Thursday, June 13, 2013

Prosecutor confirms state will seek death penalty against convicted murderer Jodi Arias (videos)

On June 12, 2013, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery confirmed that the state of Arizona will seek the death penalty against convicted murderer Jodi Arias when she is retried for the penalty portion of her crime. Arias was found guilty in May of first-degree murder for the June 4, 2008, death of her lover
Jodi Arias appears in court
Travis Alexander. Alexander's body was found on June 9, 2008, after having been stabbed 29 times, shot in the head and his throat slit nearly from ear to ear.

Arias testified on her own behalf, claiming she only killed Alexander in self-defense, but the jury didn't believe her excuse. Instead, eight of the 12-panel jury opted to put her to death, while four held out for life. Some of their reasons included her age at the crime, the fact she didn't have a previous criminal history and their belief that Alexander had emotionally and verbally abused her. Their inability to come to a unanimous decision resulted in a mistrial of the penalty phase only.

Though Arias is guilty and won't be retried for the murder, a new jury will have to become familiar with the details of the case. This opens the door for more expert witnesses to testify and even for Arias to take the stand herself. Arias could also receive life in prison without the possibility of parole (natural life) or life with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


"At this point, we are still preparing to move forward to retry the penalty phase," Montgomery stated in a live conference. A case hearing is set for June 20, 2013, and the trial resumes on July 18, 2013, as the state begins to impanel a new jury.


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