“We, the jury, find the defendant, Jodi Ann Arias……..????” Those words will resound in the courtroom and in many homes across countries all around the globe. Barring any unforseen mishaps and migraines, I am going to predict that 12 jurors will be chosen from the 10 men and 6 women to go foreward and start to deliberate on or before April 30th.
There will only be trial on three days this week, (if we are lucky) so I want to show you a video of where Jodi has spent most of the last five years and where she may be headed.
Prison: Estrella, Women’s Jail, Maricopa County, Phoenix, AZ.
The following video is Graphic!
(6) murder committed in an especially heinous, cruel or
In Arizona, the death penalty may only be imposed for first-degree premeditated or felony murder.
Although capital murder trials are similar to any other felony trial, there are some distinct differences. The trial of a capital case is divided into two separate proceedings. The first is the guilt phase of the trial, at which the prosecutor presents factual evidence as to the defendant’s guilt for the murder. The second phase is the sentencing proceeding, at which statutory aggravating circumstances is required to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. If that requirement is met, the aggravating circumstances are weighed against any mitigation evidence proffered on the defendant’s behalf.
Prior to August, 2002, sentencing was handled entirely by the trial judge without jury input. The prosecutor presented evidence regarding statutory aggravating circumstances and the defense presented evidence of mitigating circumstances. (The prosecutor could also present evidence of mitigation.) The trial court was also permitted to consider “victim impact” evidence. At the conclusion of the evidence, the trial judge issued a Special Verdict, detailing findings regarding aggravating and mitigating
circumstances, and setting forth the sentence to be imposed. With the enactment of Arizona’s new death penalty statute, the sentencing process now has two phases.
In the first phase, the prosecutor presents evidence relating to aggravating circumstances. If the jury that the State has not established at least one statutory aggravating circumstance, the defendant is no longer subject to the death penalty. The jury is dismissed and the trial judge decides the appropriate sentence. If the jury finds that there is at least one aggravating circumstance, the jury remains impaneled and considers any mitigating evidence presented by the defense or by the State, as
well as victim impact evidence. The jurors then decide whether to impose a death sentence, assessing whether the proffered mitigation is sufficiently substantial to warrant leniency.
In 1992, a constitutional amendment was passed by Arizona voters changing the method of execution from lethal gas to lethal injection. Prisoners sentenced before November 23, 1992, have the choice of lethal gas or lethal injection.
Death of Marcia Powell
Marcia Powell was a 48-year-old inmate who died May 20, 2009 after exposure to 107-degree temperatures for four hours in an outside cage at Goodyear’s Perryville Prison. Prison policy limits such outside confinement to a maximum of two hours. An autopsy report showed that Powell had first- and second-degree burns and a core body temperature of 108 degrees. She suffered burn blisters all over her body. The county medical examiner found the cause of death to be due to complications from heat exposure. According to a 3,000 page report released by the ADC, she pleaded to be taken back inside, but was ignored. She was also not allowed to use the restroom, and as a result, died in her own excrement. Prison administrators fired, suspended or disciplined 16 corrections employees over Powell’s death. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office chose not to prosecute Arizona Department of Corrections staff in her death, claiming that there was “insufficient evidence to go forward with a prosecution against any of the named individuals”.
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