Jodi Arias Will Represent Herself At Death Penalty Trial

When we last checked in on the Jodi Arias case back in March, we learned that her retrial would begin on Sept. 8.

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.

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Photo: AP/Matt York, File

  • Linda Kreager

    Hope she looses.

  • Karl N Karissa Crofts

    Bitch should have been sentenced to death last year!!

  • Ian Pilkington

    She’s a woman, no chance of getting the needle…

    • Karl N Karissa Crofts

      Not true, plenty of women get death penalty, however I do see your point. It’s harder for women to get death than it is for a man, but it sure as hell isn’t right. Women can be just as disturbed as a man

      • Ian Pilkington

        Your correct in what you said 100%, But the DP is just as Sexist as it is racist, She may get it, but i doubt it’ll be carried out. Who was the last woman executed down there, Kimberly something in Texas? And that was a while ago. Women’s executions are pretty scarce

  • Phylsingleton Phylsingleton

    I watched this disgusting person during her trial. He plea not to get the death penalty is because she can do so much for the prison sytem. I hope she fries.

  • disqus_94zqI9vCvB

    THIS BROAD needs some SERIOUS professional help. Is she that stupid or does she thinks she can flirt with EVERY juror & get LIFE instead of the death penalty

  • Pupito4u

    FREE JODI! Her only real sin was in dating a punk!

    • Karl N Karissa Crofts

      You’re an idiot, she annoyed to horribly killing him, punk or not, and you think she should be freed? Go to hell with her idiot

    • Lee C

      You’re as sick as hodi

  • Guest

    Roastbeef curtains

  • Lori Severo Grigg

    how in the hell would they let that bitch out of prison after what she did to that guy that she was with I can’t believe this system they need to go ahead and get help