Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Defense attorney urges jury to spare Jodi Arias life


Jodi Arias adjusts her glasses during her sentencing retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Phoenix. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013 in the 2008 killing of former boyfriend Travis Alexander. However, jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, P

Jodi Arias adjusts her glasses during her sentencing retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Phoenix. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in May 2013 in the 2008 killing of former boyfriend Travis Alexander. However, jurors deadlocked on her punishment. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle, P

PHOENIX (AP) — A defense lawyer displayed a series of happy images of Jodi Arias on Tuesday as he tried to garner sympathy from a jury that is deciding whether to send the convicted murderer to prison or death row.

Lawyer Kirk Nurmi put the Arias photo album on display as he urged jurors to spare her life. He called it a monumental decision as he asked jurors: “Would you kill Jodi Arias for what she’s done?”

“In some ways, the choice before you is simple, right? Life or death,” Nurmi said.

Nurmi showed jurors a series of photos through Arias’ life, including images of her family and victim Travis Alexander. He reiterated that the 34-year-old Arias has borderline personality disorder and suffered physical and emotional abuse from her parents and Alexander — claims that have never been corroborated but have become a centerpiece of her efforts to avoid the death penalty.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez was scheduled to make his closing argument later Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Arias attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman. Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her.

The closing arguments came as a lengthy trial is drawing to a close.

Arias first went on trial in January 2013 in the deadly stabbing and shooting of Alexander. She was convicted of first-degree murder five months later after a salacious trial that revealed intimate details of her and Alexander’s love life along with gruesome details of the killing.

The same jury could not agree on a punishment for Arias, creating a new penalty phase of the trial that began last year. The trial dragged on for several months amid a series of expert witnesses and the surprising October decision by Judge Sherry Stephens to remove reporters and spectators from the courtroom so Arias could testify in private. A higher court halted the testimony on its second day amid complaints from news organization.

The retrial revealed few new details about the crime and was more subdued than Arias’ first trial, which turned into a media circus. At the retrial, the judge barred the broadcast of footage from the proceedings until after a verdict is reached. She did, however, agree to allow live broadcast coverage of the sentencing verdict.

Arias passed up a chance Monday to address the jury, saying she wanted to make such comments but insisting the courtroom be cleared. She said she wouldn’t make any remarks if she could be seen and heard from a remote viewing room. Stephens said an appeals court has forbidden Arias from making such comments behind closed doors.

JACQUES BILLEAUD

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judy1121 says:

please help. i am a little confused. did the jodi arias trial end today, or does kirk nurmi get a chance at sur-rebuttal tomorrow, feb. 25, 2015? thank you so much.

   
Edie Morse says:

So does JSS, really. For this was the most appalling instruction that I have ever heard of:–

* MaryEllen Resendez @maryellenabc15 1m1 minute ago:
[JSS’s instruction:–] Jurors also must consider #JodiArias suffers from PTSD and is remorseful for brutally killing former boyfriend #TravisAlexander #abc15 * MaryEllen Resendez @maryellenabc15 30s30 seconds ago

Never has Skank shown even a whit of remorse. It was an highly inappropriate instruction by JSS to instruct the jury that they must consider both “PTSD” & her “remorse” as fact– and thus, it was really a lbig blow for Juan Martinez. Jodi Arias has never shown any sign of remorse whatsoever… just the opposite… she has implied that Travis Alexander “had it coming”… and therefore, for JSS to read that instruction was a big blow; for now, the jury have to accept “remorse” as a fact– when in fact, they are supposed to determine that for themselves, as the trier of fact, by law

   
lee c fairfax says:

I have never trusted JSS and wonder, seriously, how she will rule if it is left to her. With good time and time served and flattened time she could be out in 12 years. Remorse has NEVER been shown and DV and childhood violence were only from Jodi’s own lying lips.

   
lee c fairfax says:

is it possible Jodi will be granted the right to speak at the end of KN’s final closing? If Jodi changes her mind I can’t see the judge refusing her.

   

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