Jury questions could hint at Arias' fate

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Jury questions could hint at Arias' fate

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The next stage of the Jodi Arias trial may provide a glimpse into Arias’ guilt or innocence. Arizona is among a handful of states that allow jurors to question defendants on trial -- and the panel has plenty of questions.

Arias is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in the head, stabbing him multiple times and slitting his throat from ear to ear. She says she killed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her. Arias is facing the death penalty if convicted.

Read more: HLN's live blog of Tuesday's testimony

Now, Arias will have to answer questions directly from the jurors themselves.

On Tuesday, Judge Sherry Stephens announced the jurors had 100 questions for Arias after defense attorney Kirk Nurmi finished his redirect examination of her.

The jurors’ questions could be a bellwether moment in the trial. That questioning could indicate whether Arias will be convicted or acquitted of killing Alexander.

Read more: Flustered & floundering: The day Arias cracked

The focus of their questions could give insight into the evidence, testimony and issues they are struggling to reconcile or understand.

Juror questions: How it works

On Wednesday, attorneys will review the questions in court without the jury present. They will object to questions when they feel necessary. If the question survives all legal objections, it will eventually be read to Arias for her to answer. If not, the question will be discarded. Once all the questions have been vetted, Arias will take the stand and answer them. Some of the jurors' questions could be moot if they have been answered during testimony. At the end of the questioning, the attorneys will have an opportunity to do follow-up questioning, based on the questions that were asked by the jurors.

After the jurors’ questions are answered, the defense has a chance to rest its case. However, they are expected to call a couple of expert witnesses, possibly a psychologist and a domestic violence expert.

Once the defense rests, Martinez will have a chance to call rebuttal witnesses. Alexander's friend Dave Hall is expected to testify that Alexander did not own a gun, contradicting Arias’ testimony about how the slaying took place.

After the prosecution wraps its rebuttal case, attorneys will give their closing arguments. The jury will then deliberate on Arias’ guilt or innocence.

 

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