Arias Jury in Tears During Sentencing Testimony

    May 17, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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After being delayed due to a bomb scare, the sentencing phase of Jodi Arias’ trial has begun.

Arias was found guilty last week for the brutal murder of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Alexander’s body was found in a shower at his home with a slit throat, nearly 30 stab wounds, and a bullet wound to the head. Now, the jury in Arias’ trial will decide whether she will receive the death penalty for her crime.

According to an Associated Press report, the testimony at today’s hearing has been very emotional. Alexander’s family members told jurors the various ways in which the murder affected their lives, including health problems and nightmares. Some members of the jury were reportedly brought to tears by the family’s testimony.

The sentencing will continue on Monday, with witnesses formerly close to Arias expected to provide testimony. The jury will decide, based on Arias’ crime, her past, and their own feelings about the case, whether Arias is to die or spend the rest of her life in prison. The prosecution is reportedly arguing that the nature of her crime makes the death penalty the appropriate sentence, while Arias’ defense is arguing that she does not deserve to die. Arias stated in an interview shortly after her guilty verdict that she would rather die than serve a life sentence.

  • Mike

    Two blaring errors in this story–Alexander’s body was found in a shower, not a bath tube, and even though AP reported the jury was moved to tears by the relatives’ statements, In Session reporters who were in the court room reported that the jury seemed more stoic,almost business like with now much visible reaction on their part.

  • http://ayala20032@yahoo.com Augustin Ayala

    There are always those that want death for the other person until they have a close relative or themselves in the same position.

  • Seanna

    Im kind of torn, i say make her SUFFER with LIFE in prison. If she was protecting herself, she didnt have to stab him (multiple times), slit his throat AND shoot him in the head. She could have stopped at any point. Playing the “devils advocate”, if she was truley scared of him, or scared he would hurt a child. She could have killed him without “slaughtering” him. It still WASNT the right thing to do.
    She “claims” she prefers to die, OR is she trying for reverse psychology on the public? Death is the easy way out for her. A needle in the arm and she goes to sleep. When its my time. i hope its that easy and painless! She is/was on suicide watch. Screw “suicide watch” let her do it, give her the tools she needs and shut the door. Save the taxpayers money and the court systems time.