Jodi Arias trial update: Attorneys ask for mistrial because of juror misconduct, want juror out

PHOENIX - Jodi Arias' attorneys have filed a motion asking for a mistrial because of juror misconduct.

In the filing, Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott said the juror misconduct was discovered in sealed proceedings that took place last Thursday.

The attorneys are asking for a mistrial or that Juror 5 be removed from the jury because "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."

Arias' attorneys claim Juror 5 is neither fair or impartial at this point making "her removal from the jury essential" to ensure Arias' rights.

The motion said on March 28, a meeting was held with jurors to discuss an issue involving prosecutor Juan Martinez posing for pictures and signing autographs outside the courthouse.

During that hearing, information came out that "Juror 5 engaged in misconduct that affected more than one juror."

Details about what specifically happened are not known because the information is sealed.

Currently, there are 18 jurors sitting in on the trial. Only 12 will be picked to deliberate once closing arguments are done.

The other six are considered alternates.

The trial is expected to resume at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. You can watch live streaming video on abc15.com.

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