Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Jurors find Jodi Arias eligible for death penalty


Jodi Arias looks at the family of Travis Alexander as the jury arrives on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, during the sentencing phase of her trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Photo / AP - The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, PoolPHOENIX (AP) – The same jury that convicted Jodi Arias of murder one week ago took less than three hours Wednesday to determine that the former waitress is eligible for the death penalty in the stabbing death of her one-time lover.

The swift verdict sets the stage for the final phase of the trial to determine whether the 32-year-old Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty for the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander in a Phoenix suburb.

Prosecutors will call Alexander’s family and other witnesses in an effort to convince the panel Arias should face the ultimate punishment. Her defense lawyers will call family members in an attempt to gain sympathy from jurors to save her life. It’s not yet known if Arias will testify.

Arias showed no emotion Wednesday after the jury returned a decision that was widely expected given the violent nature of the killing. Investigators say she slashed the victim’s throat, stabbed him in the heart and shot him in the face in what they say was a jealous rage after Alexander wanted to date other women and take a trip to Mexico with his latest love interest.

The jury simply had to determine the killing was committed in an especially cruel and heinous manner to complete the “aggravation phase” of the trial and move on to the penalty portion. The jury got the case around noon, took a lunch break and returned the verdict around 3 p.m.

Family members of Alexander sobbed in the front row as prosecutor Juan Martinez took the jury through the killing one more time earlier in the day. He described how blood gushed from Alexander’s chest, hands and neck as the 30-year-old motivational speaker and businessman stood at the sink in his master bathroom and looked into the mirror with Arias behind him.

“The last thing he saw before he lapsed into unconsciousness … was that blade coming to his throat,” Martinez said. “And the last thing he felt before he left this earth was pain.”

Wednesday’s proceedings played out quickly, with only one prosecution witness and none for the defense. The most dramatic moments occurred when Martinez displayed photos of the bloody crime scene for the jury and paused in silence for two minutes to describe how long he said it took for Alexander to die at Arias’ hands.

Arias, wearing a silky, cream-colored blouse, appeared to fight back tears most of the morning, but didn’t seem fazed by the verdict. Afterward she chatted with her attorneys. Arias spent the weekend on suicide watch before being transferred back to an all-female jail where she will remain until sentencing.

Arias’ attorneys didn’t put on much of a case during the aggravation phase, offering no witnesses and giving brief opening statements and closing arguments. They said Alexander would have had so much adrenaline rushing through his body that he might not have felt much pain.

The only witness was the medical examiner who performed the autopsy and explained to jurors how Alexander did not die calmly and fought for his life as evidenced by the numerous defensive wounds on his body.

Minutes after her first-degree murder conviction last Wednesday, Arias granted an interview to Fox affiliate KSAZ, only adding to the circus-like environment surrounding the trial that has become a cable TV sensation with its graphic tales of sex, lies and violence.

“Longevity runs in my family, and I don’t want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place,” a tearful Arias said. “I believe death is the ultimate freedom, and I’d rather have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”

However, Arias cannot choose the death penalty. It’s up to the jury to recommend a sentence.

Arias acknowledged killing Alexander, saying it was self-defense. She initially denied any involvement in the killing, even proclaiming to a detective after her arrest in 2008: “I’m not guilty. I didn’t hurt Travis. If I hurt Travis, I would beg for the death penalty.”

BRIAN SKOLOFF

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Patricia Nelson says:

THEY BETTER THAT STRONG SEND HER TO DEATH .

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I NEED TO KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT, I SAY TOO MUCH ON THIS.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

WRAP IT UP, SHE IS DONE. NOTHING MORE TO SAY, WHAT CAN SHE SAY? NOTHING, SEND HER DEATH ROW.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

HAVE DINNER WITH US, MR. MARTINEZ WE ARE IN SAN DIEGO (619) 715-1066.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

BAD SPELLING SORRY!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

BRING IT BACK MR. MARETINEZ, LOVE YOU! TO THE END OF THIS. YOU WILL.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

WONDER WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN ON MONDAY, ANYTHING AFTER ALL THIS TIME.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

HE WAS PLAYING WITH FIRE, HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

MAKING HIM A SAINT, HE LET HER IN THE HOUSE FOR SEX, HE WAS SMUG, THOUGT HE COULD TAKE OF CARE OF IT, LOOK WHAT HAPPENED.

   
LoveBunny says:

A think that many lovely ladies should take Juan out to a celebratory dinner and just fuss all over him and gush about how great he is. . . He soooo deserves that!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

THEY SAY GOD HAS HIS OWN TIME AND IS NOW HERE.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

It is down hill from here, DEATH ROW, AS IT SHOULD BE, NO AM NOT EVIL,SAYING MY SAY. DID NOT MURDER.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

GOD LOVE YOU TONIGHT, TRAVIS ALEXANDER WE ARE ALMOST THERE.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I JUST HEARD ON HLN SHE IS GOING TO PLEAD FOR HER LIFE, DID TRAVIS? YES WE DID TODAY, THANK YOU MR. MARTENEZ.

   
ramblinrosee says:

I don’t care how much her defense team or Jodi herself begs for life. After seing the photos of what she did to that poor man, she deserves to die. I would have considered it a priveledge to meet someone as awesome as Travis. I am so so sorry for his family, for what they have had t go through, the lies they had to listen to from that demon posessed woman, and the evidence they had to look at. I would also like to say…way to go MR. Martinez!! Thak you for all your hard work.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

AFTER THIS NO MORE TRIAL WATCHING, I AM DONE.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

HER DAY HAS COME, IT IS OVER.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

SOMEONE CALLED ME BAT SHIT CRAZY! ON MY THOUGHT’S, REALLY??

   
Patricia Nelson says:

DON’T BE MEAN TO LOVEBUNNY, WE ARE HERE TO SAY WHAT WE THINK ON THIS!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

WE WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH YOU! COME TO SAN DIEGO OUR TREAT! I KNOW YOU ARE BUSY, BEING AWSOME!

   
Shabby pencils says:

LoveBunny: I heard that the Juanster was going through a divorce. Why don’t you send him a fan letter and a pair of your panties?

   
LoveBunny says:

Then maybe he can be my “Juan and only” true love?

About those panties: Sorry I can’t send them because I don’t wear any! LOL

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I KNOW I SAID YOU SHOULD BE MINE MR. MARTINEZ! I AM MARRIED TO A GREAT ARMY VET THOUGH.

   
LoveBunny says:

Is Juan Martinez available for marriage?

   
Patricia Nelson says:

IT IS ABOUT TIME, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. WELL DONE MR. MARTINEZ.

   

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