(PHOENIX) — A juror who has spent four months listening to tedious testimony in the Jodi Arias murder trial was dismissed Thursday, just a week before the case goes to closing arguments.
The man known as Juror 8, who has taken copious notes throughout the trial and submitted several questions to witnesses on the stand, was dismissed without comment by Judge Sherry Stephens.
He is the third juror to be dismissed from proceedings since the trial began in the Phoenix courtroom in January. Fifteen jurors will listen to the rest of the trial, and 12 will enter into deliberations.
The news came on the same day that the state rested its case against Arias after calling nine rebuttal witnesses.
The defense will call one additional witness next week, and closing arguments are expected on Thursday and Friday. The case will then go to the jury.
Arias, 32, faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. She initially denied killing Alexander, 30, but claimed two years later that she killed him in self-defense.
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