Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The prosecution has completed its presentation of a summary of the evidence against Jodi Arias who was previously convicted by a jury of the premeditated murder of Travis Alexander, her former boyfriend, in a cruel, heinous, or depraved manner.
Arias is back in court for a new penalty phase hearing because that jury was unable to unanimously agree that she should be sentenced to death. The prosecution was unwilling to settle for a life-without-parole sentence, even though four jurors voted for it. Instead, they decided to try and convince another jury to sentence her to death.
Court is in recess today. Tomorrow, the defense will begin to present its mitigation case.
There is no television or livestream coverage of the retrial.
For particulars on the lurid details of this case, go here.
Frankly, I think this retrial is an aggravated waste of time and money. Arias will not be a danger to anyone in prison. Executing her is ridiculous.
DISCLOSURE: I am opposed to the death penalty in all cases, regardless of the circumstances.