|Dismissed Arias Juror Calls Serving 'Great Experience'|
|By ALYSSA NEWCOMB (@AlyssaNewcomb)||Apr 27, 2013, 6:17 PM|
A juror in the Jodi Arias trial who was dismissed after listening to four months of proceedings called his time on the jury a "great experience."
Police in Gilbert, Ariz., said when Daniel Gibb was arrested last Saturday night, he told the arresting officer he was a juror on the Jodi Arias murder trial.
On Tuesday, the officer met with the judge, prosecutor and defense attorneys in a sealed hearing, ABC News' Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV reported.
Two days later, the man who was known as Juror 8, who had taken copious notes throughout the trial and submitted several questions to witnesses on the stand, was dismissed without comment by Judge Sherry Stephens.
"It was a privilege to know the other jurors and I will miss them," Gibb said in a statement to KNXV Saturday. "It was actually a great experience. Thank you for respecting my privacy."
He is the third juror to be dismissed from proceedings since the trial began in the Phoenix courtroom in January.
Fifteen jurors will listen to the rest of the trial, and 12 will enter into deliberations. Closing arguments are expected to begin on Thursday or Friday.
Arias, 32, faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. She initially denied killing Alexander, 30, but claimed two years later that she killed him in self-defense.
ABC News' Ryan Owens and Shana Druckerman contributed to this report.