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- Jodi Arias
- June, 2008
- Penalty phase ongoing
The arrest of Jodi Arias:
She claimed she acted in self-defense, But when an Arizona jury considered that she slit her former boyfriend Travis Alexander's throat, shot him in the head and stabbed him as many as 29 times, they saw it as a lot more than a defensive maneuver and convicted her of murder – setting her up for a potential death sentence.
Jodi Ann Arias was born in Salinas, California on July 9, 1980.
She and the Riverside, California-born Alexander, three years her senior, met at a conference for Prepaid Legal Services, which was his employer.
Jodi was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in November 2006 by Alexander.
However, by the following June, the couple split and Jodi moved first to Mesa, Arizona and then to Yreka, California to live with her grandparents.
Alexander was murdered in Mesa on June 4, 2008. The following photos are not for the squeamish.
His jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe were all slashed.
On June 5, Arias called Alexander several times and got into his voice mail system. Alexander's body was discovered by friends on June 9th and in the ensuing police investigation, his digital camera was found. Restored images showed the victim and Arias in sexually suggestive poses in pictures taken on June fourth.
The last photo of Alexander alive was taken in the shower…
…where his body was found.
Arias gave several stories. First – she wasn't in town. The she told police two intruders broke in, killing him and attacking her. Finally, she said she did it in self-defense, as a victim of domestic violence.
Jodi was convicted of first degree murder on May 8, 2013.
The first sentencing phase ended in a hung jury and continued to a second phase, with the judge granting Jodi the right to represent herself on August 4, 2014. Arias later said she would not represent herself if one of her defense attorneys was removed from the case.
In the end, Jodi's life was spared. On March 5th, 2015, a Phoenix jury announced it was deadlocked on her punishment in the second penalty phase of her trial. They were 11-1 in favor of execution and tried unsuccessfully to get the lone holdout removed from the panel.
Since it was a second time a jury failed to sentence her to death, the law said that a judge would be left to decide whether Arias would get life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release in 25 years.
That decision was announced Monday, April 13, 2015. The victims' sisters pleaded for the maximum penalty possible. Arias was sentenced to spend the rest of her days in prison with no chance for parole.
The court rejected Jodie's final plea to receive the possibility of parole in 25 years.