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Judge Sherry Stephens mysteriously dismissed another juror from the Jodi Arias trial Thursday.
Arias is on trial for brutally killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias testified that she was forced to kill Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her.
After prosecutor Juan Martinez wrapped his rebuttal case Thursday, Stephens recessed court until next Wednesday and announced Juror No. 8's dismissal with no explanation.
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Juror No. 8 is a man, and according to court observers, he was a very active note taker, and may have asked the witnesses a lot of questions.
This is the third juror to be dismissed from the case, leaving three alternates on the jury panel, a total of nine men and six women. The 12 jurors who will decide Arias' fate will be picked after closing arguments.
Juror No. 11 was released from service earlier this month due to illness. An HLN producer inside the courtroom says Juror No. 11 was the only juror who appeared to be a minority. He is Hispanic and has a long ponytail.
Juror 5, a married white female in her 30s, got the boot the first week of Aprilafter the defense charged that she was “not fair and impartial” when she made some undisclosed statements related to the trial.
“Ms. Arias takes the position that the statements Juror 5 made in front of her fellow jurors amounts to misconduct,” Arias' attorneys wrote. “Given the evidence that came forward on March 28, 2013, it is beyond legitimate dispute that Juror 5 is not fair and impartial making her unfit to continue as a juror.”