Jodi Arias To Address Jury Before They Decide Her Fate
Jodi Arias, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of her boyfriend Travis Alexander earlier in the month, will address the jury that will decide her sentencing on Tuesday.
After the jury found her guilty of first-degree murder, they also ruled that her murder of Alexander, which included nearly 30 stab wounds, was “exceptionally cruel.” She had also shot him in the face and slit his throat from ear to ear.
By stating that Arias’s murder was “exceptionally cruel,” the jury established that she is eligible for the death penalty. In order for Arias to be officially sentenced with the death penalty, the jury’s decision would have to be unanimous. If after deliberations it appears as though the jury is in a deadlock, a new jury can be selected for the sentencing phase of the trial.
If the jury declines to sentence Arias to the death penalty, Judge Sherry Stephens will decide whether to sentence Arias to life in prison without the possibility of parole, or life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years behind bars.
Arias, who will give her statement to the jury at 12:30 p.m. ET today, declared that she would find life behind bars unbearable in an interview immediately after her conviction. "I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life, and that still is true today," she told Phoenix television station KSAZ. "I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it."