Jodi Arias Could Be Executed in Just Four Years — if Her Death Wish Isn’t Another Lie

Jodi Arias's Kinky Murder Trial in Arizona Continues

In an exclusive post-conviction interview, boyfriend-killer Jodi Arias insisted that she didn't plan to kill 30-year-old Travis Alexander in 2008. But now that she's been convicted of premeditated murder, she'd "prefer to die sooner than later."


Jodi Arias's Murder Trial: Complete Coverage

Arias went on to say to Channel 10's Troy Hayden, "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."

Jodi Arias looks at her family after she was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday, May 8, during her Maricopa County Superior Court trial. Arias was convicted of stabbing and shooting Travis Alexander to death.
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Jodi Arias looks at her family after she was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday, May 8, during her Maricopa County Superior Court trial. Arias was convicted of stabbing and shooting Travis Alexander to death.

If the jury gives the world-famous murderess the death penalty, and she keeps her word, she could be dead in as little as four years. But when has Arias told the truth since Alexander's bloody demise?

Leaving a cyanide pill in her cell so she could exit the world like arsonist Michael Marin did in a Phoenix courtroom last year ("Burning Man" Found Guilty of Arson, June 28) isn't an option, no matter how many people post tweets to "#jodiarias" wishing it was.

In fact, her comments to KSAZ-TV last week landed her on a Maricopa County jail suicide watch. A guard checked her every 15 minutes to make sure she'd be alive until the high-rating TV spectacle starring her ends. The suicide watch was lifted as this article went to press.

Yet Arias could hasten her demise substantially if she fails to appeal a death sentence, says Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.

The state grants one automatic appeal to inmates sentenced to die, regardless of their wishes. Assuming that's not successful in Arias' case — and Arias still claims she wants to die — the state will order a psychiatric examination to be "100 percent that the person is completely fine, mentally," Grisham says. Then: curtains.

In theory, the process could take just four years. Because a normal death-penalty case takes 20 to 27 years from conviction to execution, Arias' decision could save taxpayers millions of dollars, Grisham says.

The sensational trial, which has been going on since January 2, already has cost county taxpayers an estimated $2 million.

After finding Arias guilty of first-degree murder, jury members now turn their attention to the trial's aggravation and penalty phases. These could last at least a couple of weeks, experts say. The proceedings were scheduled to begin right before publication of this story.

In the aggravation phase, "The state will present evidence to prove the murder was committed in an especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner," says Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the County Attorney's Office.

Defense attorney Mel McDonald, a former Arizona U.S. Attorney who has watched the trial closely, says he believes the chances that the jury will vote for the death penalty are "staggeringly high."

McDonald adds, "You don't get much more gruesome than this offense. You can tell from the jury questions that they were not sympathizing with her."

The horror-movie details of Alexander's slaying are familiar to even casual observers of what has been one of the most celebrated televised trials in U.S. history.

Stabbed 27 times. Throat slashed from ear to ear. Shot in the head.

Alexander's decomposing body was found several days after the June 4, 2008, murder. Arias, an ex-girlfriend whom Alexander and his friends considered a stalker, quickly fell under suspicion.

She had attended his memorial service and even written his grandmother a letter to express sorrow about Alexander's death. She told police she had nothing to do with the murder and hadn't been to Arizona in weeks. Technicians with the Mesa Police Department recovered pictures in Alexander's camera and DNA evidence that proved she was lying.

Confronted with the evidence after her arrest, Arias came up with a phony story about two masked intruders coming into Alexander's home, shooting him, then threatening her family if she ever told anyone. Arias related the bogus account of the slaying in TV interviews, claiming that a jury would never convict her. She finally ditched the story and replaced it with her failed self-defense claim.

The same jury of eight men and four women that convicted her now is tasked with writing the final chapter of the Arias saga. All 12 jurors must agree on at least one aggravating factor, according to state law.

Juan Martinez, the bombastic, now-internationally popular deputy county attorney responsible for securing Arias' conviction, will use evidence he's already presented at trial to make his case for "heinous, cruel, and depraved manner" as an aggravating factor.

The jury can decide that the state hasn't proved the aggravating factor, in which case the judge will sentence Arias to natural life, meaning she'll die in prison. If jury members can't agree on at least one factor, a new jury will be impaneled to make the decision.

If jurors agree with Martinez, the trial moves to the penalty phase. This is where Arias hopes to convince jurors that she doesn't deserve execution. McDonald says Arias' defense team will "throw everything at the wall" in an attempt to persuade jurors to spare her life.

