Jodi Arias trial a tough ticket

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by Kristine Harrington

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 8:26 PM

PHOENIX -- Dozens lined up for a ticket to the Jodi Arias trial, but despite some 40 people in line, only one got in.

The priority was friends and family first and then media. Still the general public and self proclaimed trial junkies desperately wanted to see this finale, four months in the making.

"I was surprised I have my little lottery ticket and I was really surprised," said Chandra Shepherd, who came to court at 6 a.m. for the first time hoping to catch part of the closing arguments. "I actually got cold chills as I walked in."

Shepherd got hooked on the trial after it had already begun and has been playing catch up on line ever since.

"I’m not watching it in real time so I’m only on day 40 but I will look at YouTube and follow it that way," said Shepherd.

Meantime, Mikal Ann Dillon was turned away from court for the second day in a row, having lost the lottery again.

"I'm a real trial junkie. I was here in the courtroom, in the courthouse every day, every day except the last two days for four months," said Dillon.

She and her new friends spent the day watching the trial coverage together from the Tilted Kilt, where the TVs outside on the patio were all tuned to the trial. They bonded over food and their shared frustration of being denied a seat inside.

Mark Harrison, however, seemed to understand.

"It's more important that friends and family be in there," said Harrison. "I got my taste of it."

Now everyone is placing bets on when a verdict might be reached.

"I give them maximum two days," said Jaime Medina. "I think they will reach it quickly."

"I'm hoping they come back Monday if not tonight," said Marla Cruz.

Regardless, Shepherd says she'll be watching from home.

"Let someone else come in who wants to because there are so many people who are interested and I’ve had my day now hopefully someone else will as well," said Shepherd.
 

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