PHOENIX — Jodi Arias bathed in the spotlight soon after her arrest for the killing of her ex-boyfriend, and she remained there for years, offering jailhouse interviews, using Twitter from behind bars and spending 18 days on the witness stand during her murder trial. After having faded from the spotlight for months while awaiting the second penalty phase in her case, Arias again is back in it, this time serving as her own attorney after a judge approved her request Monday to represent herself. Experts say the move might not be such a bad idea given the gruesome nature of the crime.
Arias, 32, is accused of murdering Travis Alexander in with 27 stab wounds, a slit throat and a bullet in the head. She could face the death penalty if convicted in her marathon murder trial. The total does not include the cost of the state's prosecution.
And there were indeed some lies, to put it mildly. Arias would at first claim she had nothing to do with Alexander's death, that she wasn't even in town. Then she told police that intruders had broken into the house, murdered Travis and attacked her, but she got away.
Jodi Arias is killing it on eBay. Since Jan. Sales of the colored pencil drawings were being handled by an anonymous eBay user, soldierofchrist. The user wrote in a posting that the money would help cover the cost of travel for Arias' family, as well as to Arias herself, "so she can eat better food than what they serve in jail," ABC News reported.
Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8,and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on April 13, At the time of the murder, Alexander sustained multiple knife wounds and a gunshot to the head. Arias testified that she killed him in self-defensebut she did not convince a jury.
Jodi Arias was arrested on July 15,and charged with shooting and stabbing to death her year-old ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, in his home in Meza, Arizona. Arias pleaded not guilty, claiming that she killed Alexander in self-defense. She has four siblings: an older half-sister, two younger brothers and a sister.
Arias, who has long clashed with her defense lawyers and tried to fire them previously, asked Judge Sherry Stephens to let her serve as her own lawyer during the second penalty phase set for Sept. Stephens granted the request but said there would be no delays. Arias will now have the task of arguing a death penalty case just four weeks from now despite having no legal experience and no college degree or high school diploma.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. The prosecution in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial finished its summary of the facts of the murder Tuesday with a sputtering exchange of objections as jurors viewed and listened to X-rated evidence for a fifth day in a row. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.
The murder of Travis Victor Alexander was horrible. The pictures painted by the media with words were too gruesome for the public to ignore. The investigation of this murder also painted a picture.