Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Prosecutor discusses next steps for Arias case


In this May 8, 2013 file photo, Jodi Arias reacts at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix after she was found of guilty of first-degree murder in the gruesome killing of her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in their suburban Phoenix home.Photo / AP  - The Arizona Republic Rob Schumacher Pool, FilePHOENIX (AP) — The top prosecutor in Phoenix said Thursday that he is confident an impartial jury can be seated to determine the punishment for Jodi Arias, and he is open to input from defense lawyers and the family of the victim about possibly scraping a new trial in favor of a life sentence for the convicted murderer.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery discussed the next steps for the Arias case at a news conference Thursday. A jury convicted her of murder earlier this month but was unable to reach a verdict on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty for the killing of her lover Travis Alexander five years ago.

The deadlock means that Montgomery’s office will have to put on a new trial to determine her punishment. But it’s also possible that lawyers agree to end the case without a trial and give Arias a life sentence with no parole.

Several factors are being weighed by Montgomery’s office ahead of a court hearing scheduled for June 20, including feedback from Alexander’s family. He declined to say whether defense lawyers had come forward with an offer to take the death penalty off the table, but added that he has “an ethical obligation” to consider such a deal.

“That’s really the strongest statement or commitment I can make to look at resolving” the case, he said.

Montgomery said the Alexander family’s response will be important, noting that the Arizona Constitution has a victim’s bill of rights that allows the Alexander family to confer with the prosecutors before the case is resolved. The Alexander family said it would not comment on the case until it is resolved.

“And so input from victims, not just on this case, but on any other case, does carry weight,” he said. “It’s one of many factors that are considered.”

The original trial lasted nearly five months and became a media sensation with its explicit sex and violence. Montgomery was asked if a new trial might be moved to a different county because the case has received so much attention and generated emotionally charged responses from the public about Arias and her punishment. Montgomery believes a jury could in fact be seated in Phoenix.

“We are a county of 4 million total people, and over a million registered voters can find their way onto a jury pool,” he said. “We have had other very high-profile matters that we have tried in the county in which a change of venue motion had been filed and was denied. Certainly the degree to which this trial has been covered is very different relative to the others. But I don’t want to presume that we wouldn’t be able to seat a jury.”

When asked how his office would overcome the media saturation if it proceeds to trial, he joked to the room full of reporters: “By asking the media to stop.”

Source: AP

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Share this post!
Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Pinterest

Comments

tab  
Patricia Nelson says:

I COULD NOT DRIVE 1,400 MILES ONE WAY TO SEE A GUY,JUST TO SEE IF THINGS WENT MY WAY, SHE IS FREAKING CRAZY SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WAS DOING.

   
debimarie says:

The defense is using her borderline personality disorder as their way out of death penalty. Sorry but it doesn’t work like that especially when there are so many people w/these behavioral disorders. She planned it she slaughtered him now she should keep her fat mouth shut and take it like a woman. This family needs counseling asap. Its affected their lives to the point where they can’t live it. I pray for them.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

NOT UNTIL JULY, I KNOW.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

COME ON SAY YOUR SAY ON THIS! PEOPLE SAYING I NEED HELP! NO NOT ON THIS!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I am talking to my self, saying my stuff on this.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

NO SHE IS DONE ONCE AND FOR ALL. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS. JULY LONG TIME COMMING

   
Patricia Nelson says:

WELL WATCH HAPPENS ON THIS.TRUST AND BELIEVE. I AM FINE THANK YOU!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

SHE WILL NEVER HAVE THAT, MARRIED, KIDS, SHE IS DONE. SHE THOUGHT SHE WOULD GET AWAY WITH THIS UGLY MURDER.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I AM JUST ON FIRE WITH THIS, NOT CRAZY VICKTORIA.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I WILL SHUT UP ALREADY! TOO MUCH!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

NOT THIS MESSED UP GIRL!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

SAYING CRAZY GET A LIFE , MARRIED TO A ARMY VET, WITH FAMILY!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I HAVE A LIFE, ONCE THIS TRIAL IS OVER I WILL NOT BE COMMENTING.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I HEARD THEY WHANTED TO TAKE DEATH OFF THE TABLE, NO WAY IN HELL FROM MR. MARTINEZ, KEEP GOING, GETTING THERE.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I KNOW I NEED TO SHUT UP, BUT I WILL BE WATCHING TILL THE END OF THIS.

   
mowcook says:

This article says a new trial. I thought they only had to do the penalty phase.

