Another one bites the dust: Juror 11 released

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Juror 11 released from Jodi Arias trial due to illness.

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Another juror in the Jodi Arias trial has been dismissed from the case. This time it's Juror 11, who was released from further service due to illness. Our producer inside the courtroom says he's the only juror who appears to be a minority. He is Hispanic and has a long ponytail.

Juror 5 got the boot earlier after the defense charged that she was “not fair and impartial” when she made some undisclosed statements related to the trial. The jury is now down to 10 men and 6 women

Alyce LaViolette, the defense’s domestic violence expert in the Jodi Arias trial, has been testifying for days about how she believes that Arias was a victim of abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Now, courtroom observers are getting some insight into how the jury has been responding to LaViolette's testimony. And the big question on Friday was what proof there was – beyond Arias’ word – that she was actually abused?

“I actually didn’t see other evidences of physical violence by Travis other that what Ms. Arias told me,” said LaViolette.

LaViolette also admitted she had no proof – beyond Arias’ word – that Alexander ripped pages out of her journal and told her to only write positive things about him.

Jurors also had questions about Arias’ manipulative behavior. They wanted to know if Arias had manipulated LaViolette or if LaViolette had talked to anyone from Arias’ past to determine a pattern.

"I don’t see a pattern of manipulation in the way I would define it… I think anybody can be manipulative. What I look for are patterns and I didn’t see that in the materials that I read," said LaViolette.

Later on, another question asked about LaViolette’s definition of manipulation: "Is it possible that your definition of manipulation differs from others?"

"Yes," said LaViolette.

"Is it possible your definition is wrong?"

"Sure," said LaViolette.

HLN is live-blogging the Jodi Arias trial. Read about LaViolette's testimony from Thursday here, her ninth day on the stand here, her eight day here, her seventh day here, her sixth day here, her fifth day here, her fourth day here, her third day here, her second here and her first moments on the witness stand here. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from the trial. (Best read from the bottom up):

4:05 p.m. ET: The judge has dismissed court for the day and asks jurors to come back on Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET. The judge also asks LaViolette to return on Tuesday to continue testimony about another matter that has come up.

"I know that you have some issues, this is a priority," said the judge.

4:02 p.m. ET: A juror asks if Arias’ story was consistent from the time she spoke with LaViolette last year until the time she testified.

LaViolette says her story was always consistent with her but she wasn’t privy to Arias' testimony.

4:03 p.m. ET: Martinez brings up the fact that LaViolette said Arias said she shot Alexander in his closet. LaViolette says it was a mistake on her part.

4:00 p.m. ET: The judge was telling the jurors when to be back on Monday, then she noticed there was another question in the jury basket. Attorneys are now at a sidebar.

3:51 p.m. ET: "I would disagree totally with your conclusion that I'm defective," said LaViolette. Martinez has finished his re-cross of LaViolette. The attorneys are at a sidebar.

3:50 p.m. ET: LaViolette says she went into this case with an open mind.

3:43 p.m. ET: LaViolette says she evaluated Alexander's behavior and background to help in this case.

"I reached the opinion that he told lies, I didn't call him a liar. I said he told lies to people and those were in his words, those were in his communications with other people that he professed to being a virgin and that was a lie," said LaViolette.

3:40 p.m. ET: From In Session Correspondent Beth Karas, who is in the courtroom: "The breakdown of the jury is now 10 men and 6 women."

3:38 p.m. ET: Martinez was asking LaViolette if she was able to get a complete picture of Arias and Alexander's relationship without his side of the story. The attorneys are now at a sidebar.

3:35 p.m. ET: The judge says juror #11 has been excused from further participation in the trial because he is ill. Our producer inside the courtroom says he's the only juror who is a visible minority. He is Hispanic and has a long ponytail.

3:34 p.m. ET: LaViolette has returned to the stand and the jury is being seated.

3:28 p.m. ET: The judge is back on the bench and the attorneys are at a sidebar.

3:03 p.m. ET: Our producer inside the courtroom says the defense attorneys have been summoned to the judge's chambers.

2:47 p.m. ET: The judge has dismissed court for 10 minutes.

2:45 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

2:44 p.m. ET: LaViolette says she should have said she didn't remember how many men she testified for in the past. She didn't remember exactly how many because she didn't have her resume in front of her.

2:41 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

2:38 p.m. ET: Martinez asks LaViolette what impact a lie by Arias would have on her assessment of the case.

