Crime

Jodi Arias Trial: Judge Denies Defense Request to Sequester Jury; Damning Video of Arias' Parents; Booted Juror Watches Trial From Courtroom

The most interesting developments in the sensational trial of man-killer Jodi Arias this week had nothing to do with the boring, skepticism-inducing testimony by a domestic-violence expert.

Two other key events had the public's attention: The booting of Juror #5 from the jury panel and her subsequent return to the courtroom today as a trial watcher; and the release of a video showing Arias' parents being interviewed in 2008 by police.

The video, fascinating in itself because of the way the 32-year-old murder defendant's parents describe her "mental problems," appears to have also spurred defense attorney Kirk Nurmi to ask the judge to sequester the jury for the remainder of the trial.

See also: Psycho Killer: Jodi Arias' Kinky Death-Penalty Trial

See also: Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Attorney Accuses Juror of Misconduct, Asks for Mistrial

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.