Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Arias attorneys seek delay of second penalty phase


Jodi Arias May 22 2013 Photo / AP - The Arizona Republic Rob Schumacher, PoolPHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys for Jodi Arias have asked an Arizona judge to delay until next year a retrial of the penalty phase in her case to allow the convicted murderer time to gather witnesses to testify on her behalf.

In a motion filed this week, they are seeking a new trial date for January.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the June 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home.

About two weeks later, the same panel failed to reach a unanimous decision, with eight jurors voting for the death penalty and four for life in prison.

Arias’ attorneys had planned to call witnesses during the sentencing phase to convince jurors her life was worth sparing, but they changed their plans at the last minute, saying an Arias friend refused to take the stand after receiving threats.

Her attorneys then wanted a mistrial, arguing Arias’ right to present a full picture of her life to the jury had been compromised. The judge denied the motion, and the proceedings moved forward with only Arias testifying on her behalf during the penalty phase.

In the motion filed in Phoenix late Wednesday, defense attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott argue the delay until January is needed to allow Arias time “to find alternative means of painting the picture” of her life for jurors.

Both attorneys also said they have scheduling conflicts with the current July 18 date set for retrial. The judge had not yet ruled on the motion Thursday.

While her murder conviction will stand, prosecutors have the option of pursuing a new penalty phase aiming for the ultimate punishment or avoiding it altogether, leading to a life sentence for Arias. However, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that his office was preparing to try again for the death penalty.

Under Arizona law, a new panel would have to be seated to determine Arias’ fate, something that could take several months as attorneys put on a mini-trial of sorts to get a fresh jury up to speed on the case. Jury selection alone could take weeks, given the difficulty of seating an impartial panel in a case that attracted global attention and became daily cable TV fodder with tales of sex, lies and violence.

If a second panel of jurors fails to reach a unanimous decision, death would automatically be taken off the table, and the judge would sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars or life with the possibility of release after 25 years.

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joan kamen says:

This would not even be a death case where I live in the eastern part of the U. S.
If I were a resident of Az. I would rather see my taxes go for Helping victims of
domestic violence or helping disadvantaged youth stay out of prison, not for vengence.

This is all this case is about.

   
bill says:

your crazy hope something like this happens to your family see if you feel the same way.

   
AQB says:

There is only one domestic victim in this case and HE is dead. I don’t care what part of the USA you would livein, this is a cruel death to the most extreme. If this was a man killing a women in the way s he did Travis. That an would havebeen on death row already. Sorry if anyone don’t agree with me,but it is the fact she is a ……..some would say cute, female that is the holdup on what she deserves. And that is death. I don’t blame the family for wanting this, at least her death will not be as horrifically cruel as what she did to Travis. Also, as a woman of domestic abuse I resent how she used that as her cause for what she has done. She lied, and within her lying, she has set the true victims back to the beginning.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

RIGHT,RIGHT, KAT THIS IS WHY THE FAMILY FIGHTING THIS UNTIL THE END, DEATH FREAKING ROW,AS IT SHOULD BE.

   
Kat says:

The only reason they want these delays is so she doesn’t have to go to the state prison as quickly. She can lounge around in the county jail with more priviliges, less restrictions and her gaggle of minions that she has brainwashed into thinking that she is the victim and not Travis. She doesn’t want to go to state prison and the only way to avoid it is to delay, delay, delay! No matter what the new jury decides she is going to the state pen, she just doesn’t want to lose her cushy county jail cell.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

TIME, TIME,TIME, CRAZY!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

SHE IS NOT HUMAN, SEAEAGLE, THE BLACK DEAD EYES ON HER.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

LORD HERE ARE PRAYER ON THIS. HE IS WATCHING ALWAYS.

   
Kathleen Waters says:

They had five years to prepare for this trial. FIVE YEARS to find people to testify on behalf of Jodi Arias. There isn’t enough time left in her life to find anyone willing to vouch for a convicted torture-murder. They couldn’t even call her MOTHER.

This is just another delaying tactic – hoping that Arizona voters will get sick of footing the bill for justice and be content to give her life without parole.

   
Michelle Baurhen. says:

I live in Maricopa County and a tax payer. That being said, I am discusted with how much money has been spent so far on this case when (in my opinion) she is completely deserving of the same end result that she gave to Mr. Alexander.

   
Seaeagle says:

Jodi needs time to present herself as a human and not an animal.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

SHE NEEDS TO BE PUT AWAY, DEATH ROW NO MORE TIME ON THIS.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? AFTER ALL THIS TIME? LOOK AT DEATH PHOTOS, WHAT SHE DID! MORE TIME, NO.

   

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