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Next steps for jury in Jodi Arias case

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

For about forty-five minutes on Friday, the twelve jurors who will decide Jodi Arias' fate were able to do something they have not been able to do over the past four months: finally talk about the case among themselves.

It is unknown whether the eight man 4 women jury has elected a foreman or whether they have taken an initial poll to see where the others stand.

A verdict in case could come as soon as Monday morning or it could, perhaps, take weeks. Jurors will not be allowed to deliberate over the weekend.

Trying to predict what may happen is a tricky proposition. Legal experts say you can never tell what a jury is thinking.

"It's impossible," says defense attorney Scott Maason. "A lawyer that says he knows what a jury is going to do is lying to you. Although, no one experts her to walk out of the courthouse."

If Jodi Arias is handed a first degree murder conviction, then the sentencing phase could add at least two more weeks to this case. If jurors realize that, there are questions as to whether that could sway their decision away from a first degree murder conviction.

"They can't help but sitting on this jury and thinking about punishment. Who's gonna do it. The judge? Are we gonna do it? Its gotta factor in to their minds on some level," says Maason.

Plenty of juror questions were posed to witnesses during the trial and its possible more may come as deliberations go on.

"They can ask questions. A lot of times the judge will say refer back to what you heard during the trial," says Maason. "If they have specific questions the judge will basically say go back and you'll have to figure it out on your own."

Maason says it is surprising the jury is not sequestered because no outside influence should be allowed to affect their decision.

It will certainly be difficult for jurors to ignore those influences over the weekend as the trial is the top story on local television and plastered throughout the internet on news and social media sites.

Deliberations resume at 9:00am Monday morning and will continue each day until 4:30pm until a verdict is reached.

When the verdict is handed down, the judge will be the one who reads it aloud.

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