While the family and friends of murder victim Travis Alexander await for the retrial of the sentencing phase of Jodi Arias, the defense team has been filing every motion they can think of and attending every hearing they can bill for in preparation of the sentencing phase for the Jodi Arias trial. The Toronto Relationships Examiner has previously reported on the number of delays in the Jodi Arias trial, and issues surrounding the mitigation specialist. On June 5 yet another hearing in the Jodi Arias trial occurred and My Fox Phoenix reports it was a closed door hearing that was closed to everyone, including the press.
What happened at the closed door hearing in the Jodi Arias trial on June 5 is uncertain. Many of the key participants close to the trial feel this was part of the trial mill of filing motions to ensure all details pertinent to the sentencing phase are adhered to prior to the retrial. This could mitigate any possible appeals, which Jodi Arias is already reportedly working on.
Others speculate this is just another stall tactic of Jodi Arias in delaying the inevitable.
This closed door hearing came only one day after the family and friends of Travis Alexander gathered to remember him in a vigil at the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse on the anniversary of his death reports Arizona Family 3.
30-year-old Travis Alexander was killed on June 4, 2008 when Jodi Arias stabbed him multiple times, shot him, and then sliced his throat to near decapitation. On June 4 of this year, his brothers and sisters gathered at his California graveside to remember their fallen brother. Over in Arizona, many people that had been watching the Jodi Arias trial met at the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse to do the same according to Arizona Family 3.
Candles were lit, and blue balloons were released in memory of Travis Alexander.
In May 2013 Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder for the murder of Travis Alexander. The jury had no troubles convicting her of first degree murder, or in finding her guilty with an element of aggravated cruelty which made her eligible for the death penalty. The one thing the jury could not decide on was the life changing decision of life or death. The 2013 Jodi Arias trial jury was deadlocked on that decision, leading to a mistrial of the sentencing phase.
The sentencing phase will be retried on September 8, 2014 when a new jury selection will take place.
Jennifer Wood, author and writer at The Trial Diaries told Arizona Family 3 that,
"Jury selection's going to be extremely hard. They're going to have to weed out all the people who want to be on the jury, so it'll be a challenge."
Next month will mark the month when Travis Alexander would have turned 36 years old and his family still waits for justice for Travis, and for his murderer to be held accountable.
Would you be able to hand down the death penalty if you were serving as a juror on the Jodi Arias trial?