Carry on the conversation.
Last week we left off believing the two witnesses for Jodi’s character would be Darryl Brewer and childhood friend. Patti Womack. Patti has a history of drug and alcohol abuse.
After a long time in chambers with Brewer and Womack, court was abruptly halted for the day.
Now we come to find out Womack will NOT be witness. Nurmi filed a motion on Sunday claiming Womack is withdrawing after receiving death threats – much like Alyce LaViolette??? Sounds like a whole lotta smoke being blown!!!
The real question is, when Arias speaks to the jury will Judge Stephens have the good sense to limit her ramblings!
10:10 defense team in chambers…surprise!
Nurmi…oh good lord he’s back on the motions that the jury wasn’t sequestered and Juan misconduct and witness intimidation. The court has done nothing to protect Ms. Arias’ rights.
Reinforced tin foil hat, doubled barf bags, and heavy-duty hip-waders donned!
Juan asks why Ms. Womack isn’t in court. I asked her questions bout her drug use and she refused to answered. I asked about pictures of her and Ms. Arias and she asked to leave the room.
Nurmi and Willmott went with her. They are not her attorneys and appeared to have advised Ms. Womack.
Juan indicates the Womack sold her wedding pics and video to HLN for money!
Nurmi says the prosecutor said things that are not true and it’s bluster!
Nurmi is slamming the court for the way things have been handled!
OMG, this is pitiful!
Stephens rules the mistrial is not accepted and pretty much says shut-up and sit down!
Nurmi and asks that he and Willmott withdraw from the case. We cannot meet the standard of being able to represent the client.
Nurmi now says the defense will not be calling any witnesses! Not calling witnesses opens the door on appeal for Jodi to claim ineffective counsel!
Wow, everybody back to chambers!
Jodi’s the leader of this sad little band and she’s screwed herself.
10:54, still in chambers…
Back at 10:58….
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Defense and #JodiArias just came back into courtroom. They don’t look extremely happy. We might resume shortly. Judge is here.
Jodi will speak tomorrow.
Damnit! Court adjourned till 9:30 tomorrow!
The Alexander’s look like they are ready to jump out of their skin.
This is so wrong to do to the family, the court, and the public!
I am beyond pissed!!!
Play here till tomorrow’s blog.
Discussion continues here.
Well there was a closed hearing and the records are sealed, but seems Nurmi and Willmott asked to withdraw because Jodi will not follow their advice. Needless to say, Judge Stephens denied the request and opinion is, they had to get it on record. Pretty much, Jodi has shot her chance for appeal!
Judge Stephens reads instructions to the jury about LWOP or death and what mitigation proof is.
Nurmi looks bored out his mind, Willmott scribbling notes.
The verdict you reach will decide if the defendant spends the rest of her life in prison.
Objection, improper argument…
The decision before you is life vs. death. What you decide is binding.
Each and every one of you has to make your own moral assessment of what sentence is correct.
You don’t have to agree on the mitigating factors.
Jodi is doing her hardest to look pathetic.
You are not to act as an advocate. You are charged to look at the 8 mitigating factors being presented. They are flawed.
The factor that Ms. Arias was only 27 doesn’t take away from the fact she stuck a knife into Mr. Alexander’s chest.
Where is the connection, how is that important.
She lacked support her own family…there’s nothing to connect to the murder.
Do you remember she took the stand and lied to you?
Grrrrr, Nurmi is objecting after every statement Juan makes!
She lacked support of her family. Her mother is here!
She suffered abuse. You never saw any evidence that was true, only what came out of her mouth.
All of the factors are from the defendant.
Juan done after shredding the mitigating factors.
Jury sent to the jury room for 5 minutes…
Nurmi asks to approach, yet again!
1. Defendant was 27 years old at the time of the offense.
2. Defendant has no prior criminal history.
3. Defendant was a good friend.
4. Defendant lacked support from her family.
5. Defendant suffered abuse and neglect as a child and as an adult.
6. Defendant tried to make the best of her life.
7. Defendant consistently tried to improve herself.
8. She is a talented artist.
1. Defendant was 27 years old at the time of the offense. And still hadn’t gotten her GED.
2. Defendant has no prior criminal history. Unless you count that marijuana incident when she was 14.
3. Defendant was a good friend. All those gals with whom she attended high school prior to dropping out and the guys she dated. Remember, she always stayed friends with them.
4. Defendant lacked support from her family. That she ran away from at 17 going on 18. Which she refused to allow to visit her home where she lived with Darryl because she didn’t want them to snoop through her things.
