Judge trial removes Arias juror, denies mistrial

PHOENIX (AP) — The judge in the Jodi Arias murder trial has removed a juror from the case and denied a defense bid for a mistrial.

Defense lawyers say the juror made comments about the case to a fellow panelist that raised questions about her impartiality. They did not provide specifics.

Judge Sherry Stephens removed the juror but rejected the request for a mistrial. Testimony from a domestic violence expert resumed shortly after.

The move leaves five alternate jurors, in addition to the 12 who will decide the case. Arias is charged with murder in the death of lover Travis Alexander.