Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Judge in Arias case delays decision on next move

Jodi Arias May 1, 2013 Photo / AP - The Arizona Republic Mark Henle PoolPHOENIX (AP) — A judge delayed a decision Thursday on the next step for the murder trial of Jodi Arias, who made her first court appearance since the jury was unable to reach a decision last month on punishment for killing her boyfriend.

A shackled Arias walked into court escorted by several jail officers and briefly sat at the defense table as lawyers met privately in the chambers of Judge Sherry Stephens. The judge scheduled another hearing for July 18, the date a new penalty phase had been tentatively scheduled to start.

The proceeding lacked the sizzle of the five-month trial that attracted a global following and had spectators waiting in line in the middle of the night to get a coveted seat in the courtroom. On Thursday, the courtroom was about two-thirds full, the hearing was not televised, and there were no arguments in open court.

Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 8 in the June 2008 stabbing and shooting death of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home. About two weeks later, the same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death.

While the murder conviction will stand, a new penalty phase must occur to decide Arias’ punishment. It will be 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 the high-profile case.

Prosecutors have the option of taking the death penalty off the table, and Stephens would then sentence Arias to one of two punishments: life in prison or the more unlikely life in prison with the possibility of release after 25 years.

If prosecutors do pursue death, a new panel must be seated to determine a sentence. If another deadlock occurs, the death penalty would automatically be removed, leaving the judge to sentence Arias to one of the life-in-prison options.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said last week his office continues to prepare for a retrial aimed at securing a death sentence. He had previously said he is confident an impartial jury can be seated to determine Arias’ punishment but added that he is open to input from defense lawyers and the victim’s family about possibly scrapping a new trial in favor of a life sentence for Arias.

Meanwhile, after losing motions for mistrials, appeals to higher courts and efforts to quit the case altogether, Arias’ attorneys tried a new tactic this month, appealing to the court of public opinion while hoping to influence Montgomery’s decision.

“It is solely for them to determine if continuing to pursue a death sentence upon Ms. Arias, who is already facing a mandatory life sentence, is a good and proper use of taxpayer resources,” defense attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott wrote in a statement provided to The Arizona Republic.

Taxpayers footed the bill for Arias’ court-appointed attorneys at a cost so far of nearly $1.7 million, a price tag that will only balloon if the case moves forward.

Arias, 32, admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors argued 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.

Arias stabbed and slashed Alexander nearly 30 times, slit his throat so deeply she nearly decapitated him and shot him in the forehead. She then left his body in his shower where friends found him about five days later. She testified for 18 days during her four-month trial, describing for jurors an abusive childhood, cheating boyfriends, dead-end jobs, a shocking sexual relationship with Alexander, and her contention that he had grown physically abusive.


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Patricia Nelson says:

Keep say on this , trusts me I am!

madalene greco says:

Listen, TA did not deserve to be killed. He was not that true to his Mormonism as it were if he couldn’t control his urges BUT JA was a stalker, his booty call and nothing more. If you watched and believed the movie that just came out, then that was what it was – a botty call for him – but for her she was possessed, obsessed and “in love” with someone she was never going to have to herself. So she raged and overkilled him. Plain and simple in my book.

Patricia says:

I was watching HLN when they brought her into court in shackles and jail clothes, she should have worn that through the trial not her Nordstrom wardrobe. I know they say she has rights.

miz barb says:

it doesnt matter what you define their relationship as, jodi murdered travis, convicted murder now and i agree with maxwell, judge stephens needs to go and hold jodi’s hand, she is the worst thing that ever happened to the justice system!
darn shame the public and the media dont give her some rightly deserved negative exposure!

Tana says:

Jodi has a down syndrome.

Laura says:

Don’t insult those that have Down’s She is just plain psychopathic, narcissist, murderer. Plus the attorneys have other cases, all the time, so have to juggle schedule conflicts.

theresa says:

hooker call

Jo Ann says:

I don’t understand how this could be delayed any longer. It’s been 5 years. Is this breaking records for the longest tried case in history?

Bratcat22 says:

I have a feeling if DA Monygomery negotiates a life w/o parole instead of pursuing the DP,his JOB may be in jeopardy.Juan Martinez needs his job.JM’s no wimp!

Maxwell says:

Hodi today making an appearance in court wearing prison strips,have to say it looks good on her,also hope she is enjoying her tiny little cell to herself 23 hours a day.

Maureen Olin says:

She wasn’t his girlfriend. She was there and they had fun together. He liked Mimi and wanted to marry her. When Jodi found out there was no future between her and Travis and he liked someone else and she couldn’t take it that she wasn’t to be his wife. So she decided if I can’t have you, no one else can either.

Bratcat22 says:

She was a “booty call” PERIOD!

theresa says:

Booty call is just what she was!

Maxwell says:

This judge allowing these delays is so such a slap in the face to Travis’s family,my god let them have some closure and let them try to move on with their lives.

Bratcat22 says:

EXACTLY! Judge Stephen’s credibilty just went DOWN in my book.

Phyllis Spaks says:

I guess the judge wanted to go on vacation with numbo and willlie before the start of this phase, so they could get everything together, for her to walk in a few years!!
No justice in our court system anymore!!

Tommie says:

We have seen a circus atmosphere develope in other cases…like the baby killer in Florida where the jury and over-confident, slimey attorneys helped by the lowly court system get away with murder.
This case, in particular, has allowed not only the lawyers to rule, but because the sheriff “likes” the murder has allowed and continues to allow her to have everything her way.

Deela says:

Why the media keeps saying “boyfriend”?. He was her “EX Boyfriend”. Anyway I hope the judge won’t postpone her penalty I’m sick and tired of seeing her face all over the tv news and the internet. uhg

Gayle Lin says:

I don’t think he was ever really her boyfriend. She was strictly his booty call. They did make some trips together, but in looking at the photographs, can you tell me if he looks happy in any of the pictures of the two of them together?


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