Jodi Arias was wearing shackles and prison stripes when she returned to court today for a hearing on her sentencing retrial. A new jury will decide whether she will get the death sentence or life behind bars. Her lawyers filed motions today requesting access to prospective jurors' Twitter accounts. They also want to limit or ban live TV coverage. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos weigh in.
Jodi Arias spoke with Phoenix television station KSAZ minutes after the jurors announced their guilty verdict. She says the outcome was unexpected. Arias still claims that she killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in self-defense.
When asked about the possibility of being executed, Arias told the reporter she prefers that end rather than living out her days behind bars.
"The worst outcome for me would be natural life. I would much rather die sooner than later ... I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life, and that still is true today. I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it," she said.
Programming note: Anderson Cooper discusses the next phase of the Jodi Arias trial with Jose Baez, Mark Geragos, Jeffrey Toobin and Marcia Clark at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.
An Arizona jury Wednesday found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008. The conviction means Arias could face the death penalty. In the next phase of the case, prosecutors will have a chance to present additional evidence and jurors will decide whether Alexander's death was caused in a cruel manner.
Video of Jodi Arias minutes before she was charged in 2008 shows her singing, talking to herself and doing a handstand. Anderson Cooper talks with "In Session" Correspondent Jean Casarez about the strange behavior caught on tape.
Editor’s note: Tune in at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for all the latest twists and turns in the Jodi Arias trial from Randi Kaye, and analysis from Jeffrey Toobin, Nancy Grace, and Mark Geragos.
It’s a momentous day in the Jodi Arias trial. Arias is answering questions from the jurors - the men and women who will decide if she lives or dies for the 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The questions were written on pieces of paper and given to Judge Sherry Stephens, who’s reading them to the defendant. The topics cover everything from her relationship with her parents to what happened the night she says she killed Alexander in self-defense. Here’s the AC360 411 break down of the trial:
Jurors asked Jodi Arias if she would have come clean about killing Travis Alexander if she hadn't been caught lying. It wasn't until two years after she killed her ex-boyfriend in 2008 that she claimed self-defense. At that point, she had already changed her story more than once.
On day 30 of the trial, the judge continued to read questions from the jury about the evidence and sexual activities of the defendant. They also wanted her to answer why, after so many lies, they should believe her story of self-defense. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.
The jurors were allowed to ask Jodi Arias their questions during the trial, and they covered a wide range of topics from the camera, the gun, the knife, her failed memory, and more. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.
Jeffrey Toobin and Mark Geragos discuss juror mentality in the Jodi Arias trial and the state rule that lets them question her.
What type of relationship did accused murderer Jodi Arias have with Travis Alexander, the ex-boyfriend she killed? CNN's Randi Kaye reports on a case of passion gone wrong.
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