdown between Arias and Martinez. Now, after three days of 
heated cross-examination between the two, everyone wants to know what
 the jury's reaction is to this fiery exchange.



The best way I can describe the jury as I sit in the courtroom is that it
 looks as though they are watching a tennis match. Their heads move from 
one side of the courtroom to the other, from Martinez to Arias, as the two
 fire back at one another. The jurors literally look like spectators at a sporting event!



READ MORE: 142 evidence photos from the Arias trial

Of course, there is no way to tell what is going through the jurors'
 heads as they listen to the testimony, but one thing is for sure: This
 jury is focused on the intense exchange between the two sides. Those
 seven women and 11 men are paying close attention to everything going on 
in that courtroom. They have stopped taking notes and are now watching 
this sexually explicit trial almost as if it is a reality TV show...and 
in many ways that is what it has become!

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