01:26 PM EDT 05/23/2013
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
Nearly five years after she admittedly killed her lover Travis Alexander, Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the sensational Arizona trial.
Watch how it went down – and how she reacted.
Arias, 32, was charged with first-degree capital murder in the killing of Alexander, who was shot and stabbed 27 times in his house. The trial, televised live on HLN, featured graphic testimony about their sex lives and brutal crime-scene photos.
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.
Originally posted 04/07/2013 10:50AM
Dr. Phil McGraw wants to make one thing perfectly clear – he's not paying for Jodi Arias's family's housing during her trial.
"Rumors that we're paying for Arias family house etc... are absolutely untrue," he Tweeted on Saturday night.
"I've never met the Arias family, and neither I, nor my ... production company – has paid or promised them anything. Robin and I are praying for the Alexander family," the message reads in full.
Originally posted 03/07/2013 05:30PM
Jurors this week pelted Jodi Arias with more than 200 questions indicating they're skeptical of her story she killed her lover in self-defense but can't remember much of it because it was so traumatic.
The grilling Wednesday and Thursday in the Phoenix courtroom is rarely seen in criminal trials; jurors usually sit quietly and are repeatedly admonished not to come to any conclusions or discuss the case.
But Arizona is one of three states that allow criminal juries to ask questions – the others are Colorado and Indiana. Attorneys review the questions, which are asked by the judge.
Originally posted 02/28/2013 04:00PM
After a month on the stand in which she showed little emotion, Jodi Arias broke down and cried uncontrollably in her Phoenix trial on Thursday.
The prosecutor was pushing her to recall how her lover Travis Alexander allegedly attacked her before she stabbed him 27 times and shot him in the head.
Although she has testified in detail about many events in their nearly two year, off-and-on relationship, the 32-year-old photographer says she killed Alexander in self defense after he attacked her for dropping his new camera – but that she blanks out when trying to recall the stabbing.
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