As that date draws closer and closer, a new development has unfolded in Arias’ legal approach. Instead of allowing defense lawyers to plead her case, Arias will represent herself. The request was approved by a judge on Monday and means it’s up to the 34-year-old convicted murderer—who has no legal experience, college degree or high-school diploma—to convince a jury not to sentence her to death for the 2008 stabbing and shooting of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
It’s a tall order, says San Francisco-based defense attorney Daniel Horowitz, but not entirely impossible. “If she can get just one juror to bond with her on some level, even if they hate her, they’re getting to know her, and it’s harder to kill someone you know,” he explained to ABC News.
Arias reportedly clashed with her defense team throughout her hugely publicized trial and even tried to fire them a few times.
A predictable decision for a suspect who’s been accused of basking in the spotlight? Certainly. But unlike the initial trial, this second phase won’t be broadcast live on TV and, as ruled by the judge, footage will be unavailable for usage until after a verdict is reached.
If a new jury fails to reach a unanimous decision, the death penalty will be removed from consideration and the judge will sentence Arias to life behind bars with the possibility of release after 25 years.
Stay tuned for more updates.
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