Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Authorities provide security for holdout juror in Arias case


Convicted murderer Jodi Arias, center, watches jury enter courtroom before hearing their verdict Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias was spared the death penalty on Thursday after a jury for a second time could not decide on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool)

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias, center, watches jury enter courtroom before hearing their verdict Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias was spared the death penalty on Thursday after a jury for a second time could not decide on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, Pool)

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities were providing security Friday for the sole juror who voted to spare the life of convicted murderer Jodi Arias.

No threats had been reported against any of the 12 jurors, authorities said. However, the lone holdout on the death penalty had requested the security after her name was posted on social media.

Prosecutors also said they’re examining whether the holdout disclosed that her husband had been prosecuted by the same county attorney who headed the case against Arias.

The 2013 trial of Arias became a global sensation with its revelations about her sexual relationship with the victim and that she had slit his throat so deeply that he was nearly decapitated.

She was convicted of murder but that jury deadlocked on her punishment.

Prosecutors say Arias killed Alexander as revenge because he wanted to date other women and was planning a trip to Mexico with his latest love interest.

The name of the holdout juror in the sentencing retrial was leaked through a Twitter account that also posted sympathetic comments about Arias’ victim Travis Alexander. The juror could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, a pro-Arias website published names of 11 people it said were the jurors who voted to sentence Arias to death for the 2008 killing.

A mistrial was declared Thursday and a judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to life in prison or life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Arizona law prohibits the public release of juror names. It’s unknown how the identities were leaked, but information appeared online after jurors who favored the death penalty expressed frustrations over the holdout.

Juror Emily Cova said she was relieved to hear that authorities were looking into the leak.

“I was a little nervous last night. But I’m feeling better now,” said Cova, who agreed to be named.

Aaron Nash, a spokesman for the clerk of Maricopa County Superior Court, said no member of the clerk’s staff reported being approached by anyone seeking the names of jurors.

“The office’s primary concerns are the safety and privacy of these individuals who responded to this difficult and lengthy call to public service,” Nash said in a statement.

Most of the jurors discussed their deliberations with the media on Thursday. However, the holdout hasn’t publicly commented.

Her phone wasn’t in service. She didn’t return emails seeking comment. And no one answered the door when a reporter knocked on the door to her home Friday.

Officials at Maricopa County Superior Court didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.

Arias will remain in the Estrella Jail in west Phoenix as she testifies in a civil case. Further information on the matter wasn’t immediately available.

Once her testimony is complete, Arias will be sent to prison.

She’ll begin her sentence in a 12-by-7 foot cell in a maximum-security unit at the Perryville prison for women, located 30 miles west of downtown Phoenix. If prison officials deem her behavior good over time, she could be moved to a medium security unit.

JACQUES BILLEAUD, TERRY TANG

Source: AP

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Janet says:

This is so horrific. A juror’s name should never be released in a high profile case such as this case. Pro or Con, these jurors gave up 4+ months of their lives to perform their civic duty and the anger that is being spewed across this country, especially toward #17 is dangerous for her and her family. I pray she stays safe regardless how I feel about her vote. And shame on the journalist who released it.

   
Cindy says:

Please Judge throw Jodi AND the bloody rug that was cut out of Travis’ room in a cell
FOREVER !!! May she rot in jail then in Hell.

   
Patricia says:

Watched this from the beginning, saw the horrific pictures and this one, one , one, juror. It is not as though they were executed her tomorrow but is a much different world on death row.

   
Jessica Higgins says:

Ues yes jofi jodi ann arias is dpin going to womans prison for life she will never got parole

   
Patricia says:

I wonder if she knew exactly how she was going to decide and nothing was going to change her mind, I can’t figure out how she even got on this jury.

   
lee c fairfax says:

of course, don’t harass jurors, ever! but questions must be asked as to why both #17’s past and present husband were successfully prosecuted and imprisoned by juan and her face book page has always said she was anti death penelty and yet she was put on this jury. No wonder Hodi was smiling through out.

   

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