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Life Sentence Upheld for Jodi Arias

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By A. Elise

In 2008, Jodi Arias was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Yesterday, the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld that conviction in spite of Arias' claims that she did not receive a fair trial.

Arias, who is 39, appealed her conviction and sentence on the grounds that media coverage of her case made the jury impartial. She also pointed to misconduct on the part of the prosecutor as a reason why she failed to receive a just trial.

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When Arias was sentenced to life, she claims that prosecutor Juan Martinez engaged in misconduct through hostile and aggressive behavior with witnesses.

In her original trial, Arias admitted that she shot Alexander. She argued at one time that she did so in self-defense, and she claimed that she did not remember continuing to attack him after the shooting. Her story changed several times, and people at home were able to keep up with the onfolding story via a televised courtroom trial.

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In response to Arias' request, the court claimed that the inmate is not entitled to a new trial. It also pointed to the amount of evidence used by the prosecution to point to her guilt. The appeals court declared that a reasonable jury would not have acquitted her in her original trial. They also declared there was sufficient evidence to suggest that Arias had planned the murder, so the first-degree murder sentence remained valid. The death sentence was initially on the table, but the jury opted for a life sentence, which Arias is currently serving.

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Alexander was 30 years old when he was killed by Arias. He had been stabbed, shot, and cut by Arias in the shower of his home in Mesa, Arizona. Arias was an early suspect in the case.

At the time of her sentencing, Arias said, "To this day, I can't believe that I was capable of doing something that terrible. I'm truly disgusted and repulsed with myself. I'm horrified because of what I did, and I wish there was some way I could take it back."

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Though the court did maintain Arias' conviction and upheld her sentence, it did condemn the behavior of prosecutor Juan Martinez. The court panel consisted of three people who described Martinez's conduct as "beneath the office he held." Martinez's time as a prosecutor also appears to be over. He was apparently fired last month.

Aria's lawyers described her initial trial as a media circus, it would appear that there is no way she will receive a new trial for the time being.

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