Jodi Arias Heads Toward Probable Death-Penalty Sentence; Says She Prefers It to Life Sentence

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Jodi Arias' mouth drops open in the second after she hears that a jury found her guilty of first-degree premeditated murder.
Chances seem slim-to-none that Jodi Arias will escape a death sentence.

The Maricopa County jury which today found Arias guilty of first-degree murder is scheduled to begin hearing the aggravation, or penalty, phase of the trial tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. Witnesses will likely be called for this phase, meaning it will take a few days or even a couple of weeks.

Jury members have started a process that seems likely to end with Arias strapped to a gurney and injected with deadly poison. We know they believe the murder of Travis Alexander was premeditated. If they believe the prosecution's evidence-loaded theory that Arias planned the gruesome attack in California days before the June 4, 2008, murder, which they probably do, then Arias is a proverbial dead woman walking.

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"Today's verdict closes the guilt phase of State v. Jodi Ann Arias," wrote County Attorney Bill Montgomery in a news release this afternoon. "However, the pursuit of justice on behalf of Travis Alexander continues. We look forward to the next phase of the proceedings, where the State will present evidence to prove the murder was committed in an especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner. Consistent with the State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, my Office will have no further comment at this time."

Thing is, what wasn't heinous, cruel and depraved about this murder?

* Arias set up Alexander with a deceptive photo shoot in the shower, getting him to crouch down naked and dripping, then began her vicious knife attack. He was stabbed 27 times. As the medical examiner's report detailed, many of these stabs cut deep into muscle. One pierced his heart. There must have been a great deal of pain involved. Yet Alexander's former lover didn't care about his pain, and kept stabbing.

* Nothing says heinous, cruel and depraved like slitting a throat from ear to ear.

* Alexander was dead, or perhaps a flitter of electricity still ran through his brain. No blood was flowing in his body. Then she shot him in the face. Depraved means morally corrupt. This final shot may not have been cruel, if Alexander was already dead, but it was surely depraved.

Here's a passage from a 2004 East Valley Tribune story about another female murderer, Wendi Andriano, who had been found guilty of first-degree murder (with Juan Martinez as prosecutor):

The jury decided Dec. 6 [2004] after four hours of deliberation that Wendi Andriano was eligible for the death penalty, finding that the murder was committed in an "especially cruel" manner. Martinez supported his case for the death penalty by saying that Joseph Andriano was going to die of cancer in less than a year, and that his wife let him suffer the effects of the poison for 90 minutes before hitting him with the bar stool.

Defensive wounds on his hands show that Joseph Andriano was conscious during some of the blows, and he was also alive when she stabbed him, Martinez said.

The Arias case has some similarities, clearly. Arguably, Alexander suffered at least as much as Joseph Andriano, and possibly a lot more.

Now that they've found the stabbing, throat-cutting and shooting by Arias was premeditated, it doesn't seem likely the jury members will give her a break.

And that's apparently the way she wants it. Unless she's lying again.

Arias told a local TV station, "Longevity runs in my family, and I don't want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place. I believe death is the ultimate freedom and I'd rather have my freedom as soon as I can get it."

Whether or not she really believe that now, she probably won't 20 years from now, when her potential execution date is much closer.

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Above: Still photos of Arias as the jury verdict is read.



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26 comments
bill
bill

The fellow that "cut off heads" in the desert, according to Jan Brewer, got 14 years.... If that's all a mexican cartel henchmen gets from the Maricopa County District Attorney, I don't see the fairness in sentencing Jodi Arias to death.... Sentencing needs to be fair.   I think it's time to recall Bill Montgomery, the worst county attorney we've had to date in Maricopa County, and certainly one of the most incompetent idiots to ever pass the bar exam.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

She will get the death penalty, aggravated murder is what I call "Overkill". Either way she will be on an episode of "Snapped"

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

That could be a factor. Screw it, throw her in a prison in Thailand.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

Yep. She wants to die, let her suffer in prison.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

She killed the guy, evidence was all there. To hell with all these "Justice for Jodi" sites. I have no sympathy towards this sick, psychotic bitch and hope she suffers. Sorry to sound cold, but it's the truth.

Lisa Perez
Lisa Perez

then cut her throat from ear to ear..

Lisa Perez
Lisa Perez

if we ALL believed in an eye for an eye we'd ALL be BLIND!!!

Lisa Perez
Lisa Perez

OR.. did she say that because she's a cunning manipulator and wants to be spared the death penalty?

Nick Gray
Nick Gray

Lmao really people are sticking up for this psycho bitch & talking bad about the man who was brutally murdered? Ted Meyer I think you need the death penalty, piece of shit.

Chelsea Erin Alongi
Chelsea Erin Alongi

She was quoted saing "death would be the ultimate freedom" so we should lock her up and lose the key, she should have to live everyday with the knowledge that she murdered a man in cold blood and tried to get away with it.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

It will cost more to keep her on death row than to give her life.

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

They need to analyze cybil as to understand how mentally innocent people are punished for things their multiple personalities do

Rachel Rowe
Rachel Rowe

Yes, but only because she will have little to no control over that situation.

Brandi King
Brandi King

I would rather die than stay in prison

Roland Mc New
Roland Mc New

maybe they should stab her 27 times & then shoot her in the head?

Tucker Woodbury
Tucker Woodbury

since that's the method she would prefer, i'd say go the other way, and lock her up for life.

Ted Meyer
Ted Meyer

Hope mot she just killed a pervert Mesa is better not having him walking around he was a pig .

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

she will probably get her wish...........it may take 20 years or so to get it, but eventually she will get that one way bus ride to Florence.

rainskywolf
rainskywolf

@Ted Meyer You need help yourself for saying that

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