Jodi Arias Trial Update: Jury Selected For Sentencing Retrial
Jodi Arias, who was convicted last year of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, will soon stand for a sentencing retrial.
Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial
Before Arias’ sentencing trial can get underway, a new jury must be selected Monday. During the initial sentencing trial, the jury did not come to a unanimous decision to sentence Arias to death. As a result, a second sentencing trial with a new jury had to be arranged. If the second jury also fails to unanimously decide to give Arias the death penalty, it will be up to the judge to either sentence Arias to life in prison or the opportunity for release after 25 years behind bars.
In total, at least 300 potential jurors will be called and considered to fill in a spot on the jury. Due to the high-profile nature of Arias’ case, it won’t be easy to find people who are unfamiliar, or at the very least, undecided about Arias. Since Arias’ trial saturated the media last year, those selecting jurors will be more concerned about whether or not the panelists are active court watchers or merely individuals who came across the story in their routine media consumption.
Unlike the initial trial last year, the sentencing retrial will not be broadcast live. While cameras will be recording the proceedings, the footage will not be made available until after the verdict is reached. Judge Sherry Stephens, aware of Arias’ attorney’s claims that the live broadcasts led to threats against the lawyers and their witnesses, opted to exercise caution for the retrial.
Arias was found guilty in May 2013 of first-degree murder in the slaying of Alexander in June 2008. His wounds included a slit throat, 30 stab wounds and a gunshot to the head.
Arias’ sentencing retrial is expected to stretch into December.