ABC News reports that the woman, identified as “Juror 5,” was dismissed after Arias’ lead attorney Kirk Nurmi filed a motion alleging that the anonymous woman revealed her impartiality to other jurors during a closed meeting.
Arias’ lawyer also petitioned for a “mistrial” because of the juror’s conduct, but was rejected.
As ABC notes, this is not the first time the Arias team has tried for a “mistrial” to be declared: They previous expressed concern over prosecutor Juan Martinez getting a rock-star-like treatment from fans outside the Maricopa County Superior Court.
For those not in the know: Arias is a 32-year-old woman charged with the first-degree murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. Arias claims “self-defense” was her reason for killing her lover.
One of the court’s six alternative jurors will replace the dismissed individual.
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