"It would depend on what Ms. Arias lied about, once again, I’m looking at a pattern. I look at patterns Mr. Martinez, I don’t look at three isolated incidents," said LaViolette. "I’m not black and white, there’s a whole lot of gray here."

2:33 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

2:31 p.m. ET: "Is your assessment still the same in light of the fact the defendant lies after the killing of Mr. Alexander?" asked Martinez.

"My assessment of domestic violence remains the same, Mr. Martinez," said LaViolette.

2:27 p.m. ET: LaViolette says she doesn't think Arias is manipulative based on the materials she has read.

2:23 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

2:20 p.m. ET: Martinez presses LaViolette about the second man she said she testified for. LaViolette says she said it was 1 or 2 men because she couldn't remember exactly. Martinez says she never testified on behalf of a second man.

2:18 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking about the two men LaViolette said she has testified for in the past. She admits that in one of the cases, she did not actually testify in court.

"So you misrepresented something to the jury, didn't you?" asked Martinez.

"I was... I did not testify, I wrote a report on his behalf to go to criminal court," said LaViolette.

"That's different than testifying in court, isn't it?" asked Martinez.

"Yes, it's different than testifying in court," said LaViolette.

2:16 p.m. ET: Willmott has concluded her follow-up. Now prosecutor Juan Martinez is asking more questions of LaViolette.

2:15 p.m. ET: "Do women living in abusive relationships, do they ever reach a point where they become aggressive, to your knowledge?" asked Willmott.

"Yes," said LaViolette.

"Do victims of crime and victims of domestic violence, do they reach a point of anger?" asked Willmott.

"Anger’s sort of a byproduct of being victimized… that is true of any victim… If you are angry and afraid, there is more likelihood that you would overreact," said LaViolette.

2:13 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

2:10 p.m. ET: "Eventually, most people do fight back," said LaViolette.

2:08 p.m. ET: LaViolette agreed with Willmott that Alexander could have been an abuser despite all of his "wonderful qualities."

2:05 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

2:04 p.m. ET: Arias' reaction when LaViolette starts talking about how domestic violence victims may have their own issues.

2:02 p.m. ET: "If I didn’t have enough to make the call [on domestic violence], I wouldn’t be sitting here," said LaViolette.

2:01 p.m. ET: LaViolette says there doesn't have to be physical violence for a relationship to abusive.

1:59 p.m. ET: On the incident that happened on June 4th: “It’s not only violence, it’s a lot of violence. When someone’s acting to defend their lives I think they do whatever they need to do and I think at some point may do more than they need to do,” said LaViolette.

1:54 p.m. ET: LaViolette says Alexander didn't write about Arias in his journal.

1:52 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

1:49 p.m. ET: “Did you ever see any patterns of her threatening to expose him for his sexual activities?” asked Willmott.

“No I did not,” said LaViolette.

1:47 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar. Here's a shot of Arias in the courtroom right before testimony started back up.

Jodi Arias smiling in court.

1:44 p.m. ET: LaViolette says it would be easy to remember being strangled and slapped even if someone didn't write it down in a journal.

1:42 p.m. ET: The judge is back on the bench and the jury is being seated.

1:41 p.m. ET:

1:27 p.m. ET: The judge has recessed court for 10 minutes.

1:26 p.m. ET: Willmott asks if being smacked around would be memorable to someone. The prosecution objected and now the attorneys are at a sidebar.

1:24 p.m. ET: Willmott asks LaViolette about the names Alexander called Arias.

"It’s assassination of the soul… it tears apart who you are… to be called names by someone you love and to be torn apart that way is so destructive to your character," said LaViolette.

1:23 p.m. ET:

1:21 p.m. ET: Willmott asks about sexual degradation in Arias and Alexander’s relationship.

“It seems they were both involved in the sexual relationship,” said LaViolette. She also said Alexander treated Arias differently when they were being sexual and that Arias felt as if their sexual activity brought them closer together.

1:19 p.m. ET:

1:16 p.m. ET: LaViolette says she doesn't condone Arias' behavior as a teenager and that Arias hasn't shown any patterns of abuse between then and her adult life.

1:14 p.m. ET: Willmott is now beginning her follow-up questions.

1:13 p.m. ET: Juror question: You keep saying Arias wasn't manipulative. "Is it possible that your definition of manipulation differs from others?"