5. Defendant suffered abuse and neglect as a child and as an adult. Yep, the wooden spoon and dad’s belt. Oh, and let’s not forget Travis!
6. Defendant tried to make the best of her life. Gave up on PPL after earning about $5000 over two months. Well, she did get her GED in jail.
7. Defendant consistently tried to improve herself. She kept looking for a more prosperous person to take care of her. She read The Secret and all about Wicca.
8. She is a talented artist. As long as she traces magazine ads and colors them in.
Victim statements being read!
I am weeping though this.
I thought my big brother was bulletproof. He was unbreakable.
Why would somebody do this to him?
How much did he suffer?
What was the last thing he saw?
What was the last thought in his head?
The last time I saw him was Christmas 2007.
He got to meet my daughter and hold her for the first time.
I have dreams of my brother stuffed in that shower and left to rot.
I was hospitalized several times. I couldn’t be a husband to my wife. We separated for two years.
Travis was meant to do so much more. He never got to live his dreams.
Travis had a destiny and it’s up to us to maintain it.
Travis was so brutally ripped out of this world.
My family has been tortured by the loss of our brother.
We lost our father and shortly after our mother. Travis was our strength.
Losing Travis has affected the health of our family. Travis was our strength.
Travis motivated us.
Every day will never be the same.
I am totally destroyed by this.
Our family and the world will never get to see his goodness.
When I found out about Travis’ death, I remember my ears ringing and my stomach burning.
To this day, my mind paints a picture of what happened.
We have paid the ultimate price in losing Travis.
Travis was the glue in our family.
We were robbed of so many good memories.
We would give anything to have him back, anything.
Well that did me in…the family’s pain is palpable!
Noon recess called…
The freakin murderer is playing at the fake tears!
Hey, with that huge cross hanging off her neck, is the mitigation specialist warding off vampires or Jodi????
Something ain’t right that they are all in chambers this long! Don’t have a good feeling ’bout this! Gut, we are done for today!
The fracture between Arias and her attorneys is beyond apparent! She’s dead meat! And the judge still can’t gain control!!!
6pm EDT, They are clearing the courtroom for everyone except family.
Too bad for Stephens, this is her first murder case she was assigned…think it’s a career killer!
Court resumes at (snort, snort…c’mon already…sheesh) 6:30 EDT…eyeroll!
Court called till 10 am PT. Monday… freakin knew it!
Twice, Jodi has passed papers backwards today!
What a trial nightmare! Arias, Christian/Newsom and OJ all at the same time! I’m tied up with Christian/Newsom, no time for OJ…will watch video later and my bestest buddy in crime graciously picked-up the slack for me in the Arias case.
The following entry is from ritanita, and very much appreciated! Go ritanita!!!
Last time we saw Jodi in court, she was busy receiving her 1st degree murder verdict. Since then, she’s been a regular whirlwind.
Let’s see, she gave an interview to her fave reporter, was shipped off to the psych ward for suicide watch, and is now housed in her home base, the Estrella jail. She’s in a little cell in a new pod with the worst of the worst Estrella has to offer. Shackles and belly chains are the order of the day. I wonder if she’s missing her old buddies from the regular pod?
Meanwhile, she and her attorneys have had a couple of closed hearings with Judge Stephens. Two members of the Alexander family attended a hearing along with Martinez and Flores as well.
Judge Stevens has put the kibosh on any future media interviews for the time being.
The mystery today will be whether she goes through the aggravation phase or decides to cop a plea to LWOP. Oh, the drama!
I’ve spent the last couple of hours hanging around my computer waiting. At 5:56 EDT, it was announced that a verdict had been reached after about 1 1/2 hours of deliberation. This has been a terrible day for the family. Every bit of Martinez’s’ case entailed graphic pictures left up on the screen for a long time as he questioned Dr. Horn.
Considering the defense put up some very weak arguments and had nary one witness, I was surprised it took the jury so long. Then, I thought again; this is a thoughtful jury. I’m sure that they gave aggravation meticulous attention.
Judge Stephens takes the bench at 6:06 EDT. The procedure for reading the jury’s decision is the same as for any other verdict.
The jury found that the aggravating factor, ESPECIALLY CRUEL has been PROVEN! The entire procedure took about 3 minutes.
Tomorrow morning, at 10:30 (3:30 EDT), the jury will return to decide the mitigating factors and decide on live or death.