Another hearing for Jodi Arias, a woman convicted last year in 2008 with respect to a murder of boyfriend, Travis Alexander, is expected in court on another hearing this Friday, as prosecutors prepare for a second penalty phase of her trial.
Aria's testimony she claimed a masked intruder killed her boyfriend, then later changed her story after evidence was presented, she was engaging in sexual acts with him until his death. There was a camera found at the crime scene, where both of them were in it, that includes pictures of Alexander’s dead body in the shower. He was stabbed 30 times, shot in the head, and had his throat cut. Arias admitted to killing him, however, said she did it in self-defense after he attacked her during an argument.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez asked the jury for a decision of first-degree murder in order to have a death penalty verdict. However, a decision cannot be reached to a sentence which will force a second phase of the trial that would take place in September, If a decision is not made. Arias faces 25 years to life in prison.
“The state is asking that you return a verdict of guilty, a verdict of first-degree murder, not just premeditated murder, but also felony murder, for no other reason than it’s your duty, and the facts and the law support it,” Martinez said in his closing arguments last May.
In order to convict a death penalty, Arias will most likely have to be found guilty of murdering Alexander in an “exceptionally cruel” way.
Arias made headlines, last month, when she filed suit against a sheriff, and television personality, Nancy Grace. At the same time, a complaint about contracting Hepatitis C from a dirty needle during a TB inoculation, and that the same sheriff released sensitive correspondence of hers to Nancy Grace.