   
Betty Treger says:

I think they should go for the death penalty. Whether she gets life or death she will still have the opportunity for appeals. Death is what she deserves and my concern is if she got life that could mean 25 years to life and since she has already served 5 yrs. in jail that would mean 20 yrs. and she could possibly be paroled. Hopefully, if they make a deal with her it would be her natural life. The pain and suffering has been unbearable for the Alexander Family but I know they can endure the next phase if the right jury is selected and they will take their oath seriously and give her death unlike the 4 who did not previously.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

IF SHE GETS DEATH IT WILL BE YEARS AND YEARS ON DEATH ROW, A VERY DIFFERENT LIFE.

   
Victoria waters says:

That’s why she should GEt death! She is still tweeting and tormenting family! She needs to have the life of DR inmate!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

EVERYONE SCARED TO GIVE HER DEATH.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

GO AWAY , SICK OF LOOKING AT HER, BUT I WILL TO SEE TO THE END OF THIS.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

AS IT SHOULD BE.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

SHE WILL GET DEATH ROW.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

THERE NO WAY ON HELL ON THIS.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

JULY I WILL BE WATCHING.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

TRUST AND BELIEVE ON THIS.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

The next step death row.

   
Kathy Kroese says:

If ever one deserves DEATH, it is the monster Jodi Ann Arias.

   
JJLA says:

Either way, she will BURN IN HELL FOR ETERNITY!

   
scales of justice says:

Let her have solitary confinement until she dies…be it death penalty or life without parole.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

I CAN NOT SAY THIS ENOUGH THE DEATH , WITH HIS HEAD I WILL STOP.

   
jessica says:

shut up already.. jeeze. we get the point. you’re upset… and annoying.

   
LoveBunny says:

Death is on the table just waiting to be served to Jodi Arias. What a tasty dish for a cold blooded murderer!

   
Laura Jackson says:

Just look at the crime scene photos.no deal, please.

   
Hang em High says:

Arias needs death, but first she needs to be SPLIT BONED & SKINNED.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

WONDERING, WONDERIING, NEXT MONTH? WATCH WHAT HAPPENS.

   
Victoria waters says:

Enough Patricia do u not have a life? Go do something u r strange!

   
Tofu says:

Looks like she is probably going to escape the death penalty. Hopefully thought she will not be given any more air time or twitter. Enough is enough.

   
LoveBunny says:

The majority of the jury wanted death. The next jury may find for it since that ding-a-ling foreman won’t be on it next time around.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

BAD SPELLING I MEANT GIRL, DUST IN THE WIND. GO AWAY.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

NO ONE A FAN LOOK AT THE DEATH , OF THIS MAN.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

The whole thing on this it is not as though she is getting death today, it will be years and years if it ever happens, but she will have a whole different life on death row.

   
Carlota says:

I am not a fan of DP, however due to the severity of the murder and lack of remorse of JA, I vote for DP.

   
Jean Denson says:

I would love to see her UGLY face on Death Row,Hard to think of her doing any more than rotting for the rest of her crazzzy life.My blood boils just seeing her FACE ever again,5 Months was quite hard to take.

   
P. Franklin says:

I can understand why the family yearn for the death and i, considering the law and extreme gravity of the murder, believe the death to be a just penalty. Having said that, I think the family expects the death penalty to give them a greater peace than a life sentence when in reality (having to be drug back to course for the ongoing appeals plus the fact she will still be very much alive) the only peace to be found at this point is that which can only be found through therapy and coming to the stage of acceptance. I say Travis has been heard, he won by the 1st degree verdict; now let’s stop giving Arias a voice and let her rot within her own self inflicted personal hell which comes from finally being silenced.

   
The View says:

Very well stated.

I am appalled at the jury’s lack of consensus, but in the long run, life without parole and SANCTIONS PREVENTING ANYONE BUT TRAVIS’ FAMILY FROM PROFITING FROM THIS, will lay her to rest. There are a lot of criminals like Jodi Arias….Americans are impatient and fickle. If in jail for life, she will be forgotten, while Travis will be remembered. If death is imposed, we’ll have to hear about her over and over and over agian.

   
LoveBunny says:

Unfortunately Arias will NOT be forgotten if she is still allowed to use her 1st Amendment right to tweet her filth into the public space. . . By giving her death, she gets permanent silence. You can’t tweet from 6 ft under!

   
LoveBunny says:

Death will permanently silence her voice!

You do not personally know what will “bring peace” to the family. The Alexander family has a choice to find for death in this case and I support them since they are the victims.

   
Genny says:

Wish there was a life sentence with no parole, but to be spent on death row, and not in the general population. Keep this murderer away from everyone and everything – no privileges, no media, no interviews – nothing!

   
joan napolitano says:

Get it over with. No one wants to sit through any more of her.

   
Joanne Kaupas says:

Give her life in prison, no parole. End this case forever!

   

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *