A new book by one of the prosecutors in Jodi Arias‘ murder trial claims that a juror fell for the convicted murderer during the course of the proceedings.
According to the NY Post, prosecutor Juan Martinez won’t name names in his new book, Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars, which comes out next month.
But others involved in the case aren’t shy about pointing fingers — an alternate juror said the lovesick fellow in question was none other than jury foreman Bill Zervakos, 71. He was reportedly one of the only jury holdouts who refused to push for the death penalty for Arias.
Tara Harris Kelley, 32, told the Post, “I believe it was Bill, absolutely,” claiming the man would try to make eye contact with Arias whenever they had to meet in the judge’s chambers. She also noted that the rest of the jurors avoided looking at Arias.
Kelley told The Post she remembered Zervakos saying Arias was “young and attractive and that he didn’t see how somebody that young and attractive could kill anybody.”
Zervakos, for his part, denies the “ridiculous” accusations, insisting that, at 71 years old, he doesn’t “have a crush on her or anybody.”
Arias was convicted in 2013 of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander by shooting him, stabbing him, and slitting his throat in the shower at his home in Mesa, Arizona.