The mystery over why Juror 8 was suddenly dismissed from the bombshell Jodi Arias murder trial just a week before closing arguments begin has been solved with the revelation that he was arrested last week on an extreme DUI charge. The 52-year-old Gilbert resident made no secret of how he spent the past four grueling months by telling the arresting officer he was a member of the Jodi Arias jury.
Daniel Gibb was arrested for extreme DUI after the officers suspected him of being at a certain level of intoxication based on the series of tests he was asked to perform. On Tuesday, the arresting officer was called to the court to speak in a sealed meeting with the judge, the prosecutor and the defense attorneys handling the trial. What was discussed in the secret meeting at the Maricopa County Courtroom was closed and confidential, however just two days later the man was dismissed by Judge Sherry Stephens with no reason given in open court.
The male jury member, who was known as “The Note Taker” for his constant scribbling in court, became the third juror to be released. The first juror was released after showing bias while the second was excused by the judge for a medical illness. This leaves 15 people, nine men and six women. Twelve of whom will eventually be selected at random to deliberate whether Arias, 32, goes free, spends the rest of her life behind bars, or is executed by lethal injection for the brutal slaying of Travis Alexander in Mesa, Arizona home.
Courts prefer that biased and misbehaving jurors are excused during the voir dire process, but like in the Jodi Arias trial, sometimes problem jurors fall through the cracks. Now Mr. Gibb will face legal woes of his own and the question remains whether any of the lasting 15 jurors will also be sent home before a verdict is reached.
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