Jodi Arias returned to court this past Monday shackled and wearing prison attire. She was led into the courtroom for a hearing that lasted less than 3 minutes. On May 8, she was found guilty of murdering Travis Alexander. She was also found guilty of committing this crime in a “cruel manner”, making her eligible for the death penalty by lethal injection in the state of Arizona.
Although the jury found her guilty of these crimes, they were unable to come to a unanimous conclusion on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or given the death penalty, resulting with a hung jury.
Many believed at the hearing Judge Sherry Stephens would set a date to begin the retrial of the penalty phase. But instead, Judge Stephens stated that due to motions filed by Arias’ defense team last week, the court was not prepared to set a trial date at this time. The pending motions are scheduled to be heard on September16.
A new jury will be seated for this phase of the trial. In Arizona the law states that the new jury will be able to consider all of the testimony as well as the entire record from the trial. Just how the jury will learn all of the details of the murder itself is still not clear, but will need to be agreed upon by the attorneys as well as the judge.
Maricopa County District Attorney’s public information officer, Jerry Cobb, told HLN that the new jury will be notified early in the proceeding that Arias was convicted of first degree murder. They will also learn that Arias committed the murder in a “cruel manner.” He said the attorneys may get a chance to present evidence, and the jurors may be given transcripts of previous testimony.
As reported by HLN, there is also a chance Arias could testify again during the new phase of the trial. She will also have the opportunity to give another statement to the jury that will not be subject to cross-examination.
During the guilt phase of the trial Arias was on the stand for 18 days. Some say being on the stand for that length of time did not necessarily do her any favor. Others disagree. Many people, including the jury, did not believe Jodi Arias’ tale was consistent or believable. They showed that with their first degree guilty verdict. She was also convicted of doing in a “cruel manner”. Travis Alexander was stabbed 27 times; his throat slit from ear to ear, and then shot him in the head.
If Arias does take the stand, will she be able to remember her version of the truth? Can she repeat all of the details she readily offered at the trial? Will she continue to blame the victim, Travis Alexander, for her heinous behavior? Does she think she can convince the new jurors that she should live?
Well, it is common knowledge that the truth never changes, therefore making it easier to remember.