"Yes," said LaViolette.

Juror question: "Is it possible your definition is wrong?"

"Sure," said LaViolette.

1:11 p.m. ET: The judge says there are more juror questions for LaViolette in the basket. The attorneys are at a sidebar.

1:09 p.m. ET: “I have not heard that Jodi felt sexually degraded and humiliated… she has not made claims in that direction,” said LaViolette.

1:05 p.m. ET: Juror question: Do you think that Alexander making comments about a 12-year-old girl during a phone sex conversation is fundamentally different than him masturbating to pictures of young boys?

"I think it’s different I just think it’s an unusual comment to make from a 30-year-old man about a 12-year-old girl," said LaViolette.

1:02 p.m. ET:

1:00 p.m. ET: Juror question: Did you take this case, in part, because you believe Jodi?

"Yes," said LaViolette.

Juror question: If you did not believe her, would you have turned it down?

"Yes," said LaViolette.

12:59 p.m. ET: LaViolette says her domestic violence continuum is incomplete and that she is constantly changing it.

12:56 p.m. ET: A juror asks who LaViolette spoke to from Arias' past to find out if she had a pattern of being manipulative.

"I wasn’t able to interview anyone from her past directly," said LaViolette.

12:55 p.m. ET: A juror asks if she has any proof, other than Arias' word, that Alexander ripped out pages of her journal and made her only write positive things. LaViolette said she does not.

12:54 p.m. ET: Juror question: Can you explain how Arias can remember psychical abuse incidents so vividly but didn’t write anything in her journal?

"I know that people remember things they don’t write down,” said LaViolette.

12:51 p.m. ET: A juror asks if there is a type of stalking where a person is comfortable with someone else when they’re together but then is afraid of what that person will do when they’re apart?

LaViolette said there might be a back and forth while they’re together, but that’s not stalking. She says stalking behavior esclalates and gets worse when a person knows the other person is leaving for good.

12:47 p.m. ET: Juror question: Do you consider someone who says "no jury will ever convict me" to be a person with low self-esteem?

LaViolette says it sounds like a foolish statement.

12:45 p.m. ET: “I work very hard not to ask leading questions but it doesn’t mean I haven’t,” said LaViolette.

12:43 p.m. ET: A juror asks how LaViolette would change her opinion if she knew the abuse was made up. LaViolette says she still would have looked at the psychological abuse.

12:42 p.m. ET: A juror asks if LaViolette had any other evidences of abuse besides Arias' word.

“I actually didn’t see other evidences of physical violence by Travis other that what Ms. Arias told me,” said LaViolette.

12:38 p.m. ET: Juror question: "Have you ever had any physical contact with Arias – hugs, friendly touching, etc.?"

"I don’t think so, I might have touched her arm, I don’t know," said LaViolette. She also said there was glass between them during their jail visits.

12:35 p.m. ET: Juror question: "Is not the perpetrator of the greatest domestic violence, Jodi?" The juror was asking about all the stab wounds and the gun shot wound on the day Alexander was killed.

"I think what happened to Mr. Alexander is horrific. I think that self-defense..." LaViolette said before the prosecution objected. She then simply answered, "No."

12:34 p.m. ET: Juror question: Please explain why you believe Jodi isn’t manipulative, before or after the killing.

"I don’t see a pattern of manipulation in the way I would define it… I think anybody can be manipulative. What I look for are patterns and I didn’t see that in the materials that I read," said LaViolette.

12:32 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated. LaViolette is back on the stand.

12:31 p.m. ET: It's worth pointing out that today is April 12 -- one day after the original April 11 deadline that the judge had told jurors during jury selection. According to the original timeline, the trial would have been over by now. At this point, the defense still needs to finish its case, the prosecution has rebuttal witnesses, and after that are closing arguments and then of course deliberations.

12:27 p.m. ET: Arias is wearing a white, short-sleeved, button-down blouse today.

12:22 p.m. ET: The judge is back on the bench and the attorneys are at a sidebar.

12:19 p.m. ET: A friend of Arias says she has been managing a Twitter account for the accused murderer. Click here to watch her interview on HLN’s Nancy Grace.

12:15 p.m. ET:

12:12 p.m. ET:

12:09 p.m. ET: The defense has requested an "ex-parte conference," meaning they want to meet with the judge without the prosecutor.

12:07 p.m. ET: Testimony should begin any minute now.

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