Stephens on December 10, Initial jury selection began on December 10, Judge Stephens ruled that the prosecution had shown no bias in the jury selection. Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott, who argued that Alexander's death was a justifiable homicide committed in self-defense.
She told him she had cut her hands on broken glass while working at a restaurant called Margaritaville. A detective testified no restaurant by that name had ever existed in the Yreka area; at the time, Arias was working at a restaurant called Casa Ramos. In addition, in the final days before his death, Alexander had called her a " sociopath " and "the worst thing that ever happened to me", and stated he was afraid of her. Arias said that they eventually had intercourse, but less often.
Afterward, Arias said "he went to kick me again, and I put my hand out. This was the third differing account of Alexander's death given by Arias,  which both prosecutors, courtroom observers, and later jurors felt severely damaged her credibility. Arias addressed comments she made in a September interview with the syndicated news program Inside Edition , which had been played earlier in the trial. In the interview, she had said: You can mark my words on that.
So I was extremely confident that no jury would convict me, because I didn't expect any of you to be here. I think she was not a good witness," he said. He said Arias was likely suffering from acute stress at the time of the killing, sending her body into a " fight or flight " mode to defend herself, which caused her brain to stop retaining memory.
In response to a juror's question asking whether this scenario could occur even if this was a premeditated murder, as the prosecution contended, he responded: Arias to move on from the relationship Alexander has been abusive to women.
Instead, DeMarte said Arias suffered from borderline personality disorder , showing signs of immaturity and an "unstable sense of identity. Robert Geffner, who said that DeMarte's borderline diagnosis was "not appropriate" and that all tests taken by Arias since her arrest pointed toward an anxiety disorder stemming from trauma.
He also said the tests indicated that she answered questions honestly, without lying. Horn, who testified further on the gunshot wound, and called Dr. Jill Hayes, a forensic neuro-psychologist, who disputed Geffner's testimony that the MMPI test was not geared toward diagnosing borderline personality disorder,  concluding a long day in court at 8: Webb said that according to Walmart's records, no one returned a five-gallon gas can on that date, and that Arias returned the gas can a week later rather than on June 3.
The relationship, the relationship of chaos, that ended in chaos as well. There is nothing about what happened on June 4th in that bathroom that looks planned Couldn't it also be that after everything they went through in that relationship, that she simply snapped?
Ultimately, if Miss Arias is guilty of any crime at all, it is the crime of manslaughter and nothing more. Nothing indicates that this is anything less than a slaughter. There was no way to appease this woman who just wouldn't leave him alone," he said. On April 3, a member of the jury was dismissed for "misconduct". Out of twelve jurors, five jurors found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder , and seven jurors found her guilty of both first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder.
People outside the courtroom began cheering and chanting. Arias' attorneys, who had repeatedly asked to step down from the case, gave only brief opening statements and closing arguments, in which they said the adrenaline rushing through Alexander's body may have prevented him from feeling much pain during his death. Prosecutor Martinez showed photos of the corpse and crime scene to the jury, then paused for two minutes of silence to illustrate how long he said it took for Alexander to die at Arias' hands.
After less than three hours of consideration, the jury determined that Arias was eligible for the death penalty. Arias acknowledged that her plea for life was a reversal of remarks she made to a TV reporter shortly after her conviction, when she said she preferred the death penalty. At one point, she held up a white T-shirt with the word "survivor" written across it, telling the jurors that she would sell the clothing and donate all proceeds to victims of domestic abuse.
She also said she would donate her hair to Locks of Love while in prison, and had already done so three times while in jail. I was hoping they would see things for what they are. I felt really awful for my family and what they were thinking. The jury had reached an decision in favor of the death penalty. He also said, "I think 18 days hurt her, I think she was not a good witness.
We're charged with presuming innocence, right? But she was on the stand for so long, there were so many contradicting stories. He said he was confident an impartial jury could be seated, but it was possible that lawyers and the victim's family could agree to scrap the trial in favor of a life sentence with no parole. That's what it feels like.
