Jodi Arias trial: Dozens pack courtroom for Valley woman's murder trial

Many drive for miles to witness trial in person

PHOENIX - The fascination of the Jodie Arias murder trial is fascinating in and of itself. 

The Valley woman is accused of killing her former boyfriend Travis Alexander by stabbing him 27 times, slashing his throat and shooting him in the head.

In fact, people will drive for hours and stand in long lines to simply sit inside the courtroom and watch it all go down. But, imagine showing up only to find out you can't get a seat in the courtroom.

"The more you listen, hear and see it really makes you want to be here," says Bonnie Caputo.

This is Nick and Bonnie Caputo's first time to witness a high profile murder trial. They admit they're big fans of Court TV and have been following the Jodi Arias trial. But, they wanted to see it in person with their good friends. All four arrived to a packed courtroom Tuesday. Turns out, the wives got in, but, the husbands were forced to sit outside the courtroom for hours. Still, they say it was an experience they'll never forget.

"The difference in being in the courtroom versus it being on TV is you get the tension in the courtroom, you get the emotions," says Judy Rich.

"The explanation of the crime is so improbable. It was self-defense so she shot him and stabbed him 18 or 19 times? As a lawyer, I'm thinking, how is the defense going to handle this?" asks Vincent Vitale.

Vitale doesn't think the fact the courtroom is crowded impacts the seriousness of the trial. In fact, he says when they watch it on TV, it almost doesn't seem real. But, being inside the courtroom is a good reminder this is a real case involving a real victim. All four plan to be back on Wednesday.

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