Jodi Arias Trial Update Today; As Court Debates Barring Live Coverage,Transcripts Show That Drama Unfolded When the Cameras Weren’t Rolling
By Staff Writer | October 10, 2013 04:16 PM EDT
Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Lawyers for Jodi Arias are seeking to bar live coverage of the Jodi Arias trial, saying that the publicity of the first trial was detrimental to the defendant's case.
Prosecutors in the Jodi Arias trial say the woman was convicted of brutally murdering Travis Alexander brought the publicity on herself.
Jodi Arias gave interviews to national television shows in the months after her arrest. On the day she was convicted Jodi Arias granted an interview.
On the day that jurors started their deliberations on whether she should live or die for her crimes, Jodi Arias gave half a dozen interviews.
Now that Jodi Arias is facing a retrial to determine her punishment, her attorneys asked a judge to bar live TV coverage inside the courtroom.
Jodi Arias trial hearing transcripts have been unsealed and have been released. It is becoming clear that the most dramatic moments are still coming to light. The transcripts show that one of the key witnesses never testified. Jodi Arias’ childhood friend, Patricia Womack, was supposedly under death threats, but the transcripts suggest that she may have bowed out at the last minute out of fear of what the prosecution would say about her.
Jodi Arias was working as a waitress while she was learning photography. Jurors found her guilty of the June 2008 premeditated first-degree murder of her ex-former boyfriend, The killing was gruesome, in two minutes Jodi Arias stabbed her boyfriend almost thirty times, shot him in the face and slit his throat so violently his head almost came off.
Jodi Arias maintains that she acted in self-defense, but the jury didn’t want to hear it. For someone to do something this drastic, this quick, who had no history of violence, or indications what she could be capable of this kind of extreme violence, Jodi Arias must have something in her past that was triggered.
Judge Sherry Stephens dismissed the hung jury and ordered a status update on July 16 to see if the Jodi Arias trial will move into another penalty phase or if they will table the death penalty under a plea deal.
Jodi Arias lied to police about how her involvement with Alexander. Jodi Arias at first said she had nothing to do with his brutal death. Arias finally admitted that she did kill Alexander. She said she had to fight for her life when he attacked her during a nude photo shoot. The jurors did not believe Jodi Arias’ claims of self-defense, but they couldn’t decide whether to put her to death or sentences her to life in prison. Arias went on TV and said she preferred death to life in a cage. She changed her mind and asked for leniency for her family’s sake.
Judge Sherry Stephens hid some of the most contentious content of the trial in court sidebars that the public didn’t see in the highly-publicized live video feeds of the proceedings. The Arizona Republic got the trial transcripts and described the behind-the-scene happenings as very intense. Both sides looking for blood. The transcripts show that the prosecutor Martinez and Arias' defense team were at each other’s throats and resorted to insults many times. Arias' lawyers tried to get the prosecution cited for misconduct, but none of claims stuck.
The transcripts show that Patricia Womack never testified because she was supposedly under death threats. Womack refused to appear on the last day of court. Patricia Womack was a key final witness for Arias. The transcripts show that Martinez told the Judge that she had a drug problem and was skipping her trial date because she was afraid she could be found guilty of violating welfare regulations. Martinez is also heard saying that Womack was hiding money she made from pictures she had sold to a TV station.
Kirk Nurmi, one of Jodi Arias’ attorneys pleaded to Judge Stephens that the case should be thrown out, and that Arias should be retried because Womack refused to testify because she received "threats on her life if she were to testify on Ms. Arias' behalf."
Jodi Arias’ lawyers also requested the names of jurors’ Twitter accounts. The attorneys for Jodi Arias want to monitor the jurors’ Twitter accounts to make sure they’re not tweeting details about the Jodi Arias murder trial on the social media site.
The first Jodi Arias trial ended with a conviction but not a sentence. Jodi Arias' murder conviction stands. Under Arizona law, prosecutors have the option of pursuing a second penalty phase with a new jury to get the death sentence. If the second jury fails to reach a verdict, the death penalty would be removed as an option. The judge will then sentence Jodi Arias to life behind bars or be decide that she may be eligible for release after 25 years.
Jodi Arias admitted she killed Travis Alexander, but said she acted in self-defense because he was given to bouts of rage. Prosecutors said the killing was premeditated and fueled by jealous rage after Alexander said he wanted to break up with Jodi Arias and go to Mexico with another woman.
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