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Originally posted 06/01/2014 08:15AM
A judge denied a motion from Jodi Arias's defense team this week to have the death penalty removed as a sentencing option for the woman whose murder trial became an international sensation.
Originally posted 06/22/2013 05:00PM
She doesn't boil a pet bunny. But Jodi Arias displays wicked knife technique in a new Lifetime movie that could have just as well been titled, Fatal Attraction for Cable News.
Premiering Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret is a ripped-from-cable-news saga of a woman scorned who last month was found guilty of killing her former lover, motivational speaker Travis Alexander. On June 4, 2008, Arias stabbed and slashed him nearly 30 times, slit his throat and shot him in the head in what prosecutors said was jealous rage, and what Arias unpersuasively argued was self-defense, when, according to her, he attacked her.
But you know all that.
Dirty Little Secret unearths no secrets, dirty or otherwise. Every sordid detail, it seems, has been trumpeted for years by the media, then recycled for months during Arias' trial in Phoenix that got blanket coverage on TV and in particular on cable's HLN, vaulting that network to record ratings.
Now comes the inevitable made-for-TV film. Portraying what led up to the crime, it's tucked handily between the May verdict for the murder trial and the July retrial in the life-or-death-penalty phase.
The big surprise: Dirty Little Secret is a pretty good film. It's a draw-you-in, sudsy melodrama stocked with guilty pleasures: romance, sex, obsession, betrayal and vengeance.
Originally posted 05/23/2013 07:55PM
A Phoenix jury on Thursday declared that it could not agree on whether to recommend death or life in prison for Jodi Arias for the 2008 slaying her lover, Travis Alexander.
Arias, dressed in black, tearfully held her hand to her face as the jury's decision was read and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens set a June 20 hearing to prepare for a penalty-phase retrial that could start July 18.
The mistrial does not undermine the jury's first-degree murder conviction. But a new jury, very possibly in a different city, will be asked to hear testimony only on the issue of penalty – unless the prosecution decides to offer Arias a plea deal of life. The prosecution announced after the verdict that it will weigh its options.
Originally posted 05/21/2013 02:45PM
In a complete reversal, Jodi Arias addressed the jury on Tuesday and urged them to sentence her to life in prison so her family doesn't have to suffer any more.
"I've made public statements that preferred the death penalty. I lacked perspective," Arias, dressed in black, said in the Phoenix courtroom.
"I can't in good conscience ask you to send me to death because of them," Arias said as she pointed to her parents and her baby sister, Angela, who now has a daughter of her own (Arias says she has only met the child from behind heavy glass). "That would be tantamount to suicide ... Please, please don't do that to them. I want everyone's healing to begin and for their pain to stop."
Originally posted 05/16/2013 06:50PM
Jurors deciding the fate of convicted murderer Jodi Arias were brought to tears Thursday, visibly shaken by dramatic statements from the victim's family members as they described how their lives were ripped apart by the killing.
Alexander's sister Samantha described for the panel how their grandmother, who raised the victim, saw her health fail and died around the time of jury selection.
"Travis was the glue in our family," Samantha said. She also recalled her brother's charisma, sense of humor, insight and "huge smile."
Originally posted 05/15/2013 06:15PM
Jodi Arias is one step closer to execution.
The jury that convicted her last week of first-degree murder found on Tuesday that prosecutors proved "extreme cruelty" in the killing of Travis Alexander.
Arias stared blankly as the jury's decision was announced.
With this legal hurdle met, the Phoenix jury will now hear further testimony over whether Arias, 32, should be executed for the murder five years ago.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 08:40PM
Minutes after a jury convicted her Wednesday of first-degree murder for killing her lover, Jodi Arias said she'd rather be executed than spend the rest of her life behind bars.
"I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather have my freedom as soon as I can get it," Arias, 32, tells FOX10 in Phoenix.
Arias explains that, since she is not a smoker and longevity runs in her family, she could expect many years in prison if she got a life term.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 04:50PM
Nearly five years after she admittedly killed her lover Travis Alexander, Jodi Arias was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder.
Arias showed little emotion when the verdict was read by the clerk. She licked her lips and appeared glum. As jurors were polled, each affirming the guilty verdict, she seemed to grow increasing upset, fighting back tears.
Outside the Arizona courtroom, the gathered crowd cheered. Alexander's family hugged each other after the verdict was read.
The trial will now enter a penalty phase, with additional testimony and arguments, to determine whether Arias should get life in prison or the death penalty.
Originally posted 05/08/2013 04:10PM
Originally posted 05/02/2013 07:00PM
Closing arguments haven't even wrapped up yet, and already Hollywood has its Jodi Arias – Lost actress Tania Raymonde, who shows off her transformation into the notorious murder defendant.
Raymonde, 25, stars opposite Jesse Lee Soffer (playing lover-victim Travis Alexander) in Lifetime's Dirty Little Secret, which is still being written as real-life events unfold.
In a sensational case featuring graphic testimony about kinky sex and violence, Arias, 32, has been on trial in an Arizona court for allegedly stabbing Alexander 27 times in a shower in 2008. If convicted, she faces the death penalty.
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