Arizona Supreme Court declines to review Jodi Arias’ murder conviction
Nov 5, 2020, 4:35 AM
(Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to review Jodi Arias’ murder conviction in the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend.
The state’s highest court on Tuesday denied Arias’ request for review without providing an explanation for the decision.
Seven months ago, the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld her conviction and life prison sentence in the death of Travis Alexander, concluding the conviction was based on overwhelming evidence of her guilt, not on acts of misconduct by Juan Martinez, the prosecutor who won the conviction.
Prosecutors said Arias attacked Alexander in a jealous rage at his home in Mesa after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman. Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her.
The case turned into a media circus as salacious and violent details about Arias and Alexander were broadcast live around the world.
This summer, Martinez agreed to be disbarred in an ethics case in which he was accused of leaking the identity of an Arias juror and sexually harassing female law clerks in his office. Even though he gave up his law license, Martinez still disputed the allegations.