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The Jodi Arias trial continues Monday after numerous high drama incidents last week, including the dismissal of a second jury member. The trial will re-commence just before 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream via the video player below.
The dismissal of the juror last week was the second jury member to be dismissed this month, and adds further controversy to the high profile case.
Juror No. 11, a male, was excused, this time for health reasons, according to Maricopa County Superior Court officials.
That development following April 2's Juror No. 5 being dismissed for misconduct after allegedly making statements that revealed a strong bias in the case.
Therefore, the trial is now proceeding with a jury make up of 10 men and six women. Of those 16 jurors, only 12 will eventually be selected at random to decide on Arias' fate in the first degree murder trial.
Testimony has now been moving forward for three months, and the intensity of the trial has at times shown clearly on the defendant's appearance - she has at times been very emotional, distressed and cried during the proceedings.
Arias is accused of murdering her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in his suburban Phoenix residence in 2008. She has been charged with first degree murder, and if convicted she faces a possible death sentence.
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Previously in the case a psychologist was presented by the defense, diagnosing Arias with post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia. The prosecutors in the trial, however, questioned the credibility of the expert, claiming that he had developed a relationship with the accused, and that his relationship with Arias had not made his diagnosis bias.
Psychologist Richard Samuels rebuked the suggestions, saying that he has professionally given his diagnosis based on multiple tests and his more than 35 years of experience.
Prosecutors have said that Arias planned the brutal killing of her boyfriend, and was fully aware of what she was doing. However, Arias has claimed the killing was committed in self defense, and the defense team has tried to portray her as the victim.
They have pointed to Travis Alexander as a type of bully and hypocrite, who had long imposed his own will on Arias and forced her into the killing by making her fear for her own life.
The prosecution has highlighted that Arias has changed her story multiple times. She initially told authorities that she had nothing to do with the killing and was not even with him at the time. However, she later changed that story to blame the death on masked intruders. Finally her defense team admitted that she had killed Alexander but put forward the self defense explanation.
The trial continues Monday just before 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream via the video player below: