The state's execution method changed again in 1992, when Arizona voters elected to use lethal injection following the ghastly 11-minute-long gas-chamber execution of Donald Harding.

Besides the three women, 120 men sit on Arizona's Death Row.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery wants to see Arias join those sentenced to die. In 2011, Montgomery rejected Arias' offer to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

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Arias, appearing as a vivacious blonde, cavorts with Alexander —  eerily, in retrospect, she holds her then-boyfriend's neck, which she would later slice open with a large knife.
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Arias, appearing as a vivacious blonde, cavorts with Alexander — eerily, in retrospect, she holds her then-boyfriend's neck, which she would later slice open with a large knife.

Last month, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed Arias' eligibility for the death penalty in response to a defense motion.

If the jury convicts her of first-degree murder, the panel will then deliberate on whether she gets the death penalty. An acquittal based on Arias' self-defense claim seems impossible. Arias' admitted cover-up of the crime, lies to police and to the public, and evidence of premeditation all point to a sentence of either death or life in prison.

When police interviewed her, days after Alexander's decomposing body was found by his roommates on June 9, Arias said she hadn't been to Alexander's home for weeks.

Arias was known to Alexander and his friends as a stalking, jealous ex-girlfriend. Alexander and his friends suspected Arias of slashing his car's tires and sending one of his new girlfriends hate mail.

Arias, who'd started dating Alexander in mid-2006 and lived with him in Mesa for a few months, went back to Yreka for a time, but then moved from California to Mesa to be closer to Alexander after they broke up in 2007.

Arias told no one that she was planning to visit Alexander in Mesa on June 4, 2008, instead telling friends and family — and her romantic interest, Ryan Burns — that she was driving to Utah on June 3 to meet Burns.

For reasons that she couldn't explain intelligently during the trial, Arias rented a car instead of using her own, borrowed two gas cans from a friend in California, filled them, then bought a third gas can before crossing the California border.

The theory by prosecutor Martinez and police is that she wanted to leave no trace of her passage through Arizona.

On arriving at Burns' place in the Salt Lake City suburb, she told him and his friends that she'd gotten lost for a full day. The car-rental clerk noticed that Arias' hair was blond on June 3. Burns testified that by the time he saw Arias, it was dark brown.

When police confronted her with the extensive forensic evidence from the crime scene, Arias changed her story to the masked-intruders yarn.

After relating the second version calmly to the news media, she and her lawyer arrived eventually at the third.

In a 2011 motion, defense attorney Nurmi wrote that Arias' testimony would show Alexander was a "playboy expert manipulator and sexual deviant" who had attacked and threatened Arias in the past. Investigators never discovered a scrap of evidence on Alexander's computer or elsewhere that he'd viewed child porn, as Arias claims.

Arias now argues that she merely was defending herself on June 4, 2008. She claims Alexander had grown enraged in the shower after she dropped the new camera. She says he called her a "fucking bitch" and charged at her "like a linebacker," chasing her into a hallway. While she was running away through his walk-in closet, she claims, she found a handgun she knew he kept on a closet shelf, grabbed it, and it went off.

After that, she says, she entered the "fog" and can't recall further details of the attack. But, as Martinez elicited, it didn't stop her from trying to delete the camera images, putting the camera and bloody bedding in the washer, taking the gun from the house, throwing it somewhere in the desert, and leaving cheery voice mails for Alexander as if he were still alive.

Neither the gun nor the knife was ever found. The gun is a crucial detail that strongly suggests that the murder was premeditated.

A week before the killing, an alleged burglary occurred at the Yreka home of Arias' grandparents — where she was living at the time — and only a couple of items were taken. One of them was a .25-caliber handgun.

Alexander was shot with a .25-caliber handgun, the crime lab confirmed.

Such weapons are rare. It makes sense that elderly people might own a .25-caliber, because such guns were popular in the early 20th century. When Ian Fleming penned his first James Bond novel, he gave the secret agent a .25-caliber semi-automatic similar to the one used to shoot Alexander. After a gun aficionado complained to Fleming, he had his Bond character trade the gun in for a Walther PPK 7.65 millimeter.

The odds against Alexander's keeping a .25-caliber pistol in his closet are astronomical.

If the grandparents' gun had been a run-of-the mill 9 millimeter and Alexander had been shot with a 9 millimeter, her story might have been more plausible. Even then, crime-scene photos of the closet show neither a tie, shirt, nor stack of clothes out of place — clearly, there was no panicked grab for a gun in that closet.

Mel McDonald, the defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, predicts that a first-degree murder conviction is in Arias' future.

"You're sitting there having sex with the guy, and then you slit his throat — this doesn't happen spontaneously," McDonald says.

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skepticguy
skepticguy

does anyone really believe anything ray stern writes?

skepticguy
skepticguy

does anyone really believe anything ray stern writes?

foreveryoung85207
foreveryoung85207

THE TRAIL OF JODI ARIAS  IS A JOKE!  SHE SAYS IS WAS ABUSED IN HER DREAMS ,I WAS AN ABUSED WOMEN FOR MANY YEARS  I GOT OUT OF THAT .AND I DID NOT GO KILL MY  EX  .JODI  IS JUST ACTING  SHE IS A VERY BIG LIAR  SHE WANTS PEOPLE TO FEEL SORRY FOR HER.B___S___  .I HOPE SHE GETS  THE  DEATH  PENTALY.AND  THE  ONE MILLION  THAT WAS SPENT SO FAR ON TAX  PAYERS MONEY  ,THAT MONEY SHOULD  OF GONE TO OUR SCHOOLS, FEED OUR CHILDREN.NEED I SAY MORE. 

Turtle88
Turtle88

Seriously, that State vs Jodi Arias page is run by two trolls from Australia with nothing better to do than to get involved in a justice system that is none of their business.  They are shady and maybe should pay attention to the stalking and harassment practices they participate in online in their own damn country.  Bunch of freaks. 

zandrei
zandrei

Jodi is just like Charles Manson cold and devil driven killer. The gun and knife was brought by her, she was good with knife she slashed 12 tires remember? She is not fooling anyone but herselfserving fog, may GOD punish her devilish ways, and he will.

phephe2311
phephe2311

She's a liar... Its impossible to be in a "Fog"  Coming from Mesa she would have had to drive on 3 highways,Drive thru 2 towns. Once getting to Kingman she would have had to exit one hwy to get on another, then drive thru Kingman's Main Street to get on road leading to Hoover Dam where she said she came to. Thats impossible.  I drive that route every month to Las Vegas.

no1carolyn
no1carolyn

Nice work Mr. Stern.  Carolyn Reynolds, Author

kscntrygrl2000
kscntrygrl2000

I am finding that the majority of peoples opinion of this case have gotten worse as this trial moves forward. Watching her arrogance, hearing her blatant lies, has all but turned the majority against her more than they were. She is an arrogant, self centered, sociopath with not even an ounce of remorse. If she was truly remorseful and repentant of her actions,she wouldn't have taken this farce as far as she has. She wanted him dead,and to NEVER get caught. I am amazed at her unrelenting and insistent trashing of travis's character. Yes,he made mistakes,and obviously was not perfect. What Jodi has done is horrific, and to not treat this murder As one would if she was a man killing a woman would be unfair. The bias that some show,because of the fact she is a woman astounds me! She mutilated and murdered a human being! She should be treated the same as any man.

kscntrygrl2000
kscntrygrl2000

I am finding that the majority of peoples opinion of this case have gotten worse as this trial moves forward. Watching her arrogance, hearing her blatant lies, has all but turned the majority against her more than they were. She is an arrogant, self centered, sociopath with not even an ounce of remorse. If she was truly remorseful and repentant of her actions,she wouldn't have taken this farce as far as she has. She wanted him dead,and to NEVER get caught. I am amazed at her unrelenting and insistent shredding of Travis's character. Yea, he made mistakes, as do we all!

saxonoskar
saxonoskar

The Facebook page run by Australian admins, is becoming a very 'hate hate hate' page, and I have unliked it for that reason, they did have good links, but too many angry opinionated people just out for death penalty.  Would they be so blood mongering if it was their family member???? 

loria0825
loria0825

I have been following this trial very closely.  Martinez has more work to do to prove premeditation; he's getting there but he's not there yet.  Many in the media act as if a first degree murder conviction is already a done deal and it's not.  Big mistake for Martinez or any one else for that matter to get overconfident right now. 

toplesscorvette
toplesscorvette

Great detailed article. Been following the case daily.

It's not complicated folks. GUILTY-1st

skullbuster44
skullbuster44

If memories were blocked from forming from the beginning of the stress (gunshot) and she came out of the fog in the car, remember Dr. said no memories whatso ever, how did she remember dropping the knife and screaming. Wish I could get Martinez to ask this question.

cynthiahall1961
cynthiahall1961

I love the no nonsense approach that Mr martinez has with this trial , he has his facts together with no second guessing, we need more prosecutors like him especially down south then maybe justice would be served and a lot of this shooting and killing people would stop.

katiecoolady
katiecoolady

Thank you Ray for covering this trial.  As you know I've been in the courtroom most days in support of the family. I've never seen the likes of the brutal reassassination of this victim through this sociopath and her attorneys through this trial.  To readers: this has nothing to do with an insanity defense. She's claming SELF DEFENSE while she stabbed Travis 27 times including 9 stab wounds in the BACK as he tried to escape her then she slit his throat and shot  him in the face. After at least 2 weeks of premeditation and years of lying about her involvement.  this will result in a conviction and death sentence for the demon.  Mark my words.


c.robideaux
c.robideaux

I am insulted by Ray Stern's crass assertion that you have to be a "doomsday prepper who's been living without a digital signal for the past three months" in order not to know the ongoing, gory details of the Jody Arias case. I, for one, am a regular guy who doesn't have anything against folks who have chosen to be prepared for doomsday, if they so choose (the unnecessary insinuation by Stern being that only these crazy prepper types have weeded out network TV from their lives - really?) and I am glad I haven't had my mind twisted (or tittillated in a soap opera of justice, O.J. kind of way) by this media circus. Why should any of us need to have this sick parade crammed down our throats on a daily basis? I have lived just fine and well-informed without a TV signal for years now. I have peace of mind without mainstream, network TV brainwashing and "infotainment," thanks very much. In fact, I didn't find out about this case until a friend of mine in Vegas kept asking me, "What do you think about this Jody Arias murder case?" and when I replied I didn't know anything about it, and he told me the basic facts, that's really all I cared to know. I pick up the leftist, sensationalistic, yellow-journalism rag New Times every now and then, and this week decided to read up on what is sure to be the O.J. trial of this decade. Despite Stern's superfluous societal slant, one can gather from his piece that the overall tone of the trial is inappropriately voyeuristic and salacious, though prosecutor Martinez is right to keep the pressure on his deceitful, confused, ruthlessly homicidal defendant. Don't let this one turn into the fiasco and miscarriage of justice that O.J. was, people!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

Only on the US and in a Corrupt State like Arizona something like this could take place, where it seems that MEDIA WHORING is more important then SEEKING JUSTICE for an individual massacred by a psycothic bitch, whose Defense  is probably going to claim that she is mentally ill...... somebody already said that She is suffering PTSD, therefore paving the way for the Defense to go for that and try to play that card, which in the State of Arizona seems to be fair play. No research needs to be done to find an instance, for example : there's the MCSO and its CORRUPT SHURF , from where I think the need for MEDIA WHORING has spread to the top of the JUDICIAL SYSTEM and the COURTS to the point of making this trail a SOAP OPERA/COMEDY, which probably is going to generate a book , a Movie and so on, and the consequential result...MONEY, which I think is what They are going after, instead of bringing a swift, fair and bullshit free trail.

danxranx
danxranx

She is pretty hot man, I wouldnt mind some of that action!


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Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 A bevy of news shows, including those hosted by Nancy Grace andDr. Drew Pinsky on CNN andHLN, deconstruct the day's events. 


At this point, does anyone really think Dr Drew knows what he's talking about? 6 years of his show, and 5 people have killed themselves? 51 patients and 5 have killed themselves. Are there other counselors who have a 10% suicide rate among their patients?

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 //"She described how Alexander, angry that she'd dropped his new camera, chased her from the shower to a closet, where she found "his" gun and shot him."//


Didn't she shoot him in the shower? I've been trying to figure out this statement. AFAIK, he was shot and killed in the shower. Is she expecting us to believe that the momentum from the bullets carried him all the way back down the hall into the bathroom?


And the pictures are a little freaky. That girl has something seriously wrong with her junk...

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Award winning commentary on the Arias trial.  You're a class act Mr Stern.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Ray - great article.  I appreciate the deeper dive into this case.  I also liked your living blogging from the first couple days of the prosecutors cross exam.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

What I'd like to know, if this were indeed self-defense, is after which stab wound did Travis quit attacking her.  Really.  I hope she gets life without parole, so she'll have many years to contemplate her actions

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

We all appreciate your feminism FerrisAgain, but it is misplaced on this psychotic killer. She deserves to be killed for reasons way outside her sexuality.

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

Damn. The number of sexist comments on here are so shocking. This woman is an evil, disturbed, awful human being. And it has nothing to do with the fact that she's a she. Or that she has a sexual past. My god, people, welcome to the 21st century.

valerie.lagunas
valerie.lagunas

@saxonoskar I'm saying give the bitch the needle, eye for an eye, Jodi MURDERED Travis in a brutal way, what do you wanna do? Give the freak show a fucking lollipop? Be serious!!! If she gets the death penalty for this brutal murder that JODI COMMITED I rather see the Alexander family getting a chance to stab her 27 times, slit her throat from ear to ear and shoot her in the head with a .25 caliber gun... That's justice!!!

