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Published: Thursday, 4/25/2013

Arias spectacle grows as trial seat sold for $200

Spectacle that has become the Jodi Arias murder trial grows, seat in gallery sold for $200

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FILE - In a Thursday, April 11, 2013 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, talks to her attorney, Jennifer Wilmott, during her murder trial in Phoenix. Dozens of enthusiasts flock to court each day for a chance to score one of a handful of seats open to the public in Arias’ ongoing murder case in Arizona. The tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and nearly four months into the trial, the crowds are growing.  This week, one trial regular sold her spot to another person for $200 _ and both got reprimands from the court on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool) FILE - In a Thursday, April 11, 2013 file photo, Jodi Arias, right, talks to her attorney, Jennifer Wilmott, during her murder trial in Phoenix. Dozens of enthusiasts flock to court each day for a chance to score one of a handful of seats open to the public in Arias’ ongoing murder case in Arizona. The tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and nearly four months into the trial, the crowds are growing. This week, one trial regular sold her spot to another person for $200 _ and both got reprimands from the court on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Wallace, Pool)
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PHOENIX — Scalping tickets is nothing new in the sports and music world, but for a murder trial?

Dozens of people flock to court each day for a chance to score one of a handful of seats open to the public in Jodi Arias’ murder trial. The tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and nearly four months in, crowds are growing.

This week, one woman sold her spot for $200. She says court officials pulled them both aside and reprimanded them Tuesday. The seller returned the money. The purchaser kept her seat.

Desiree Lee, who sold the spot, tells ABC15 in Phoenix she doesn’t understand the fuss.

Arias faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder. She says it she killed Travis Alexander self-defense.



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