Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

5 things to know about Arias sentencing retrial

Jodi-Arias-May-21-2013-PhotoAP-Ross-D-FranklinPHOENIX (AP) — Jurors in Phoenix will once again be asked to decide whether Jodi Arias should be executed for the gruesome murder of her former boyfriend.

Lawyers are expected to make opening statements Tuesday at the sentencing retrial, more than a year after a jury found her guilty of killing Travis Alexander in June 2008. The first jury deadlocked on whether to sentence her to life imprisonment or death.

A new jury that was picked over the past several weeks will be sworn in as the former waitress tries to make another case that her life should be spared. They won’t consider whether or not she’s guilty – that’s already been decided.

The retrial is expected to last into December.

Here are five things to know about the case:


Arias stabbed and slashed Alexander nearly 30 times, slit his throat so deeply she nearly decapitated him and shot him in the forehead. She left his body in his shower where friends found him about five days later at his suburban Phoenix home.

She acknowledged she killed Alexander, but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors said it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.


Weeks after Arias was convicted, the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on her punishment. Her attorneys have since sought, unsuccessfully, to dismiss the death penalty as an option.

If another deadlock occurs, the death penalty would automatically be removed as an option, leaving a judge to sentence Arias to one of two options: life in prison or life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

The sentencing retrial will be a mini-trial of sorts to get a fresh jury up to speed on the case.


Four hundred people were called as prospective jurors. Many of them were cut after they said they either made up their minds about the case or knew too much to be impartial. Some jurors cited their objection to the death penalty.


At her last trial, she testified for 18 days, describing for jurors an abusive childhood, cheating boyfriends, dead-end jobs, a shocking sexual relationship with Alexander, and her contention that he was physically abusive. Her first trial drew a global following and inspired spectators to wait in line in the middle of the night to get a coveted seat in the courtroom. This time around, the judge has ruled that cameras can record the proceedings, but nothing can be broadcast until after the verdict.


The costs of defending Arias have topped $2.5 million and will mount during a second penalty phase. Prosecutors have declined to provide their costs to try the case.


Source: AP

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Bob Bowie says:

Question If OJ and Jodi were locked in the same room with one knife who do you think would in the fight ? THxs

Trish says:

If OJ & Jodi were in a room with a knife, who would win? The rest of us.

Ray Paquette says:

I’m from Vancouver Canada.I watched every minutes of the first trial.I’m retired so I could do that.My comment is this:Knowing how Jodi loves the cameras and that it helped her in the first trial(Deadlock jury) why she did’nt fight to have the cameras in the courtroom.

Patricia says:

I watched the whole trial also, so disappointed that there won’t be any cameras in court, I wanted to see Mr. Juan Martinez in action again.

py says:

think that opening is cameras playing…that true?

Martina says:

Great work. I indeed posetd the following comment and now am unable to access the site: These are the facts that I cannot get past. 1. An unusual-caliber gun was stolen from Jodi’s grandparents shortly before the killing. 2. The last picture taken of Travis alive is him seated on the floor in the shower, with the right side of his head facing out towards the bathroom 3. When Mr.Martinez asked Jodi to demonstrate how Travis came at her “like a linebacker”, Jodi crouched down and turned the right side of her head forward.Here’s what happened: Jodi stole the gun and brought it with her to Travis’ for a reason. She purposely asked Travis to sit on the shower floor, getting him in a vulnerable position. Standing above him and to his right, she shot him in the head. But he didn’t die as she expected. He got up. She freaked out and ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. By this time he was able to make it down the hallway. In a frenzy, she started stabbing at him. He tried to defend himself, and one or more of the fatal blows came in the hallway, in the area where the very large stain of blood was located.

Barbara says:

Beautifully written Miro. You alawys tend to capture the core of an inner truth we carry bringing it to light through your eloquence and honesty. I love this one and it reminds me of the no comfort zone’ challenge some of us are taking this year. When we take steps to move beyond what feels comfortable, we do indeed find the richness that lies deeper within. Much love and a very happy new year to you, my wise friend. xo

Estela says:

The selecltive tanetmert of You Tube is past understanding as to allow in certain countries and ban within the other individuals it need to respect the sentiments on the masses as most of us live inside a single Earth,now we have to believe globally and to respect the public international law and conventions or treaties, among the nations.

scott Fitzgerald says:

Over 2.5 million bucks for this trial. Ithought I just heard no cameras.Is that true.
After watching the whole trial and waiting for a retrial they turn cameras off?
Well one thing is no arias playing to cameras anyway.


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