Prosecutor In Jodi Arias Trial Claims Juror Fell In Love With Killer

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.


Bill Zervakos. Photo: ABC

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.

Related: Jodi Arias Narrowly Avoids Death Penalty Thanks To One Juror

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.

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  • Cinnamon71

    It wouldn’t surprise me. He seemed to have a “hard on” for her. It’s amazing that there was even a first degree murder conviction against her the way he was acting and thinking. I think that 20-30 something guy was lusting after her, too. I think they were the two of the four original jurors that voted against death.

  • Traci

    I would like too know how this information was gathered? I was under the impression his book wouldn’t be out for a few more weeks.

  • nanci

    thats why i hate being on a jury, sometimes you meet up people on the pool, that are just so naive, and dont want to hand down justice, based on age, color, beauty, economic status etc. I believe if you do the crime you should do the time, whether you are rich, or poor, young or old, beautiful or ugly. Thats how casy anthony got off, because she was young and nice looking.

  • nanci

    and then they show how casey went to a bar, and drank and celebrated, how you could do that, and your young child is dead. I just hate juries, but they will be fast to commit a poor, old, not too cute fat woman or man, but if you young, beautiful, rich, and have connections, you liable to get off, or get a soft time.

  • nanci

    jodi just looking for a man, she dont care what man it is, she is still trying to connive her way in jail, if that were an old black poor woman, guess what she would be in the corners of the prison, and you will never hear about her again.