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Arizona appeals court ends bid for freedom by Jodi Arias, 39 – upholds conviction and life sentence for 2008 savage murder of her boyfriend, but slams lead prosecutor’s ‘bullying behavior’ during trial

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Jodi Arias, 39, Arias, is serving a life sentence for her first-degree murder conviction in the 2008 death of Travis Alexander at his home in Mesa 
The Arizona appeals court upheld her 2013 conviction and 2015, life sentence for murdering her boyfriend – in a fit of jealousy
While slamming the lead prosecutor for his ‘bullying behavior’ during trial, agreed with defense argument that egregious prosecutorial misconduct did not outweigh Arias’ guilt 
Judges noted that prosecutor Juan Martinez engaged in self-promotion during trial and acted like bully while questioning witnesses 
After years of denial Arias had admitted to killing Alexander but claimed she acted in self-defense after he attacked her
The victim was stabbed nearly 30 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the head 
Prosecutors have said Arias violently attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman
Jodi Arias 4Arias, seen [left], in court during her trial in 2015, is serving a life sentence for her first-degree murder conviction in the 2008 death of Travis Alexander at his home in Mesa, Arizona 

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Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias 6Jodi Arias, [right], has acknowledged killing her estranged boyfriend Alexander [left], in a savage attack inside his home, but claimed she acted in self-defense after he attacked her

‘We conclude that Arias was convicted based upon the overwhelming evidence of her guilt, not as a result of prosecutorial misconduct,’ the ruling said.
However, it noted ‘an egregious case of misconduct by a highly experienced prosecutor’ who ‘improperly engaged in self-promoting conduct.’
The panel condemned Martinez’s ‘argumentative phrasing of questions’ to defense witnesses, adding that his ‘aggressive tone and combative, bullying behavior’ were recurring issues in the trial and Arias’ attorneys moved for a mistrial six times.
‘We strongly disapprove of his actions, we are compelled to follow the well-established principle that we do not “reverse convictions merely to punish a prosecutor’s misdeeds.”‘

‘I am pleased with the court’s decision to affirm the conviction of someone who committed a brutal murder,’ Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said in a statement to The Arizona Republic. 
Arias, 39, was convicted of killing ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander at his home in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. Prosecutors have said Arias violently attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.
Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed she acted in self-defense after he attacked her. He was stabbed nearly 30 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the head.

Jodi Arias 4Prosecutors have said Arias [photo], violently attacked Alexander in a jealous rage after he wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman

In their 29-page opinion the Judges cited how the lower court allowed a livestream of the trial to be broadcast and alleged that media coverage influenced the jury.
Arias’ lawyers claimed the trial had a “carnival-like atmosphere” and argued to the Court of Appeals that publicity during the trial — but not before — contributed to her conviction.
However, the judges noted Arias’ own interactions with the media. They listed at least three times when she conducted interviews during oral arguments.

Crime scene photo at Jodi Arias murder trial 2Blood Evidence: Grisly crime scene photos like this one were released to the public and shown on TV. After holding out for years Arias finally recanted and admitted to the killing. In the face of  a mountain of evidence, Arias acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her
Crime scene photo at Jodi Arias murder trialCrime of passion:  A photo of the pool of blood is seen in the shower inside the victim’s home was shown to jurors during the trial. Travis Alexander was stabbed nearly 30 times. Hi was shot and had his throat slashed 

The guilt phase of Arias’ trial ended in 2013 with jurors convicting her of murder but deadlocking on punishment. A second sentencing trial ended in early 2015 with another jury deadlock, leading a judge to sentence Arias to life.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office moved to fire Martinez earlier this year after suspending him. He was accused of leaking a juror’s name in the Arias case to a blogger and then lying about it, and he also has faced multiple claims of sexual harassment, which he has denied.
But the dismissal was stayed pending his appeal under civil service protections. Martinez has been a county prosecutor for 30 years.

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