Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Attorney Accuses Juror of Misconduct, Asks for Mistrial
Jodi Arias trial-watcher Katie Wick poses with prosecutor Juan Martinez recently in front of the Maricopa County courthouse. Arias' defense attorney sought a mistrial based on Martinez's alleged "misconduct" related to posing for such pictures.
Image: Katie Wick's Twitter site
Jodi Arias' defense team motioned for a mistrial on Monday, accusing one of the jurors of unspecified misconduct.
Trial proceedings were postponed today, but defense attorney Kirk Numri still filed his motion to boot the juror off the panel. The motion comes a few days after Numri sought a mistrial for alleged misconduct of Juan Martinez based on the prosecutor's hamming it up for fans and cameras on the steps of the Maricopa County courthouse.
The latest flap seems to be causing yet another delay in the long murder trial of Arias, who's accused of butchering her ex-boyfriend in a premeditated plot.
Following last week's motion by the defense, Judge Sherry Stephens had each juror questioned about whether they saw Martinez being pictured with his fans.
Numri claims that one of the jurors made inappropriate statements, possibly related to the Martinez flap, that were overheard by other jurors. According to RadarOnline, Numri stated in his motion that "statements Juror 5 made in front of her fellow jurors amounts to misconduct that inserted partiality in what is supposed to be an impartial body."
The trial is expected to resume tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.
The last couple of weeks of testimony have focused on a psychologist's claim for the defense that Arias suffers from amnesia, a domestic violence expert for the defense who testified that victim Travis Alexander may have been abusive to women he dated,and complaints by Arias about the migraine headaches from which she's been suffering behind bars.
The trial, which seemed to be a couple of weeks from its finale in mid-March, has taken a turn for the tedious. More expert witnesses are expected to testify before the attorneys on both sides make their closing arguments.
In other Arias news:
* On Thursday, ABC-15 News (KNXV-TV) reported that the defense costs in the Arias trial have now exceeded $1.4 million. And taxpayers don't get a dime from all the advertisements appearing with Arias trial coverage.
* Somebody's trying to sell the March 14 edition of the Phoenix New Times, which features an awesome cover and our comprehensive article on the Jodi Arias case, for $13.59. It's a fairly steep price, considering that New Times is a free paper. But of course it's actually worth much, much more -- and we've got more of them in our office, if someone's buying.
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