Jodi Arias trial update: Defense files motion for mistrial after childhood friend, witness threatened with death (videos, photos)

On May 20, 2013, Arizona Central provided the the latest Jodi Arias trial update with some surprising and shocking news. Over the weekend, criminal defense attorneys for Jodi Arias filed a motion for mistrial after one of their witnesses for Arias' has declined to testify after allegedly receiving death threats. Jodi Arias is expected to return to the courtroom on May 20, 2013, at 1 p.m., ET, where she will continue to fight for her life.

A childhood friend of Jodi Arias', was scheduled to testify last Thursday, but didn't want her face to be shown on camera. Patricia Womack was scheduled to testify during today's proceedings, but according to Arizona Central, has declined to speak on Arias' behalf since receiving death threats.
Another of the defense witnesses received death threats after testifying and has found her professional reputation attacked. Alyce LaViolette faced harsh criticism after stating on the stand that she believed Jodi Arias suffered battered person's syndrome.

"However, after returning home Ms. Womack began receiving threats, threats that included threats on her life if she were to testify on Ms. Arias’ behalf. On May 19, 2013, Ms. Womack contacted counsel for Ms. Arias that she is no longer willing to testify due to these threats. It should also be noted that these threats follow those made to Alyce LaViolette, a record of which was made ex-parte and under seal," the Arizona Central quoted.

What do you think about these developments? Will Judge Sherry Stephens grant a mistrial now that Jodi Arias' own witness is afraid to testify due to death threats?

If Judge Stephens goes ahead with today's proceedings and Jodi Arias is given the death penalty, you can rest assured that Jodi Arias mental health, testimony from her parents made upon Arias' arrest and the fact that defense witnesses were intimidated, harassed and threatened will come into play during the appeals process.

Do you think Jodi Arias has mental health problems? If so, do you think her life should be spared because of them?

SourceArizona Republic