In what could have been a long court proceeding, it took less than two hours to determine Jodi Arias was eligible for the death penalty for the June 4, 2008, murder of her lover Travis Alexander. Jodi Arias appeared distant and emotionally disconnected from the proceedings, and was often seen doodling, scribbling, writing, or drawing in her notebook, as she has done throughout the four month long trial.
By 1:30 pm, ET, prosecutor Juan Martinez began opening statements and clearly laid out for the jury that Jodi Arias made certain she had killed Travis Alexander. The purpose of the hearing was to determine if Jodi Arias used a method of murder that was extremely cruel or caused Travis Alexander to feel more pain and suffering than some murder victims experience. Jodi Arias was convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder on May 8, 2013.
Juan Martinez used a tactic that really drove home how cruel Jodi Arias' choice to stab Travis Alexander 29 times, cut his throat from ear to ear and shoot him in the head really was. He referred to Jodi Arias' own statements given during her time on the stand where she stated she tried to commit suicide in jail with a razor blade but stopped as she felt the first nick was too painful. One could only imagine how painful it must have been for Travis Alexander to have his throat sliced open.
Arias shed tears as Juan Martinez spoke of her failed suicide attempt, but it seemed that she was crying for herself and not for the excruciating, torturous pain she inflicted on Travis Alexander.
Travis Alexander's family was in the courtroom and broke down in a continuous flood of tears as they listened to the savage brutality of the attack their loved one suffered at Arias' hands. Juan Martinez took the jury through the timeline of events.
When medical examiner Kevin Horn testified, he stated that Travis Alexander felt each one of the stab wounds.
Jodi Arias' criminal defense attorneys Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott did their best to try and make Arias' violence seem less brutal than it was. Willmott pointed out that the adrenaline rush Travis Alexander would have experienced as he fought for his life could have lessened his pain.
It was a pitiful attempt to try and negate the extreme cruelty of having his throat slit.
One of the most powerful moments during the hearing was when Juan Martinez explained that it took a full two minutes for Jodi Arias to continue stabbing Travis Alexander before shooting him in the head and ensuring he was dead. He had the courtroom observe a two-minute period of silence to reflect how long that time in space truly is when someone is being butchered to death.
It was no surprise that the jury determined Jodi Arias murdered Travis Alexander in an extremely cruel manner.
You may watch the entire aggravation hearing in the videos below. Jodi Arias returns to court on May 16, 2013, for the next part of the trial: the penalty phase.