But I still believe in the system to a degree, so we'll just go through that if that happens. It is not incumbent upon Ms. Arias' defense counsel to resolve this case. Flores testified at the hearing that based on his own review of the scene, and a discussion with the medical examiner, it was apparent that Alexander had been shot in the forehead first. Contrary to Flores' testimony at the hearing, the medical examiner told jurors the gunshot probably would have incapacitated Alexander; given his extensive defense wounds, including stab marks and slashes to his hands, arms and legs, it was not likely the shot came first.
Flores denied perjury and said during his trial testimony that he just misunderstood what the medical examiner told him. In the motion the defense team contended "the prosecutorial misconduct has infested these proceedings with a level of unfairness that cannot be cured by any other means. The motion also alleged that Martinez chose to release evidence and to pose for pictures with his fans on the steps of the courthouse. The attorneys claimed Arias was in a position where she could not present a complete defense, and the only constitutional course was to declare a mistrial.
The motion alleged that a defense witness who had been due to testify the preceding Friday, the 17th, began receiving threats, including threats on her life if she were to testify on Arias' behalf. The day before the filing, the witness contacted counsel for Arias, stating that she was no longer willing to testify due to these threats.
The motion continued, "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. Nurmi had asked the high court to throw out the aggravating factor of cruelty because the judge had allowed it to go forward based on a different theory of how the murder occurred.
The lead detective originally claimed that the gunshot occurred first, followed by the stabbing and slitting of the throat; based on that theory, Stephens ruled there was probable cause to find the crime had been committed in an especially cruel manner, an aggravating factor under state law. Subsequent to this initial hearing, the medical examiner testified that the gunshot occurred postmortem.
Opening statements were given, and a hearing on evidence was held. Prosecution witness Amanda Webb, called in the first trial to rebut Arias' testimony that she returned a gas can to Walmart on May 8, , admitted she did not know if all records were transferred after the store relocated. Arias' attorneys requested a mistrial. Stephens denied the request, read additional instructions to the jury, and ordered them to resume deliberations. Sentencing was scheduled for April 7, , with Stephens having the option to sentence Arias to either life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
As a result of the move for "secrecy," an unidentified defense witness was allowed to testify in private. Picture Perfect in ,  an interview which, for the first time in the history of 48 Hours, was used as evidence in a death penalty trial. No jury is going to convict me. He also offered Arias legal advice on how she could avoid the maximum sentence. She sidestepped a question about whether she believed Arias was guilty of manslaughter, second-degree murder or first-degree murder, but said "I don't have all the information, but I think she's guilty.
The Jodi Arias Trial. During that time period, HLN out-delivered the competition among both total viewers 2,, and 25—54 demo viewers , HLN also ranked No. An American Murder Mystery. Social media[ edit ] In late January , artwork drawn by Arias began selling on eBay.
The seller was her brother; he claimed that the profits went towards covering the family's travel expenses to the trial and "better food" for Arias while she was in jail.
Tweets and other social media posts attacked LaViolette's reputation. More than negative reviews of LaViolette's yet-to-be-released book appeared on Amazon.
And when Arias was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder, Twitter and Facebook exploded with reaction. Much of it was aimed at Arias, though plenty of people tweeted at the media coverage, such as the antics of HLN host Nancy Grace. During the trial, hardcore followers of the proceedings were accused of trying to use social media to intimidate witnesses, or otherwise influence the outcome.
Whether it had any effect is questionable, but it's a notable development. At one point, an Internet denizen digitally superimposed his face onto a crime-scene photo of Alexander dead in the shower of his Mesa home. I know people were aggravated with him constantly filing for mistrial, but you have to make and preserve the record for federal review on appeal.
If you don't file for mistrial, the appeals courts will say you waived it. Some person had sent him a threatening message complete with his email address, full name, and phone number which at the very least means that this guy should retake Hate Mail I also read some comments on an article online about my dad.
They say my dad was fooled by the defendant, that he was taken with her, that he hated the prosecutor," his son wrote on his public blog. Dennis Elias, a jury consultant, said, "The very fact that people are making death threats and trying to out her, it is not a proud day for any single one of those people and they should be ashamed.