Another juror dismissed in Jodi Arias retrial

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Another juror has been dismissed from the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial. No explanation was given for the dismissal of Juror No. 3.

Prior to that announcement, defense witness and clinical psychologist Dr. L.C. Fonesca was back on the stand for the trial's 16th day.

Picking up where he left off Monday, prosecutor Juan Martinez focused on Fonseca's credibility - or lack thereof - and Tuesday was no different as he questioned her about her memory after she seemed unable to answer a yes-or-no query.

At one point during the day, Fonseca called the relationship between Arias and the man she was convicted of murdering as an "erotic bomb."

That relationship, described in oftentimes lurid detail during the original trial, is once again front and center in the courtroom.

The jurors had several questions for Fonseca Tuesday, most of them about the relationship between Arias and Alexander. One juror asked if Alexander asked Arias to keep their relationship quiet. Fonseca answered that it was an implied request.

While Arias claimed she killed Alexander in self-defense, Martinez has worked hard to prove the state's position that she was a woman scorned and that Alexander's murder was premeditated.

The prosecutor showed two separate texts from Alexander to Arias. One said, "I want you to understand how evil I think you are." The other said, "You are the worst thing that ever happened to me."

The afternoon session ran long as Martinez and defense attorney Kirk Nurmi discussed an issue with Judge Sherry Stephens in chambers.

The Arias trial has garnered national - even worldwide - attention. A jury convicted her of murder on May 8, 2013, and while they found her eligible for the death penalty, they could not unanimously agree to hand down the sentence.

Because of that, Stephens declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the trial.

After months of legal wrangling, a new jury was eventually impaneled, and a retrial of the sentencing phase began on Oct. 21. It is expected to last until the middle of the month.

In the meantime, rumors that Arias herself will once again take the stand continue to swirl.

While the jury will not be back in court until Monday, there are two evidentiary hearings this week -- one each on Thursday and Friday.