ABC News said the prosecutor in the case, Juan Martinez, showed a photo of victim and ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander with his throat slit. Martinez reportedly said, “This is how much she loved him.” This was just a small portion of his 45 minute opening statement to a jury of 12 women, six men, ABC News said six of those are alternates.
Martinez wants the death penalty for the now 34-year-old killer. Although a jury could decide on her guilt, they could not come to a decision on what her final sentence should be.
Earlier this year, it was believed Arias would represent herself during this final phase, but at some point she must have had a change of heart and hired an attorney.
Kirk Nurmi, Arias defense, argued his client should not be put to death because she suffers and was diagnosed with “post-traumatic stress disorder” and “Borderline Personality Disorder” reports ABC News. Nurmi continued his 45 minutes in front of the jury with reportedly saying Arias is mentally ill and troubled and that this portion will be filled with X-rated text messages, sexually explicit photos and autopsy evidence.
Travis Alexander, an aspiring motivational speaker, was found murdered in his home in June 2008. Reports said he had been not only shot in the head, and his throat slit from ear to ear but he was also stabbed 29 times. On the sixth anniversary of Travis’ murder, a small group gathered to remember him reports AZ Central.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office told CNN a death penalty requires a unanimous vote by the 12 jurors. If for some reason the group cannot come to the unanimous decision of death, then CNN said Arias could get life without the possibility of release or life with the possibility of release after 25 calendar years.
This phase should last reportedly six weeks.
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