Jodi Arias: Second Penalty Phase Gets A DateBy: Amanda Crum - March 17, 2014
Jodi Arias has been dominating headlines for several months now after her explosive trial ended up coming to a standstill when jurors couldn’t decide on whether to hand down the death penalty. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in May for the killing of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2008. Arias denied involvement in his shooting/stabbing death at first, but then admitted she had killed him in self defense. Alexander was found in the shower with 30 stab wounds, a shot to the head, and a cut to his throat.
Because the jury couldn’t come to a decision, a new penalty phase trial has been set for September 8. In order to receive the death penalty, Arias will have to be found guilty of murdering Alexander in an “exceptionally cruel” way. A new jury will be chosen and cameras are forbidden from the courtroom when the trial begins.
Arias was on the minds of Arizona taxpayers in January when news broke that her legal fees–which they are footing–had topped $2 million. If the second jury fails to come to a decision about the death penalty, Arias would either face life in prison or life with the possibility of parole in 25 years.
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