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The State of AZ vs. Jodi Arias - Opening Statements Slated For 1/2/13

Opening statements are slated for January 2, 2013 in Jodi Arias's murder trial.  Arias has been held on $2,000,000 bail in the Estrella Jail in Maricopa County since September 5, 2008 when she was arrested and charged with the first degree murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.  Alexander was found dead in his Mesa Arizona home on June 9, 2008.

According to recorded information provided on a Maricopa County jail hotline, court proceedings will begin at 10:30AM at the Superior Court, Criminal Division on W. Jefferson in Phoenix, AZ on January 2, 2013 where jurors will hear opening statements.  The trial has had numerous delays, changes in defense attorneys, and three differing accounts given by Arias of what happened to Travis Alexander that fateful night in June of 2008.

At one point, Arias wished to act as her own attorney - one of the defense attorneys appointed to the case asked to be taken off the case. His/her request was granted.  Arias's new attorney has a tough road ah…

Jury Chosen in Jodi Arias Trial

"In Session" reported this morning that a jury has finally been chosen in the murder trial of The State of AZ vs. Jodi Arias.  There will be 12 jurors and 6 alternates. The jury pool is reportedly 11 men and 7 women, which the defense must be pleased with.  Arias doesn't look like your typical killer or inmate for that matter, and men may have a more difficult time believing the petite and demure looking Arias is physically capable of carrying out such a brutal attack.

Arias' defense team has been fighting to have footage from jailhouse interviews Jodi Arias gave to TV shows "48 Hours" and "Inside Edition" excluded from evidence.  The judge ruled against the defense's request.  In Session reported this morning that trial coverage will begin on January 7, 2013.  Travis Alexander's family and friends are anxious for their day in court, and it appears they will finally get it!

For a trial that has been referred to as "the biggest trial s…

Jodi Arias Trial Approaches

Travis Alexander was brutally murdered in his Mesa AZ home in early June of 2008.  His ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias was arrested and charged with first degree murder shortly thereafter.  It was a vicious scene. Alexander was a young man with his life ahead of him.  His friends and family describe him as a positive and larger than life guy who was a devout Mormon.

He had a successful career with Pre Paid Legal.  It was at a convention for the company where he would ultimately meet the young woman charged in his murder.  Arias, now 31 years old is a petite and soft spoken woman who doesn't fit what most of us envision a killer would look like.  But looks can be deceiving.  Alexander and Arias had a brief but intense relationship that only lasted months, but ended up costing him his life.

Mormons are strictly against having sexual relations until or unless you are married. Arias was so captivated by Travis Alexander that she learned all that she could about the Mormon faith. Several of Tr…

Choosing a Jury - AZ vs. Jodi Arias

This week, 375 potential jurors are being summoned to a Maricopa county courthouse in the case of The State of AZ vs. Jodi Arias.  Jury selection is expected to last approximately two weeks.  The first 75 potential jurors were given questionnaires Monday.

Attorneys will review the questionnaires and return to court on Monday, December 17th to begin the process of questioning potential jurors individually.  Opening statements are scheduled to begin on January 2, 2013.  Jodi Arias, now 31 years old, has been incarcerated in Maricopa County since her arrest in mid-2008.

After initially insisting she was innocent, Arias has given at least three versions of what happened to Travis Alexander the night he was killed in early June, 2008.  Her latest version claims she killed Alexander in self defense.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available!

Jury Selection Begins, AZ vs. Jodi Arias

After 4 1/2 years and many delays, the jury selection process has begun in the case of The State of AZ vs. Jodi Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander.  They estimate it will take two weeks to seat a jury, but after the delays we've seen leading up to this point, don't hold your breath!

Arias has been in custody since 2008, arrested and charged in the brutal murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.  Arias' defense team has argued that Arias killed Alexander in self defense, and further argue that Arias didn't plan to kill him and it should not be a death penalty case.  Travis Alexander was discovered dead in his bathroom on June 9, 2008.  He had been shot in the face, stabbed 27 times and his throat was slit.

Evidence left at the scene, as well as deleted photos recovered from a digital camera found at Alexander's home link Arias to the murder.  She initially denied having anything to do with the crime, even going as far as creating a makeshift photo memorial pa…

Jodi Arias Trial *Update*

Well the delays keep coming!   Although jury selection was supposed to begin in mid-November, the most recent information I can find gives a potential date of December 10, 2012.  According to HLN News, opening statements will begin on January 2, 2013.  Let's hope that Travis Alexander's family will get the justice they deserve in the new year!

I'm surprised there isn't more news on the internet about this trial, since they have called it the biggest trial since Casey Anthony's.  Speaking of Casey Anthony - we knew it was just a matter of time for a Lifetime movie to be made about the case.  Lifetime will be airing a movie based on the book written by prosecutor Jeff Ashton "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" in mid January of 2013.  Let's hope Ms. Anthony doesn't profit at all from this movie.  Stay tuned.....