Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Juan Martinez, Travis’ family insist on the death penalty for Jodi Arias


Jodi-Arias-May-8-2013-PhotoAP-The-Arizona-Republic-Rob-Schumacher-Pool2PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities plan to try again to secure the death penalty for convicted murderer Jodi Arias after jurors in her trial deadlocked last month on a sentence, the county’s top prosecutor said Wednesday.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the June 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home.

About two weeks later, the same panel failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to life in prison or death.

While her murder conviction will stand, prosecutors now have the option of pursuing a new penalty phase aiming for the ultimate punishment or avoiding it altogether, leading to a life sentence for Arias, but Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office has no plans to do the latter.

“We’re continuing to prepare for a retrial,” Montgomery said at a news conference Wednesday.

Given Arias could not afford her own defense, taxpayers footed the bill for 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.

The judge set a July 18 retrial date for a new penalty phase, something that could take several months as attorneys put on 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 a case that attracted global attention and became daily cable TV and tabloid fodder with tales of sex, lies and violence.

Montgomery said previously he is confident an impartial jury can be seated but added he is open to input from defense lawyers and the victim’s family about possibly scraping a new trial in favor of a life sentence for the former waitress.

Montgomery also spoke Wednesday about Arias defense attorney’s assertions recently that the state is trying to impose a death sentence on a mentally ill woman.

He said she was found competent to stand trial and any statement that she isn’t fit for the proceedings “is simply inaccurate.”

During her four-month trial, experts testified on Arias’ behalf that she suffers from amnesia and post-traumatic stress disorder and is a battered woman. Prosecutors countered with their own witness who told jurors Arias suffered from borderline personality disorder, a contention vehemently attacked by her defense attorneys throughout the trial.

Earlier this month, Arias’ attorneys turned to the court of public opinion hoping to influence Montgomery’s decision on whether to seek a retrial of the penalty phase.

“If the diagnosis made by the state’s psychologist is correct, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is seeking to impose the death penalty upon a mentally ill woman who has no prior criminal history,” attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott wrote in a statement provided only to The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper.

The statement went on to address the cost of the trial, noting it is up to Montgomery’s office “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.”

A status conference in the case is set for June 20.

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Patricia Nelson says:

They are going to start up this trial again, just one more step, death row and when she gets it and she will, they will take her straight to the adjustment center, meaning her new life on death row, not pretty.

   
Ginger says:

Jodi should get dp she did horrible crime law of land says dp is warranted if she get lwop in 3 yrs she can be moved to wing with other inmates and she be happy she start her shit again trashing Travis tweeting she get benefits to call her freind Donavan to tweet for her. She have a normal life behind bars. No she needs to die Travis did not have a chance. She not mental she evil and turn herself into good Jodi or bad Jodi il ow people like her. So hope Juan and his team get job done it been 5 yrs defense had lots of time there upset they lost and nurmi for his living defends child molesletersool at his web site. That is where try came up with Jodi defense about Travis nurmi te one who’s mental defending those kid of people

   
Patricia Nelson says:

SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, Vbmg152

   
Vbmg152 says:

You know, Travis didn’t get a chance at life or death! Sentence her to death & let the family try to heal! My dear sister was murdered in 1993, we found her remains in 2000! Her killer is serving life in FL state prison. He’s a stranger to us, we have no idea how or why he killed her. All we recovered were clothes, shoes, ID, & a few bones! It hurts & you think about it everyday of your life!

   
PhillyGirl4DP says:

I believe the new jury will do the right thing…give her the death penalty.

   
Patricica Nelson says:

I DO NOT GET IT ON THIS MESS, WHY? ALL THIS TIME.YEARS.

   
Patricica Nelson says:

DO NOT BE SHY ON THIS! KEEP TALKING!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

NOW THEY WANT TO PUT HER IN A MENTAL WARD, AND STOP THIS FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS! NO WAY IN HELL. MY HOPE.

   
cecelia says:

wurmi needs to get a grip BPD is a PERSONALITY disorder NOT a mental illness, her biggest problems are her love for herself and her unwillingness to take a hell no get away from me ho, for an answer.
fatass should go eat another restaurant and stfu

   
Patricia Nelson says:

KEEP SAYING YOUR STUFF ON THIS, I HAVE ALOT, PEOPLE WANT ME TO SHUT UP! THIS IS ALMOST OVER THEN I WILL BE DONE!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

DO NOT BACK ON THIS, EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

WAITING UNTIL THE END OF THIS, LONG TIME COMING, DEATH ROW AS IT SHOULD BE.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

YOU WILL NOT BACK ON THIS, MR. MARTINEZ, ALMOST THERE.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

DEATH IF THAT MY SON, CAN NOT SAY IT ENOUGH.

   
Bobbie says:

I totally agree with the family and juan . Boy for all the arguing the defense did at trial with the states diagnosis they have alotta nerve trying to use it in their favor in their comments – the only mental problem arias has is being way to vain !!! Lets all hope and pray for death for such a brutal murder . She deserves no sympathy

   
Joan Bundas says:

If they are sooooo worried about spending the taxpayers money. they could do it for nothing.

   
PhillyGirl4DP says:

i agree

   

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