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Death Penalty Hearing Held For Jodi Arias

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/26/2013 Attorneys for convicted murderer Jodi Arias are in court Monday for a hearing on a new sentencing trial date. A jury will have the chance to decide whether Jodi Arias deserves the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend. Ted Rowlands reports. "We the jury, duly impaneled and sworn, upon our oath, do find the defendent as to count one, first-degree murder, guilty." After listening to four months of testimony, it took three days for the first jury to find Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder. But they couldn't decide between the death penalty or life in prison. "No unanimous decision." Arizona law allows prosecutors one more chance at death. If a new jury still can't decide, Arias gets life in prison and a judge will determine whether or not she'll be eligible for parole. The new trial won't be as long because the original first-degree guilty verdict still holds. "This new jury isn't going to have nearly the information the old jury did," says Dwane Cates, an Arizona attorney. "The jury that made this decision saw every gruesome detail, saw all the lies, saw everthing." Finding new jurors who haven't heard of the Arias case will be difficult, given the intense media coverahe of the first trial. "Mr. Martinez, are you angry at me?" Defense domestic violence expert Alyce Laviolette saya after she testified, she was inundated with online abuse, including death threats. She has no intention of going through that again, even though her testimony could make a difference. "Why dont you want to go back?" "Threats to my life," she says. "Threats to my family. My family doesn't want me to go back." In the end, Jodi Arias may end up being her own best chance for avoiding the death penalty. "Either way, I'm going to spend the rest of my life in prison," she says. "It'll either be shortened or not. If it's shortened, the people that will hurt the most are my family. I'm asking you please, please don't do that to them." Arias pled for her life during the penalty phase or her first trial. This, after spending 18 days on the witness stand during the trial. What, if anything, she says to the new jury may determine if she lives or dies.
   
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