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Jodi Arias Wanted Prosecutor's Throat Slit? Cell Mate Says So

Image: Jodi Arias Wanted Prosecutor's Throat Slit? Cell Mate Says So Prosecutor Juan Martinez and Jodi Arias

Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 06:28 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Jodi Arias often talked about hiring a hit man to slit her prosecutor's throat if he succeeded in getting her the death penalty, according to her former cell mate who says the convicted murderer is "out of her freakin' mind."

Cassandra Collins, who bunked with Arias prior to her much-publicized trial earlier this year, told MyFoxPhoenix.com that the 33-year-old had some weird obsession with prosecutor Juan Martinez.

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"She said that if she was given the death sentence... she wanted to get her revenge... she knows inmates on the outs to do a mafia bow tie... yeah. Cut his throat," Collins said.

"She asked me questions like 'why doesn't Juan Martinez love me?' And I'm like, love you? He's your prosecutor, he's there to prosecute you for a crime… He needs to get good security staff around him to make sure she can't get anybody on the outs to solicit something to harm him or to hurt him. She's very dangerous, very dangerous."

After a five-month trial in Phoenix, Ariz., Arias was convicted in May of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, 30.

Prosecutors said Arias killed Alexander in a jealous rage after finding out he was planning a trip to Mexico with another woman. She claimed, however, that she fought back in self-defense after he attacked her.

After determining that Arias was eligible for the death penalty, a jury got tripped up deciding whether she should be sentenced to death or life in prison. Judge Sherry Stephens declared a hung jury for the penalty phase of the trial and ordered a new one, which has not yet been scheduled.

There has been a series of recent hearings, though, albeit behind closed doors — a far cry from the first trial's media circus. Some say Stephens is keeping things hush hush so as to ensure an impartial jury for the penalty phase retrial.

"The trial court has gone from transparency to blackout and bewilderment," attorney David Bodney, who represents several media outlets in the fight for transparency, told The Associated Press. "There have been repeated flagrant violations of the public’s constitutional right to attend proceedings."

The defense lawyers are reportedly the ones requesting the closed proceedings, but prosecutors aren't arguing.

"It's a balance, but I believe when push comes to shove, a defendant's right to a fair trial is probably going to trump what otherwise is considered the public's right to attend trial," Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery told the AP.

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