But in the Channel 10 interview, Arias said one of her lawyers, Kirk Nurmi, told her she has no mitigating factors: "Um, nothing that is what you typically see in a case like this, such as a childhood where there [were] drugs, alcoholism, [or] molestation. None of those things occurred in my family. So I guess we would sort of joke that my mom didn't beat me hard enough. So I don't have mitigation."

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31 comments
mandymarie7835
mandymarie7835

At least she killed a guy deserving of it. Go Girl!

robinsontiyana
robinsontiyana

I think she thought she was going to get away with all of this and didn't have enough time to come up with a good lie or excuse as to where she's been and be able to be shocked that he's dead. and now I think she just wishes she never did it I don't even think she knows exactly why she did it either. because if he really was abusive then she would of put it out there a bit different. 

bettylou
bettylou

why not a woman in az,. she had to get convicted, put it on tv the media frenzy is double punishment.

what happened to heat of passion defense.

this boyfriend and his FRIENDS that are media whores true mormon (morons ) what to kill someone and make her pay . for their so CLOSE friend what a joke. what a joke. all of az is run by mormons lawyers and judges. fuck them all hypocists.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Be sure to donate her bung-hole to science.

libraiis
libraiis

This girl does not livein the real world and has not most of her life.I do not think that there was premedcation in the killing, It was a classsic crime of passion.She went totally out of her head and when she came to all hell had broken loose. This is a crime of out and out blind rage...my question is why?What was it that sent her over the edge?Behaviour like this is not any where in her past.I do not but the story thatTravis was cleaner than clean...there has to be more here than that.

There is no way out for her now though so her best result is to waive her appeals and get it over with as fast as she can.Can she be a volunteer for execution as you can in some states?

I reall think she belongs in a mental ward for life.It would be much more fitting to the ofence.

libraiis
libraiis

This girl does not livein the real world and has not most of her life.I do not think that there was premedcation in the killing, It was a classsic crime of passion.She went totally out of her head and when she came to all hell had broken loose. This is a crime of out and out blind rage...my question is why?What was it that sent her over the edge?Behaviour like this is not any where in her past.I do not but the story thatTravis was cleaner than clean...there has to be more here than that.

There is no way out for her now though so her best result is to waive her appeals and get it over with as fast as she can.Can she be a volunteer for execution as you can in some states?

I reall think she belongs in a mental ward for life.Itwould be much more fitting to the ofence.

wtf...
wtf...

I'm sure she'll have plenty of sex before she gets electrocuted....yeah, I'd tap that ass....!

robert_graham
robert_graham

Execute Jodi Arias and make her suffer before she croaks. A botched execution would be nice.

Royal Hopper
Royal Hopper

I think she has a Lot of issues and I think one of them is impulse control ...she front loads a thought in that twisted angry brain amd feels compelled to act on it .....

brinvinn
brinvinn

She is pretty hot dude, I would totally hit that!

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Clovia Chisolm
Clovia Chisolm

If she wants the death penalty I agree only if They through her ass in the lions cage.

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

I think she needs to get the death penalty sure, but life in prison is almost worse. Let her rot.

Erin Whitfield
Erin Whitfield

It's common with death row people to process the possibility of execution in this way.

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

Make a Death Wish Foundation will help her

Zachary Wells
Zachary Wells

Who cares if it's a lie. It's the one wish that should be granted.

David Corpus
David Corpus

What's her track record regarding rational decision making?

Saracat
Saracat

Omg When did this gappen? I genuinely liked and respected Jeff. RIP to a decent man

notaniceusername
notaniceusername

how did the tax payers lose 2 million ? i am not for or against jodi arias but i am sure the tv coverage earned a few millions for the channels if those coverage rights were billed appropriately then all her expenses should be covered and there should be a surplus of it still left.

ger52749
ger52749

I guess if you would have told Babeu that there was cock up there, he would sure speed up things.  LOSERS AT PINAL CO should be fired

ger52749
ger52749

I guess if you would have told Babeu that there was cock up there, he would sure speed up things.  LOSERS AT PINAL CO should be fired

mandymarie7835
mandymarie7835

@bettylou Yep Mormons and Jews you can count on them to pervert justice and steal the money. All of them= going to hell along with all the gay losers here. They don't really have any power. I pity them all. They have nothing.

bettylou
bettylou

@JoeArpaioFan no wonder you like are one of jokes fans , just as barbaric.

sign petition recall the s o b !!!

HermanBernstein
HermanBernstein

@JoeArpaioFan have you found a job yet ya lazy "BUM"..........................LOL

 
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