Another juror released from Arias murder trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: April 12, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — A juror was released Friday from the high-profile Jodi Arias murder trial, the second jury member to be dismissed this month.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials said Juror No. 11 — a man — was excused because of health reasons.

A woman who was Juror No. 5 was dismissed April 2 for misconduct for allegedly making statements that showed a bias.

That leaves the jury with 10 men and six women. Twelve jurors eventually will be selected at random to decide the fate of Arias, who claims she killed her 30-year-old lover in self-defense at his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008.

Prosecutors say Arias, 32, planned the attack in a jealous rage. She faces a possible death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.

The trial resumes Monday.

On Friday, psychotherapist Alyce LaViolette was back on the witness stand a day after jurors had roughly 100 questions for her.

LaViolette, a defense witness, has been testifying for more than a week about her conclusion that Arias was a victim of abuse at the hands of Travis Alexander in the months before his death.

Arizona is among a few states where jurors have the legal right to pose questions to witnesses through queries read by the judge.

The questions have ranged from how the witness can know that Arias isn't lying to queries about her childhood and claims that the Alexander abused her.

Authorities said Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the head and had his throat slit. Arias' palm print was found in blood at the scene, along with nude photos of her and Alexander from the day of the killing.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez on Friday attacked LaViolette's credibility, questioning whether she had ever testified in a courtroom before.

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