The bombshell murder trial for Jodi Arias is finally heading towards a dramatic conclusion following two months of explosive testimony, and with her life literally on the line, tensions could not be higher for the defendant.
If the jury unanimously decides that the 32-year-old is guilty of the first-degree murder of Travis Alexander, they could then make her the fourth woman on death row in Arizona, and RadarOnline.com is taking a look at what the future could hold for her.
Following a potential murder one verdict, the next step is called the ‘aggravation phase’ where the prosecution has the chance to present additional evidence that the death was caused in a cruel manner, according to HLNTV.com. Arizona law defines that as when the victim suffers physical pain or mental anguish and the defendant knew or should have known that the victim would suffer.
Once a decision of cruelty is made, then the jury deliberates for a third time over life or death – if that is unanimous in favor of execution, Jodi will then be immediately sent to death row, most likely in the Lumley Unit at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Perryville in Goodyear, Arizona.
Even after execution is green-lit, convicted prisoners typically go through a lengthy appeals process that can take years – and sometimes even decades – with stays sometimes being made within hours of the defendant’s scheduled death.
Dead men and women walking were once able to choose their mode of execution in Arizona, but now the state has adopted a single-drug method involving a lethal dose of an anesthetic, and full viewing of the grisly process is open to the victim’s family and news media.
Arizona is currently the second busiest state (after Texas) in America when it comes to executions, with six convicts being sent to their deaths in 2012 – all of them male.