Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Arizona Supreme Court denies review in Arias case


Convicted killer Jodi Arias listens to a question asked of her before speaking during an interview at the Maricopa County Estrella Jail on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Phoenix.  Photo / AP Ross D. FranklinPHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal on whether a judge improperly allowed prosecutors to seek a death sentence for Jodi Arias in the 2008 stabbing and shooting of her former boyfriend.

Arias’ lawyers filed the mid-trial appeal with the state high court three months ago after Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens denied a mistrial motion and a mid-level state court then refused to consider an appeal.

Arias’ lawyers say Stephens wrongly allowed a potential death sentence to be based on trial testimony that contradicted a police detective’s testimony during a 2009 hearing about how Travis Alexander was killed.

A jury in Phoenix convicted Arias on May 8 of first-degree murder, but jurors deadlocked May 23 on whether to impose a death sentence.

A new jury is to be impaneled in July to begin considering Arias’ sentence, a process that will require a mini-trial of sorts in the case that became a national spectacle because of its prurient aspects.

Arias, 32, testified she killed Alexander in self-defense at his home in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

The appeal centered on prosecutor’s contention during the trial that Alexander, 30, was killed in a cruel manner because he suffered mentally and physically by being stabbed and slashed before being shot.

Under Arizona law, committing a murder in a cruel manner is one of the grounds that can subject a convicted person to a death sentence.

Arias’ lawyers argued in January that the lead Mesa police detective on the case perjured himself during a 2009 pretrial hearing aimed at determining whether the death penalty should be considered an option for jurors.

Detective Esteban Flores testified at the 2009 hearing that based on his own review of the scene, and a discussion with the medical examiner, it was apparent that Alexander had been shot in the forehead first. Arias then repeatedly stabbed and slashed him 27 times and slit his throat, he said.

Contrary to Flores’ testimony at the 2009 hearing, the medical examiner told jurors the gunshot probably would have incapacitated Alexander. So given his extensive defense wounds, including stab marks and slashes to his hands, arms and legs, it wasn’t likely the shot came first.

Defense lawyers argued that the detective’s 2009 testimony was perjury, but Flores denied that and said during his trial testimony that he just misunderstood what the medical examiner told him.

Source: AP

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Patricia Nelson says:

LOVE LOVE HIM. HE WILL BRING THIS HOME!

   
wayne hill says:

Mr. Martinez did a fantastic job in prosecuting this case. Sir you are an awesome prosecutor.

   
wayne hill says:

Mr. Martinez did a fantastic job prosecuting this case. Sir you are awesome.

   
Madalene Greco says:

JA’s 15 minutes are up! Go get her JM and peace to the Alexander family in their long-standing grief. No matter what Travis may have said or perhaps used JA for, NO ONE deserves to die in this manner! Lock her up and throw away the key!

   
sandy lirette says:

And a big Thank You to Detective Flores who was so important in solving this slaughter.

   
Geechie says:

No way will the appellate court overrule anything prior to penalty in this case…

   
Patricia Nelson says:

YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS AWSOME, JUST ANOTHER STABBED IN THE HEART.

   
Jen Justice says:

Congrats to Juan Martinez for the most thorough job prosecuting a murderer I’ve ever seen!! His work is very impressive.

I think Jodi OBVIOUSLY deserves the death penalty, but whether she receives a death row sentence, or life without parole, her life will be nothing close to what her deluded mind has dreamed up. Estrella jail is a country club compared to the hell she is about to enter when she’s transferred to Perryville Prison. No more “Prison Idol” singing competitions. No more general population (at least for 3-5 years, at the earliest) and no more CAMERAS. She won’t be the media darling anymore. Those years of solitary confinement will begin taking an enormous toll on her mind and her sanity (not to mention, her looks!) What little sanity she actually has will be chipped away. She’ll WISH the 4 hold-out jurors had shown mercy by sentencing her to death!! What a peaceful way to slip off the planet and into the next life. Travis Alexander certainly wasn’t shown that type of mercy.

No programs will be initiated by Jodi in Prison. It’s a shame that lie was allowed to be presented. Also, any proceeds from book sales will go directly into the Alexander’s pockets…where it belongs. And in case any jurors are reading this, Jodi said 100% of the proceeds from her “survivor” t-shirts would go to domestic violence organizations but on her website, she tells people “a portion” will be donated…which usually means 5-15%. She just can’t stop lying, that nasty little murderer!!

I’m glad the Trayvon Martin trial has already replaced Jodi on the airwaves. It shows her just how unimportant she truly is. Even to her supporters. She was just the story of the moment. The current reality TV show being aired. But it’s wrapped. The cameras are gone. The courtroom is dark. Everyone has gone on with their lives and onto the next story. And even though we’ll briefly revisit this story one last time, Jodi’s 15 minutes are almost up.

   
LoveBunny says:

Until the next round, Jodi sits in her cramped little cell box, deviously spinning more lies in the dark. . . Her lawyers won’t be able to save her and neither will her lies. One by one they are all getting exposed.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

JUST A MATTER OF TIME. I MYSELF WAS GETTING SICK OF LOOKING AT HER, SHE IS GOING TO DEATH ROW. Mr. Martinez YOU WILL TURN THIS AROUND, END THIS INSANITY.

   
Connie Millr says:

Thank you Juan for your dedication to this case…I know In your heart, this is more than a job. I believe u truly care about his family…..But the facts speak for themselves….She needs to be where she can no more, hurt anyone……Maybe a permanent gag order…..No more drawings, and tweets or interviews…Still praying for the Alexanders and you Juan……………….peace to you and yours.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

THE JURORS SOME OF THEM MOUTHING “I AM SORRY” to Travis Alexanders family. FREAKING REALLY?

   
Jen Justice says:

Wasn’t that awesome!?!?! Love those jurors!!

   
LoveBunny says:

So the death penalty is still very firmly on the table for Arias!

   

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