Jodi Arias threatened to kill the prosecutor who was leading a murder charge against her, a former cellmate now claims.
Cassandra Collins, who shared a jail cell with Aria,s said that Arias was obsessed with prosecutor Juan Martinez. Collins claimed that Arias said she would take out a mafia-style hit on Martinez, saying she would cut the man’s throat if she was sentenced to death.
It seemed almost as if Jodi Arias wanted Martinez to show her approval, Collins claims.
Along with the claim, Collins also told the station that Arias’ had an obsession with Martinez.
“She asked me questions like ‘why doesn’t Juan Martinez love me?’ And I’m like, love you? He’s your prosecutor, he’s there to prosecute you for a crime,” Collins told Fox10 News.
Collins added that Arias was incredibly controlling.
“[Jodi] tried to manipulate every inmate there and tries to control how they think about her case,” Collins told the station. “She’ll try to suffocate you with her version and her side. When I got released out, I was like thank you God I got delivered out of hell.”
Earlier this year Arias was convicted of murdering boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. Prosecutors claimed that Arias was jilted when Alexander broke off a relationship to begin dating another woman. Arias then plotted to kill Alexander after sleeping with him, initially claiming that he was killed by intruders but later saying she did it in self defense.
While she has trouble in the court room, Jodi Arias is also facing financial challenges. She recently took up an online collection to pay for her bills, directing fans to the website Justice4jodi.com and encouraging them to pitch in for her legal fees.
The site read:
“This trust is for payment of the beneficiary’s legal expenses related to the appeals of her pending criminal case, including without limitation; attorney fees, investigator fees, expert-witness fees, transcript and filing fees. Please note: any donations made are not tax-deductible.”
Jodi Arias could now face more trouble for her death threats against prosecutor Juan Martinez. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office says it is investigating Collins’ claims.