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Jodi Arias Trial: Testimony resumes in murder trial with defense misconduct challenge

Jodi Arias walks off the witness stand during her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2013. AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool

Jodi Arias during her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2013.
David Wallace, Pool,AP Photo/The Arizona Republic

(AP) PHOENIX - The Jodi Arias murder trial resumes as defense attorneys argue the prosecutor committed misconduct by signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans.

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Arias' defense team contends the prosecutor's antics may have tainted the jury if anyone on the panel witnessed it.

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The judge privately questioned jurors individually last week. Later, a legal correspondent for Turner Broadcasting's "In Session" was asked about what she saw.

On Sunday, Arias' defense lawyers filed a separate motion seeking a mistrial due to juror misconduct. They claim it was discovered during the closed proceedings last week. They did not cite specifics, but note that removing the juror would also be an option. That would leave five alternate jurors, in addition to the 12 who will decide the case.

Arias could get the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in his Phoenix home

Testimony is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

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