Court gives removed Jodi Arias juror special treatment

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on April 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 9:40 PM

PHOENIX -- The juror removed from the Jodi Arias murder trial reappeared in court Thursday, as a spectator.

The unidentified woman arrived after the lunch break, and sat a few rows behind Jodi Arias with the general public.

"Ladies and gentlemen, Juror 5 is in the courtroom to observe as a member of the public. You should have no contact with [her] until the trial is over," Judge Sherry Stephens warned the court.

"We were first told it was going to be a celebrity," frequent trial watcher Kathy Brown told 3TV. "And we all thought it was Nancy Grace."

"I was shocked to see [Juror 5] sitting right there in front of us," Brown added.

The removed juror was escorted into court, and then escorted to the bathroom by court staff.

"We were told nobody is to have contact whatsoever with her, in the halls, the elevators, or anywhere," court-watcher Kelly Woods said.

Several members of the public were pleased to see the juror return, after watching her leave in tears earlier this week when she was removed for misconduct.

"I'm actually happy for her. She put a lot of time and effort into this. She probably wants to see the whole thing in person, too," Heather Nichols said.

The juror was escorted through non-public areas of the courthouse, out a back exit, and to her car by a bailiff.
 

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