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Jo-Ellan Dimitrius believes Arias will get first degree murder

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We are hearing from the woman who was instrumental in picking the OJ Simpson jury. And she's been watching the Jodi Arias case closely.

"I don't think that process will be a very fast process," says Jo-Ellan Dimitrius.

Jo-Ellan Dimitrius knows juries. She helped pick the jury that acquitted OJ Simpson in 1995.

She believes the jurors deliberating on the 5th floor of the courthouse in Phoenix are well aware that their decision could lead to Arias getting the death penalty.

"Anybody in any situation is going to take that very slowly and weed through all of that information."

Dimitrius travels the country helping attorneys select jurors. But unlike other states, jurors in Arizona can ask questions.

"Jurors being allowed to ask questions is a tremendous advantage to both sides because you know a little more about the mindset of the jury."

Dimitrius believes the questions the jurors asked Arias during her days on the stand showed many of them doubted her story.

"Very clearly they were tuned into her manipulative ways."

The jury has had its share of drama too. Two jurors who were kicked off the case came back to court as spectators.

"It says that they are so captivated by what is going on, they want to see it through to closure."

Dimitrius feels the jurors are going to take their time but eventually convict Arias of first degree premeditated murder.

"These folks are in no hurry. They get to sit through the most sensational trial Arizona has had in a very long time and they get to be paid for it."

In Arizona, a juror on a long trial can get paid up to $300 a day. It all depends on how much income the juror is losing by being part of a long trial.

By the way, in the OJ trial, jurors deliberated for less than four hours before finally acquitting him in the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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