The Jodi Arias trial hit an expected turn today after the convicted murderer’s defense lawyers asked for a mistrial and permission to withdraw from the case. On May 8th, Arias, 32, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in his home in Arizona. During the trial, she eventually admitted to shooting him in the face, stabbing him more than 20 times and then slitting his throat ear to ear. She claimed her violent behavior was a result of self-defense.
Now she may face the death penalty, but before the court could determine her punishment, her attorney, Kirk Nurmi, cited prosecutorial misconduct and requested to be removed from the case. Arias’ childhood friend, Patricia Womack, was set to testify on Arias' behalf, but later could not face the court. “Miss Womack feels her life is being threatened to an extent she cannot come forward and testify. This is unacceptable," said Nurmi, according to the LA Times. However, the judge denied his request.
Right after the verdict was read, Arias gave an exclusive interview to Fox affiliate KSAZ in which she admitted to preferring the death penalty over life in prison. “Well, the worst outcome for me would be natural life. I would much rather die sooner than later,” said Arias, “Longevity runs in my family, and I don't want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place. You know, I'm pretty healthy. I don't smoke. And I probably would live a long time, so that's not something I'm looking forward to.”
Arias is set to testify in her penalty phase of the trial.