Jodi Arias trial: Spectators told to enroll in lottery system to obtain seats

PHOENIX - On Thursday morning, for the first time, seats to the Jodi Arias trial will not be on a first come, first served basis; instead, the judge's office has decided to implement a lottery.

There are 85 seats inside the courtroom, most will go to the family members of those involved and the media, whatever remains will go to the public. That's not sitting well with those who have tried to get a seat almost every day.


"We feel like we've earned our spot," said Mikal Ann Dillon. "Now, it's being taken from us."

Dillon told ABC15 she has only missed one day of the trial. On Wednesday, she arrived at 2:00 a.m. to secure her spot.

"I've been here 19 hours today," she said.

The judge's staff said the lottery drawing will not be until 8:30 a.m. at the earliest and could likely be later than that. They're hoping this eliminates the need for people to arrive in the middle of the night.

During Wednesday's afternoon session, 23 spectators made it into the public seating, according to the security officers. Thursday's admittance is expected to be much smaller.

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