Jodi Arias, convicted killer of former lover Travis Alexander, is set to face a jury this week in a death penalty hearing.
Back in May 2013, Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the violent demise met by Alexander — prompting a flurry of media attention and no small measure of speculation in regards to the whys of the killing. Several hours of crime television programming have since been dedicated to the gory details of the case — and the inmate’s fate.
As for Arias’ death penalty risk, the case has been one with a number of surprises as it unfolds. Initially, Jodi claimed a lack of involvement, changing her story to one of self-defense under further scrutiny.
Arias’ gender could factor in to a jury’s willingness to put the convicted murderer to death, as women are far more likely to receive leniency in capital cases. However, the brutal nature of Alexander’s death and the manner in which Arias’ appeared to conceal her involvement without a semblance of guilt could work against the 33-year-old woman’s bid to receive a sentence of prison instead of execution.
According to the Associated Press, Jodi Arias may even be eligible for parole should she be spared death:
“Under state law, while her murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of putting on a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to secure a death sentence… If the second panel fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration. The judge then would sentence Arias to spend her life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years. The second penalty phase is set for September.”
Reportedly, the time Arias has spent waiting to learn her fate following her May 2013 conviction has been trying on the Arizona inmate.
Last month, The Inquisitr reported that Jodi has been suffering from health problems, and even exhibited some symptoms of possible paranoia — believing that she’d been infected with an illness, and that her cell may have been monitored by cameras.
Ultimately, as our earlier report indicated, Arias requested restraining orders against famed Arizona restraining order against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who often makes headlines for his stunts in Maricopa County. Arias further sought a legal injunction against news anchor Nancy Grace, who has been heavily covering the events in Arizona as the case progresses.
Also in play during this phase of Jodi Arias’ legal journey is evidence relating to mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa, who was later accused of “smuggling” a drawing done by Arias out of jail. The next hearing in the lengthy legal drama is set for Friday.