Today Juan Martinez will present his case for the death penalty in the trial of Jodi Arias. Because the jury found Arias guilty of first degree murder yesterday, under Arizona law there will now be a sentencing phase that occurs in two parts. First Juan will present the aggravating factors in case. He will be trying to prove to the jury specifically that, ” The defendant committed the offense in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner.” While there are several other factors that could be considered in determining aggravating factors, as I understand it, this is the one that in this case was used to bring the death penalty into play to start with and this is the aggravating factor that Juan will be arguing. He is expected to do this be recalling Dr. Horne back to the stand where he will likely go into gruesome detail about each and every wound that Travis suffered. He will also repeat his usual refrain regarding killing Travis in three ways.
The jury will deliberate after this phase, and if and only if Juan is successful in proving the aggravating factor, then the defense will begin the mitigation phase. That is when the lady who has been sitting directly behind the defense the entire trial will come into play. She is the mitigation specialist. This phase will most likely happen next week and take a few more days. This phase will attempt to show just cause why Arias’s life is worth saving. I can hardly wait to hear what that will entail. I suppose her mother will take the stand. We can talk about that next week.
A special shoutout to Puravidacostarica for recapping the Jodi interview that I slept through and am going to try to catch up on now. I really appreciate all of your comments yesterday as I had a constellation of minor health issues that all descended at once and knocked me out. Wouldn’t you know… on the day of the verdict.