Putting a needle in her arm and putting her to sleep is not what Travis went thru!!! I hope this 3 hole wonder gets the death penalty!!! She didn't give Travis the option of life, why should we!!!!!

boofa01
boofa01

@saxonoskar Even in reading this article, as the timeline unfolds and you see more and more of Arias and what she is like, you begin to feel more and more disdain for her. I think it might be fairly impossible for most people to hear her lies, her brutality and her attitude and not progressively feel more and more negatively towards her. If it were my family member I'd definitely feel like that - no questions asked. And if Arias was my family member, I'd fully understand why the other side felt like they did.

1260Linda
1260Linda

@saxonoskar If Travis were your family member would you not feel the same way?  Just a thought. 

promodeln4u
promodeln4u

@loria0825 Im a true Juan fan and adore the man's Prosecutorial talents, but I too, agree with you. Im also the kind of person who doesnt believe it til its IN MY HANDS anyway. I think he's doing a fabulous job and has done beautifully. Like you say though, I dont think he or anyone else should become overconfident - yet. Instead, keep digging and instilling the premeditation in the jurors minds. The facts are there. Make sure they HEAR it is all. Well said Loria0825.

saxonoskar
saxonoskar

@c.robideaux  I found that comment insulting too... I dont like in a cave or under a rock, yet in the country I live in, have had NO media coverage of this case at all. Im now watching the trial days from day 1 on youtube.  So have an unbiased opinion since havnt had all the media coverage for years like those in USA


naoma4man
naoma4man

@danxranx   I have been watching the trial since it started.  She would probably give you some action because in one story about her she gave a guy she had just met "oral sex" right outside his car.  I doubt she will see the light of day once this trial ends.  The sex is very graphic and they give a "daily warning" that it is.  Personally, I am enjoying Juan.  I live in Phoenix and would try to get into the trial but people line up at 4 AM and finding a parking place is difficult.

promodeln4u
promodeln4u

@danxranx You want some of THAT "action" eh? Hey! Im SURE you can find plenty of so-called "hot" women who'd like to murder you in cold blood! Especially the ones with a way higher IQ than you SEEM to have. SMDH. How ignorant. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mikey1969  ... did they kill themselves BECAUSE of Dr. Drew? ... or in spite of Dr. Drew?

Fact is, those suicidal losers were going to check-out anyway ... and good riddance!


kc.sahoe
kc.sahoe

@Mikey1969 it depends on which lie you want to believe on where she shot him, she said in the bathroom, yet told alyce in la la land in the closet.  Just like the fake "pedo" picture she told Alyce in la la land they were on his computer, yet when they searched his computer and found NOTHING,  then it changed to paper pictures.  

phil123jones
phil123jones

@pszymeczek .......... I think she will have many years in prison to contemplate her crimes whether or not she gets the death penalty.  It takes on average, about 20 years or more to execute a prisoner.  

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@FerrisAgain I find your comments refreshing, and on track. We should not look at this thru the jaded eyes that decide one gender is more evil than the other.

Having said that....if she were not a murderer, I would bang her like a screen door in a hurricane!  In front of her family, if necessary!

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

@FerrisAgain It's a sad result of the opening up of the courtrooms for the public to watch the trials as though they were sports events.

That, and people love to be judgmental and insert their own morality into their conclusions of what they've witnessed, for whatever reasons.

Maybe it's just the nature of the beast?  I'm sure it could be improved but only by the individuals participating, unfortunately.

1260Linda
1260Linda

@loria0825 @saxonoskar  I believe he is referring to The State vs Jodi Arias Travis Alexander Murder Trial page.  A page for support of Travis Alexander.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

@DonkeyHotay @Mikey1969 Look, he's obviously not a good counselor, when that many of his clients kill themselves after his services. What's so hard to figure out? Of course, he has a much better attitude than you do. I'd say you'd have a 100% suicide success rate if you were the therapist.

promodeln4u
promodeln4u

@phil123jones @pszymeczek I only want the DP simply due the much more strict rules than LWOP. I WISH ALL states would make LWOP carry the same strict guidelines as DP, then it wouldnt be so hard. The BEST thing for this lunatic IS to have to live with and by herself. She'll drive herself insane! And not having ANY attention? Oh yeah! That'll do her in. My ONLY problem with DP for her is, I dont think its a hard enough death. Way too easy for someone like her! Im serious. 

 
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