Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Jodi Arias penalty phase retrial set for September


This May 15, 2013, file pool photo shows Jodi Arias looking at the family of Travis Alexander as the jury arrives during the sentencing phase of her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias' legal bills have topped $2 million, a tab being footed by Arizona taxpayers that will only continue to climb with a new penalty phase set for March, officials said Monday Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, File)

This May 15, 2013, file pool photo shows Jodi Arias looking at the family of Travis Alexander as the jury arrives during the sentencing phase of her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias’ legal bills have topped $2 million, a tab being footed by Arizona taxpayers that will only continue to climb with a new penalty phase set for March, officials said Monday Jan. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors will again try to convince a jury to sentence Jodi Arias to death in a second penalty phase that will begin in September.

During a hearing Monday, which Arias did not attend, a judge set the new trial date with jury selection to begin Sept. 8.

The 33-year-old former waitress was convicted of first-degree murder in May for the 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on a sentence.

Under Arizona law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence.

If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her entire life behind bars or to be eligible for release after 25 years.

Her second penalty phase retrial had been scheduled to begin Monday but was postponed because of a prosecution scheduling conflict.

Arias admitted that she killed her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home but claimed it was self-defense. He suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, had his throat slit and was shot in the forehead. Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage when Alexander wanted to end their affair.

Also Monday, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi told the judge he had filed a motion seeking to have the death penalty removed as an option for sentencing. The document wasn’t yet publicly available, and Nurmi didn’t return a telephone message seeking comment.

Judge Sherry Stephens has already denied similar previous motions by the defense.

Last month, Stephens denied a separate defense motion that argued Arizona law allowing a retrial of the penalty phase is unconstitutional.

BRIAN SKOLOFF

Source: AP

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LjG says:

She needs to be terribly hurt by a slip and fall in her weekly show and somehow never recover! Sadly, the Alexander family is serving a sentence also. This killer needs to expire!!

   
carole broussard says:

She needs the death penalty, even if they don’t actually put her to death. That way (1) she’s isolated,no sex of any kind which seemed to be important to her, (2) she has no chance of ever getting released on parole, and (3) She can’t profit from those crummy pictures she traces.

   
carol. says:

definitely life without parole with no way of ever getting out.

   
Colerain says:

I just want this evil being to just go away. September seems so far off. Juan Martinez is brilliant, and if he needs time than so be it. Judge Stephens please if the jury can’t agree, please don’t give her life with parole. She is too dangerous. She’d be in her 50’s, that would be a slap in the face to this family and his friends.

   
Dee Williamson says:

I want her to get the death penalty for this reason: If she gets life with no parole, she gets to continue to paint pictures and sell them and live her life as a special person. If she gets the death penalty, she will not be put to death, but it will limit what she can and wants to do. She will not be put in the general population, and cannot live her life as a celebrity!!
She deserves to live the rest of her life in isolation!!! JUST SAYING………..

   
TrudyLynn says:

Well if the Judge approved removing the death penalty from the table then why waste money on a retrial if the end result can only be what she is already eligible for. The Judge can just sentence her to life without and we don’t have to hear from her again.
Oh and on the retrial being unconstitutional…. How Wurmi when it’s exactly the way the law is written which is why we are waiting still for stabbie to go away forever. If it was deemed thus written to be unconstitutional, then she would have been sentenced to life at that time and we wouldn’t have had to be hearing from her for that last year.

   

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