Arias trial juror No. 5 talks for first time since being excused
Defense witness Alyce LaViolette became ill Wednesday, forcing the proceedings in the Jodi Arias trial to end for the day. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Juror No. 5 talks exclusively with CBS 5 News.
Juror No. 5 returns to courtroom as a spectator.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
The first-degree murder trial of Jodi Arias resumed Thursday morning, with dismissed juror No. 5 in the courtroom.
The juror didn't say anything to anyone in the courtroom. Court employees stuck by her side, even escorting her to the bathroom.
CBS 5 News spoke exclusively with the juror as soon as the trial wrapped for the day Thursday.
"It was a different experience definitely, but I was glad that I came back, that I was able to come back, and you know, be part of it again, so I'm looking forward to giving my interview and say my side of the story and go out there and say what really happened, but I need to get home first and talk to my legal advisers and go from there," juror No. 5 said in an interview with CBS 5 News.
Earlier this week, Arias' attorneys claimed "juror misconduct" was discovered during a closed proceeding last week, though they didn't cite specifics.
On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens denied a motion by Jodi Arias' defense attorneys for a mistrial and dismissed juror No. 5.
Juror No. 5 was described as observant and a good notetaker.
That left the jury with 11 men and six women, 12 of whom will eventually be selected at random to decide whether to convict Arias of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-lover Travis Alexander.
On Thursday morning, juror No. 5 was seen in the courtroom as a spectator.
On Wednesday, a defense witness became sick just before the noon recess while testifying.
Alyce LaViolette, a psychotherapist specializing in domestic violence, became ill while on the witness stand and under questioning by the Arias defense team. She was expected to return to the stand at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Arias is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Alexander. She doesn't deny killing Alexander, but said it was an act of self-defense.
Before she became ill, LaViolette had talked about texts she had seen between Arias and Alexander and testified that victims of domestic violence can often become violent.
She also said that she didn't notice any jealousy on the part of Arias during the times she interviewed the accused.