Jury Says that Convicted Murderer Jodi Arias is Eligible for the Death Penalty … Death Wish for Arias
Jodi Arias, don’t ask for things they might come true …
This afternoon, jurors in Jodi Arias murder trial decided that the woman convicted of first degree murder of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, should be eligible for the death penalty . The jury determined that Arias murdered Alexander in an “especially cruel and heinous” manner. Next up in the trial is the penalty phase, when the jury panel will weigh her possible execution. The jury will determine whether she lives or dies begins tomorrow.
Arias, 32, admitted killing Travis Alexander in June 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home. She first denied involvement. Two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense. Prosecutors said she planned the killing in a jealous rage.
Next comes the final penalty phase, when prosecutors call witnesses, including Alexander’s family, as they attempt to convince jurors that Arias should face the ultimate punishment. Arias’ attorneys will work to gain sympathy from jurors to spare her life.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, Alexander’s family sobbed in the front row as prosecutor Juan Martinez took the jury through the killing one more time. He described how blood gushed from Alexander’s chest, hands and throat as he stood at the sink in his master bathroom and looked into the mirror with Arias behind him.
“The last thing he saw before he lapsed into unconsciousness … was that blade coming to his throat,” Martinez said. “And the last thing he felt before he left this Earth was pain.”
In a past interview Jodi Arias stated that she preferred death and to die sooner, rather than later. The jury may actually give Arias her death wish. Tomorrow promises to be an emotional, heart-wrenching day as family members will present their feelings on what the punishment should be to the court.