Jodi Arias Asks Jury to Spare Her Life So Her Family Isn't Hurt; No Apology to Victim's Family, No Tears
A motion for a mistrial was rejected by Maricopa County Judge Sherry Stephens after a short court day on Monday. CNN reported this morning that Arias' attorneys have filed some sort of emergency appeal with the Arizona Court of Appeals, with commentators speculating that they can't do their job because Arias is trying to call the shots.
At this point, no defense witnesses are expected to speak for Arias, leaving her all alone to try to persuade the jury to spare her life. If that's what she wants to do. Arias, of course, reportedly prefers a death sentence to life in prison.
Judicial system procedures would allow Arias to be executed in as little as four years if she fails to appeal following one automatic appeal, an official with the state Attorney General's Office told us last week.
Scroll down for live updates from the courtroom.
10:05 - Travis Alexander's sister Samantha came back in, then left.
10:11 - Juan Martinez sitting in his chair, waiting patiently, as is the packed courtroom of family members and trial watchers.
10:33 - Jodi Arias just walked into the courtroom from the chambers door at the back of the courtroom. She was holding a manila envelope. Then she exited through a side door. The brief appearance caused a slight stir among the court watchers who have been nearly silent as they wait.
10:36 - Jodi Arias' attorneys came in and left. Jennifer Willmott appeared to be collecting her things - does this mean Arias won't speak after all? Well, no news is still good news...
10:39 - Bailiff Valerie Leon putting papers on the attorneys' table.
10:46 - Willmott walks back with her purse. Guess she wasn't leaving after all. Kirk Nurmi's here now. Seems like things could start any second. Arias still huddling with a "mitigation expert," according to tweets on #jodiarias.
10:51 - Arias walks into court. Judge comes in.
I'm sitting on an aisle seat, a few feet away from Arias' father, who has a wooden cane resting on his legs.
The jury just came in.
Judge Stephens says Ms. Womack was supposed to testify, but won't.
Arias may proceed. Here's what she's saying. I'll put exact quotes in quotes, otherwise it's paraphrased:
Says her mom visited her early in the trial. She said I know you're going through hell.
In 2007, Travis called her, saying grandmother ill, and his family didn't know what they'd do if she didn't make it.
That she "inadvertently" caused her passing, it "destroys me."
Mentions that her family is sitting "right over there."
10:58 - Says she wanted to "escape." Didn't know a lot about prison. I didn't think it was fair to expect my family to support me for the rest of my life.
She realizes she can have a job and have a life in prison.
(This speech means she lied about wanting the death sentence -- or at least has changed her mind. She's begging for her life.)
"If I'm sentenced to life, I'll live among the general population of women," and share her knowledge . . .
She'll work in the recyling program, she says.