Jodi Arias reportedly wanted to put a mafia-style hit out on prosecutor Juan Martinez, and her former cellmate says she was obsessed with him and wasn’t shy about it.
Cassandra Collins told Fox10 News that Arias said she would have Martinez killed if she was sentenced with the death penalty, but she also seemed to have feelings for him.
“She asked me questions like ‘why doesn’t Juan Martinez love me?’ And I’m like, love you? He’s your prosecutor, he’s there to prosecute you for a crime,” Collins said. “[Jodi] tried to manipulate every inmate there and tries to control how they think about her case. She’ll try to suffocate you with her version and her side. When I got released out, I was like thank you God I got delivered out of hell.”
Arias is still awaiting a second trial after jurors couldn’t come to a decision on whether or not she should receive the death penalty for the 2008 murder of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Alexander was found in the shower–shot, stabbed, and with a cut throat–and Arias denied having any involvement with his death at first. Later, she recanted her story and said she had killed him in self defense.
The hangup for the jurors seemed to be that they couldn’t prove that Arias had killed Alexander in an “exceptionally cruel” way, which would automatically lead to the death penalty. A date for the new trial hasn’t been set yet, but the judge has ordered that no cameras are to be allowed in the courtroom. Attorney David Bodney, who represents several media outlets, is leading a fight for transparency during the trial.
“The trial court has gone from transparency to blackout and bewilderment,” said Bodney. “There have been repeated flagrant violations of the public’s constitutional right to attend proceedings.”