Jodi Arias is a woman from Arizona who was convicted in the murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander. According to court documents Travis Alexander was murdered on June 4, 2008 he had been stabbed several times and was shot in the head, the coroner has stated that the gunshot may have happened taken place after he was dead. Travis Alexander girlfriend Jodi Arias immediately became the prime suspect.
During the court proceeding it was revealed that Jodi Arias grandparents home was burglarised and among the items stolen was a .25 calibre handgun. At the murder scene of Travis Alexander a .25 bullet casing was found nearby.
Before the murder took place Travis Alexander told friends and family that Jodi Arias was going to accompany him on a work trip to Mexico however before the trip took place he asked for Jodi Arias to be substituted for another woman.
The days leading up to the murder Jodi Arias would call Travis Alexander a number of times. Jodi Arias would travel from California and was allegedly travelling to Utah for a work conference. Arias would arrive in Utah on June 5 2008 and attended the work seminars and meeting. She would also make several phone calls to Travis Alexander.
When Jodi Arias returned the rental car the attendant noticed a large number of miles on the vehicle, the floor mats were missing and there was a red stain present in the vehicle.
On June 9 a group of Travis Alexander friends were concerned as he had missed a number of important meetings and they were unable to get a hold of them. The group travelled to his residence and learned from Alexander roommate that he had not seen him in several days. The group would call 911 and when the operator asked if they thought anyone could hurt him the first name they said was Jodi Arias.
When Arizona police were searching Travis Alexander home they found a camera and in one image showed the victim alive and in the next with him bleeding profusely. A bloody handprint found in the residence had both the DNA of the victim and Jodi Arias.
Jodi Arias was arrested in California and extradited back to Arizona. Jodi Arias would first tell police that she had not been in Arizona since March. She would then tell police that two attackers had broken into the residence and murdered Alexander and attacked her. Two years later Jodi would tell police that she murdered Travis Alexander in self defence.
Jodi Arias would finally go to trial in 2011 and she would ultimately be convicted of the murder of Travis Alexander and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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Appellate judges who will decide whether to reverse Jodi Arias’ murder conviction in the gruesome 2008 killing of her former boyfriend grappled Thursday with who was responsible for whipping up publicity during the salacious trial and whether alleged misconduct by a prosecutor should cause the verdict to be tossed.
A lawyer for Arias told the Arizona Court of Appeals that prosecutor Juan Martinez improperly questioned witnesses, ignored rulings on evidence, courted publicity and made an unfounded accusation that an expert on her defense team had an inappropriate relationship with Arias.
“The theme of the (prosecutor’s) case was: Everybody else you should ignore, but me,” said Cory Engle.
Terry Crist, a lawyer for the Arizona attorney general’s office, told the judges that he believes Martinez may have occasionally violated court rules, but none of his actions should lead to a reversal of the conviction.
“The evidence of guilt is very strong in this case,” Crist said.
Arias is serving a life sentence for her first-degree murder conviction in the death of Travis Alexander at his home in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
Prosecutors have said Arias violently attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.
Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed she acted in self-defense after he attacked her. He was stabbed nearly 30 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the head.
The guilt phase of Arias’ trial ended in 2013 with jurors convicting her of murder but deadlocking on punishment. A second sentencing trial ended in early 2015 with another jury deadlock, leading a judge to sentence Arias to life.
The case turned into a media circus as salacious and violent details about Arias and Alexander were broadcast live around the world.
Arias had actively courted the spotlight since her 2008 arrest. She did interviews on TV’s “48 Hours” and “Inside Edition” after her arrest and was on the witness stand for several weeks during the trial. She also did a series of media interviews after her conviction.
Arias and Martinez were not in the courtroom for Thursday’s hearing.
Engle said Martinez capitalized on publicity and went so far as to sign autographs and take pictures with fans outside the courthouse. She also denied her client courted publicity.
“It doesn’t appear she ever gave up her desire to get her story out,” Judge Jennifer Campbell said.
Campbell asked what judges should do when a prosecutor “becomes an actor on stage loving publicity?”
Crist said the judges could uphold convictions in such cases and still refer the prosecutor to the State Bar of Arizona for possible discipline.
Campbell brought up a sidebar conversation among lawyers and the trial judge during the Arias trial in which Martinez profanely told one of the defense attorneys that if he was married to her, he’d kill himself. The prosecutor apologized after an objection was made.
Crist said the encounter happened outside of the presence of the jury.
Judge Kenton Jones asked if such behavior by a prosecutor is acceptable if jurors don’t witness it. “It’s not OK at all,” Crist responded.
The judges didn’t say when they would issue a ruling.
After Arias’ attorney filed the appeal, new complaints were made against Martinez, though none of those have been raised in this case.
A judge who handles disciplinary cases against attorneys this summer threw out allegations that Martinez made sexually inappropriate comments to female law clerks in his office and had inappropriate contact with a woman who had been dismissed from Arias’ jury and later texted nude photos of herself to the prosecutor.
The remaining allegations against Martinez in the attorney disciplinary case included claims that the prosecutor leaked another juror’s identity to a blogger with whom Martinez was having a sexual relationship.
Martinez was reprimanded by the county prosecutor’s office in 2018 for inappropriate and unprofessional conduct toward female law clerks.
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The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Jodi Arias’ murder conviction and life sentence in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, rejecting her assertions that she was denied a fair trial.Arias was convicted in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for killing her ex-boyfriend, 30-year-old Travis Alexander.
His body was found — stabbed, shot in the face and slit in the neck from ear to ear — in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona, home.Now 39, Arias appealed her conviction and sentence, arguingpartlythat trial publicity — including live media coverage of the proceedings — and a prosecutor’s alleged misconduct deprived her of a fair trial and impartial jury.
In a 29-page ruling and a 16-page memorandum Tuesday, a three-judge panel found, in part:• The prosecutor did engage in misconduct by being hostile and aggressive “with each witness whose testimony was inconsistent with the state’s theory of the case.”• Still, Arias isn’t entitled to a new trial and evidence overwhelmingly showed she was guilty. The evidence “would not have permitted any reasonable juror to acquit her of the charged offense.”•
That evidence included “uncontroverted evidence that Arias planned the killing.”• Regarding the publicity, Arias “failed to show that either the jurors’ ability to impartially and fairly decide the case or her defense team’s performance was adversely affected.”A call seeking comment from one of Arias’ attorneys, Cory Engle, was not immediately returned.The trial attracted a national audience riveted by the themes of sex and violence.
During 18 days of testimony, Arias admitted shooting Alexander, arguing she did so in self-defense after he lunged at her. She said she remembered nothing about attacking him after the gunshot.The jury rejected her self-defense argument and convicted Arias of first-degree murder in May 2013
.That jury found the murder was especially cruel, making Arias eligible for the death penalty. However, that same jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on whether she should live or die.A new jury was empaneled in October 2014 to decide Arias’ fate, but it, too, didn’t reach a unanimous decision.Because a second jury was deadlocked in the penalty phase of Arias’ case, the death penalty was taken off the table, and a judge sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole in April 2015.
Before her sentencing, Arias expressed remorse.”To this day, I can’t believe that I was capable of doing something that terrible,” Arias said. “I’m truly disgusted and repulsed with myself. I’m horrified because of what I did, and I wish there was some way I could take it back.”