Jodi Arias Trial Live Stream: Arias Speaks To The Jury Tuesday, May 21 [VIDEO]
The Jodi Arias trial continues Tuesday, May 21. The Monday proceedings stopped abruptly when Patricia Womack, a key witness asked to speak on behalf of Jodi Arias, chose not to deliver her testimony when she received a number death threats.
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Arias' attorneys asked for a mistrial, but Judge Sherry Stephens denied the request. As Womack was not present at the courtroom, Stephens said she could not determine why Womack would not testify. When defense attorney Kirk Nurmi and co-counsel Jennifer Willmott requested to drop out of the case, Stephens refused again. Eventually, the trial was adjourned and rescheduled for Tuesday.
Defense attorney Nurmi will prepare Jodi Arias to speak before the jury on Tuesday. While it is unclear what Jodi Arias will say, an interview after her conviction revealed she would rather receive the death penalty than endure life in prison.
The other mitigation witness for Jodi Arias is former boyfriend Darryl Brewer. While Brewer did not get an opportunity to speak before the courtroom on Monday, Brewer did speak with The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV.
"My biggest goal in talking now is because I didn't get to talk today," Darryl Brewer said to the media. "I wanted to speak on behalf of my family, to show we're not a bunch of chumps who lived with a homicidal maniac."
Jodi Arias' relationship with Brewer was close, and they lived together for a year and a half. Brewer described Jodi Arias: "She was loving and kind. She was like an aunt to my son."
However, Brewer described Arias today as "unrecognizable to me now."
The jury is responsible of deliberating over mitigating factors during the Monday trials and upcoming Tuesday trials. Judge Stephens advised the jury to consider Arias' lack of criminal record prior to the incident as well as assertions that she was a good friend and endured an abusive childhood.
Arizona law requires the jury to reach a unanimous decision on the sentence. The panel will be dismissed if a unanimous decision isn't made. If a second panel is unable to reach a unanimous decision, then the final sentence will be up to the judge to decide.
If sentenced to death, Jodi Arias will be the third woman ever to be executed in the state of Arizona.
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