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PHOENIX - Tuesday may not have been the first time Juror #5 in the trial of Jodi Arias has been accused of improper conduct.
The juror in question, a married white woman in her 30s with multi-colored hair, was dismissed without explanation on Tuesday morning .
According to a motion filed Sunday by the admitted killer’s defense team, "statements Juror 5 made in front of her fellow jurors amounts to misconduct."
We do not know what those comments were, and likely won’t find out since the records are now sealed.
But we do know, this is not the first time the juror has been flagged in the court room.
In court records, we found a transcript of a phone call made to Judge Sherry Stephen’s division phone at 8:36 a.m. on February 23.
According to the transcript, the caller claims there are reports that the juror needs to be watched.
“The one with multi-colored hair is attempting to coach Arias from the jury box. She shakes her head no, no, no to tell Jodi not to answer a question,” the caller alleged in the message on Stephens' voicemail.
The caller then asks the judge if the alleged actions are permissible and if it should be looked into.
The caller continues on to say that “it’s the woman with pink and blue hair and she’s trying to coach Arias, trying to influence Arias’ answers from the jury…”
This complaint was not mentioned in the motion that was filed by Arias' team on Sunday, but involves the same juror.
We did reach out to Maricopa County Court officials to find out if any action was taken regarding this tip, but did not hear back from them.
But, Stephens' staff members felt it was important enough to enter in records.
Arias is accused of killing her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, by stabbing him 27 times, slashing his throat and shooting him.
If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
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