Jodi Arias is fighting to avoid receiving the death penalty for her conviction in the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. In the latest round of legal maneuvering her penalty phase trial has been delayed until October 4.
On Friday, September 13, Judge Sherry Stephens delayed the trial penalty phase trial date back a few weeks from September 16 until October 4. The retrial of the penalty phase was moved back in order to address several motions filed by Arias’ attorneys.
Jodi Arias, 34, was convicted of first degree murder in the violent death of Travis Alexander. The jury convicted Arias of stabbing Alexander 29 times, shooting him in the head and slitting his throat from ear to ear.
The jury, however, was unable to reach a unanimous decision on her sentencing. They had the ability to sentence her to life in prison or the death penalty. Jodi Arias has been incarcerated in the Maricopa County Jail since 2008.
Arias defense attorney’s Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott have submitted numerous motions to the judge in the case. They have asked for a delay for the retrial, to have the jurors be restricted from access to social media sites and to have them sequestered without access to live media coverage.
In addition, Nurmi and Willmott have requested a change of venue on the grounds that Jodi Arias will be unable to receive a fair trial because of the vast media exposure her original trial received. The second jury will be asked to decide on which sentence Jodi Arias receives.
However, should the new jury be unable to reach a unanimous verdict, Judge Stephens would then be the one to decide whether or not Arias is given life without the possibility of parole or life with the eligibility of parole after 25 years. In the event of a second hung jury, the death penalty would be off the table.
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