Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Key facts about Jodi Arias murder case


Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott, left,) and Jodi Arias listen to final arguments during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Poo

Defense attorney Jennifer Willmott, left,) and Jodi Arias listen to final arguments during the sentencing phase of her retrial at Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Mark Henle, Poo

PHOENIX (AP) — The Jodi Arias legal saga has dragged on for nearly seven years and had no shortage of eye-catching moments. It started with a gruesome killing, continued with a series of bizarre post-arrest interviews by Arias, and became a full-blown sensation during a more than four-month trial.

The most recent phase of the case — a trial to determine whether Arias gets life in prison or death — has played out more quietly. The judge barred live coverage of the proceedings, and the case shifted to primarily expert-driven testimony about Arias’ mental state and upbringing.

As the jury decides Arias’ fate, here are some key facts in the case:

WHO IS JODI ARIAS?

Arias bounced around a series of waitress jobs on the West Coast and dabbled in photography through her teenage years and early 20s before she met Travis Alexander at a conference in Las Vegas in 2006. They quickly developed a connection and began dating. Arias later moved to Arizona to be closer to Alexander.

THE RELATIONSHIP

Arias and Alexander had a stormy relationship in the nearly two years they knew each other. Arias moved to Arizona to be closer to Alexander and even became a member of the Mormon church. Alexander was Mormon.

She also became increasingly jealous as Alexander wanted to see other people. The testimony at Arias’ murder trial included examples of how she snooped on Alexander’s email and even sneaked through the doggie door of his home to spy on him.

THE CRIME

Arias stabbed and slashed Alexander nearly 30 times, slit his throat so deeply that she nearly decapitated him, and shot him in the forehead. She left his body in his shower at his suburban Phoenix home where friends found him about five days later.

She initially denied having anything to do with the killing. She later admitted that she killed Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors said it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.

THE TRIAL

Her murder trial began in January 2013 and lasted about five months, featuring 18 days of testimony in which Arias described for jurors an abusive childhood, cheating boyfriends, dead-end jobs, a twisted sexual relationship with Alexander, and her contention that he was physically abusive. Her first trial drew a global following and inspired spectators to wait in line in the middle of the night to get a coveted seat in the courtroom. This time around, the judge has ruled that cameras can record the proceedings, but nothing can be broadcast until after the verdict.

The day she was convicted of murder, Arias gave a jailhouse interview with a local Fox reporter in which she said she’d rather have the death penalty. “I believe death is the ultimate freedom,” she said. The same jury that convicted her then had to decide whether Arias should get life in prison or death. They deadlocked, creating the need for a second penalty trial.

NEW CASE

Four-hundred people were called as prospective jurors last year to decide punishment for Arias. Many were cut after they said they either made up their minds about the case or knew too much to be impartial. Some jurors cited their objection to the death penalty.

A jury was seated in October, but the retrial received less attention after Judge Sherry Stephens banned news organizations from carrying live broadcasts of the case. The judge in October also took the rare step of booting the public and media from the courtroom so a secret witness could testify in private. Media organizations went to court and halted the testimony as it was underway. The witness was later revealed to be Arias, who suddenly felt uncomfortable in the spotlight.

Much of the case focused on an effort by the defense to portray Arias as a victim of abuse by her family as a child and Alexander as an adult. Their goal was to win sympathy from the jury and get a life sentence instead of death. Prosecutors cast her as manipulative, deceitful and lacking remorse for the crime.

NEXT STEPS

The jury of four men and eight women has two choices: life or death. If they decide life, the judge will decide whether Arias is eligible for release after 25 years. If another deadlock occurs, the death penalty would automatically be removed as an option. Arias would be one of only three women on death row in Arizona if the jury decides on death. Jury deliberated for about three hours Wednesday and was scheduled to resume work Thursday.

Source: AP

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Unknown person says:

I think she DESERVES the death penalty…..and searching my soul I imagine if what happened to Travis, happened to someone I loved, Id want the killer to die, Im just Really glad I dont have to make THIS decision. Its a small world, Im from AL and a former coworker is friends with one of Travis roommates that found him. Really sad.

   
EllieMonk says:

I think the jury will be hung again and result in life in prison. This should have been settled years ago and saved the Arizona tax payers lots of money.

   
Debbie Conn says:

just let Jodi disappeare already. Let the ALEXANDER family finally have some peace and closure. GOD BLESS THEM ALL. JUSTICE FOR TRAVIS. AMEN.

   
Sandy Balthazor says:

I too have followed the trial from start to hopefully the finish.
I am hoping and praying with all my heart that the jury sees through all the smoke and mirrors and they do the right thing ..giving her the death penalty. If anyone deserves it , Jodi does. Her and her defense team have killed Travis over and over again.

It’s amazing that no one in her family or friends ever testified for her during the penalty phase…all that did were hired guns!!

   
LizDee says:

Even Casey Anthony’s parents testified on her behalf, despite what they tried to do to her father and painting him guilty of incest.
I don’t think her parents could have taken the stand.
I think when Jodi ran off with her boyfriend when she was 16 they were probably glad to get rid of her. I think she was trouble for a very long time.
Her parents in their police interview implied as much.
She had no relationship with her mother, and the poor mother was THRILLED if you watch her interview that in the weeks that followed Travis’ death how Jodi was so close to her. Of course she was, she was getting on mom’s good side knowing she’d be caught and wanted her mother to testify positively about her at trial. I guess the defense felt that if either parent testified that Martinez had plenty on Jodi and the parents support would never hold up.

   
lee c fairfax says:

Having followed this from the get-go I know she deserves DP but predict this new jury will give her life. what the judge will then do is unclear as she seemed, in my eyes, to have favored the defense at every possible turn. Hate the thought of Jodi out in just a few years considering time served, good, flattened and all.

   
LizDee says:

Listening today to HLN, Joey Jackson was Skyping with an atty.
This atty was saying how good it was for Jodi that certain things from the first trial would not be entered in this new trial.
If a murder of this magnitude happened in your town would you know NOTHING about it. I would have to imagine this was plastered all over Phoenix newspapers, broadcast news every night, and then of course HLN who virtually had the trial and coverage going from 1 PM eastern until 11 PM eastern every night. You couldn’t help to ignore it I would imagine. I would have played close attention to it, never suspecting a second trial and that I could possibly be a juror at that trial. So how can anyone on this trial not know most of it not all of what happened in Trial 1.
I’m not liking this. This jury had since Thurs night until Mon morning to think about it, and they still have no verdict. It’s probably going to be hung, and this incompetent judge will probably give her 25 yrs with possible parole.

   

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