September 28, 2012

Victim's sister: Jodi Arias smiles at me in court

Posted: 12:55 PM ET

On Thursday, Jane Velez-Mitchell's panel discussed Jodi Arias' behavior in the court room. Arias is charged in the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Alexander's sister told In Session's Graham Winch that Arias smiles at her and her family in court.

Arias' trial is scheduled to start on November 19. She says she killed him in self-defense.

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June 22, 2012

Who is Jodi Arias?

Posted: 03:44 PM ET

In Session will cover the trial of AZ v Jodi Arias live when it starts October 17. Arias is on trial for murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander by allegedly shooting him in the face and stabbing him 27 times. Watch this video from HLN's Nancy Grace to learn more about the allegations against Arias, and you will also hear from Alexander's close friend.

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January 2, 2012

What you need to know for the Jodi Arias hearing Tuesday

Posted: 07:23 PM ET

The judge in the Jodi Arias murder case will determine Tuesday when the trial will begin.

Jury selection for the Arias murder trial had been set to begin February 21, but now the trial will be delayed after an attorney for Arias withdrew from the case. On December 23, Arias’ death penalty qualified public defender, Victoria Washington, withdrew from the case. A death penalty qualified defense attorney helps with jury selection, and will play a major role during the sentencing phase if Arias is convicted of first-degree murder.

Judge Sherry Stephens will decide Tuesday just how much time a new attorney will need to get up to speed. There's been a lot speculation about the delay, with some guessing it will only be a couple months and others predicting Arias' trial may not start until 2013. But the judge is the one who gets to decide and Stephens has said the delay will be brief.

The hearing Tuesday is expected to cover these three issues:

  • Appoint a new public defender
  • Address motion to dismiss, dealing with the death penalty
  • Set a new trial date

There is also a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, January 4, but that hearing may not take place if court wraps all of its issues on Tuesday.

Click here to read why the Arias trial may be the biggest trial of the year.

Arias is on trial for the 2008 killing of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander. His body was found in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona, bathroom with his throat cut from ear to ear, a gunshot wound to his face and 27 stab wounds all over his body, police say.

The hearing to determine the start date for the murder trial will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m ET.  Be sure to tune in to HLN and In Session for the latest!

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