The defense team is at it again, Jodi Arias’ lawyer tried to have the case reviewed because he feels that the judge “improperly allowed prosecutors to seek a death sentence”. So, we all know my take on this and of you don’t you can get the gist of it in my piece about the Jodi Arias trial being far from over.
According to Arias’ lawyer, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens allowed for the potential death sentence to be based on contradictory testimony. However, in the state of Arizona, if you are convicted of murder and it is determined to be committed in a cruel way, in my opinion all murder is cruel, then you automatically qualify for the death penalty. Arias was convicted on May 8 in the murder of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, and it was determined shortly after that there were aggravated circumstances, which made Arias eligible for the death penalty.
The problem then came when the jury in the case was asked to determine whether or not they felt she deserved to spend the rest of her life in prison or die for her crime. The jury was deemed deadlocked after 13 hours of deliberating which took place over three days and could not come to a unanimous decision. The case will be retried in July with jury selections starting on the 18th.