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Juror No. 5 tells her side of the story

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She spent 3 months seeing evidence and listening to testimony, but was kicked off the Jodi Arias jury on Tuesday. She showed up in court Thursday as an observer. And today, she's talking to us.

We talked to the woman known as Juror No. 5 at her Phoenix home. She was excused from the jury for apparently talking about the case with other jurors.

She caused a big stir when she showed up in the courtroom, and told us she never expected to get all this attention. She says she really just wanted to go back to watch the trial because it had become such a big part of her life. She feels committed to it, and still takes it very seriously.

Juror No. 5 sat in the gallery during Thursday's afternoon testimony, and at one point, the judge acknowledged her and told the other jurors not to talk to her until after the trial is over.

She asked we not reveal her name, and said she's not going to talk about exactly what she said that had her dismissed from the jury.

"I just wanted to show my face there in a way... I didn't do anything wrong so I'm not running away from things," she said. "Everybody tends to blame you and put guilt on you but I know what happened and I will be more than happy to disclose that after the trial."

We asked her if she planned to go back to the courtroom, and what's been the hardest thing about being on the jury.

"I think I'm gonna stay home and watch it from here," she said. "Seeing those crime scene photos, that's what was the hardest for me. I came from the war, it was not easy to watch the photos of Travis."

Juror No. 5 is a Bosnian immigrant. She moved to the United States as a teenager.

Despite how graphic the evidence and testimony, she said she was constantly taking notes.

"Somebody's life is at stake and she also took someone's life, you have to be there 100 percent."

Finally, we asked Juror No. 5 if she thinks Jodi Arias is guilty.

"Not yet, I would not like to disclose that until the trial is over and after that I have plenty to say."

When she was chosen for the jury, she was told the trial would last at least through April, so for months now, she's stayed away from watching TV and going online. And she hasn't been allowed to talk to anyone about the trial. It's something she's gotten used to, she said.

Juror No. 5 told us that serving on this jury has given her such an incredible perspective on the legal system here.

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