This just in from the courtroom.
Judge Fidler has excused Juror #5 due to financial hardship. He has been replaced by alternate Juror #3/Juror 15, an Asian woman. The make-up of the jury is now 6 men and 6 women.
There were 18 jurors. Numbers 1 through 18. Alternate #1 would be Juror #13 and so on down the line. Judge Fidler put the numbers in a manila envelope and as the courtroom watched, he put his hand in the envelope, moved it around and pulled out a number: #3. At first, the Asian woman did not realize that she was the one selected. She looked to her left then her right and then realized that it was her. There was a bit of laughter about that. I think her confusion stemmed from the fact the Jurors are called by their numbers 1-18, and Judge Fidler addressed her as "Alternate #3."
Before he left the courtroom, Juror #5 was specifically instructed by Fidler that he was not to discuss the case until the case was completed. The new Juror #5 took her new seat and Fidler then asked the other two alternates to move down one seat to their right. There is now an empty seat space between Juror #12 and Alternate #1. The remaining alternates will still be known by their numbers 13, 14, 16, 17, 18. Sprocket