Bill Montgomery, the Maricopa County Attorney, held a news conference to discuss what the next steps are for the prosecution against Jodi Arias and the penalty phase of her first-degree murder trial.
Montgomery, the top prosecutor in Phoenix, held a news conference on May 30 according to The Item, stating that he is “open to input” from Arias’ defense attorneys Kurt Nurmi and Jennifer Wollmott, as well as the family of Travis Alexander.
The Maricopa County Attorney is confident that in a county of four million people and over one million registered voters, an impartial jury could be seated. However, Montgomery may be willing to put an end to the sentencing phase if the defense would accept a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
There many factors to be considered by the Maricopa County Attorney before a court hearing scheduled for June 20. Montgomery will have to weigh feedback from Travis Alexander’s family, as well as if the Arias defense team will be willing to move forward and accept a sentence of life without parole rather than the death penalty. Bill Montgomery added that he has an “ethical obligation” to consider such a deal.
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