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Arias jurors react to seeing Jodi in court

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  • Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander
  • Three jurors attended Thursday's hearing
  • Arias jurors could not come to unanimous decision during penalty phase
Arias jurors react to seeing Jodi in court

Jurors: Jodi looked at all of us

Jurors: Jodi looked at all of us

Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial last month because the jury could not reach a unanimous decision about whether Arias should live or die.

But during a hearing Thursday, the judge scheduled a new hearing for July 18 for arguments over whether the 32-year-old convicted murderer should face a new jury to decide her fate.

Arias was present in the courtroom shackled at her hands and feet, dressed in black and white prison garb, surrounded by several heavily armed guards.

Also present were three familiar faces to Arias: Juror No. 6 Diane Schwartz, Juror No. 16 Marilou Allen-Coogan and alternate Juror No. 17 Tara Kelley.

“We are invested … We want to continue to see it through to the end.” Kelley told Dr. Drew earlier this week when asked why they wanted to appear back in court.

KPHO's Jose Miguel told HLN, “They felt that when she walked in those shackles and chains that their job was complete -- that they had actually done their jobs as jurors,” as he spoke with them after the proceeding. He also noted that they still felt very good about their decision to convict Arias of first-degree murder.  All three women said they would have given her death.

Later that night, the jurors told HLN's Dr. Drew that Arias was well aware that they were present in the courtroom for the day's hearing.

“When [Arias] was walking [into the courtroom], she realized I was there and we locked eyes and she continued to stare at me until I was able to go sit down and join the other two jurors ... she looked at them as well,” Kelley said.

Schwartz continued, “I felt a little bit more hostility. There was a real emptiness … but she definitely looked at all three jurors.  It was very apparent."

The retrial was set to begin July 18, but the defense attorneys have asked the judge to push it back so they could have more time to prepare. The judge will now rule on their request next month.

The public only heard 43 seconds of Thursday's hearing because most of the issues were discussed in the judge’s chambers.

Arias' first-degree murder conviction still stands, as does the jurors decision that Travis Alexander’s murder was “especially cruel,” which was an aggravating factor that made Arias eligible for the death penalty.

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