Jodi Arias and Juan Martinez will participate in a settlement conference in late October in an effort to resolve the case. For background, Jodi Arias was found guilty of the First Degree Murder of Travis Alexander in May of this year. The jury also found that she committed the murder in a cruel manner. This resulted in the possibility of her being put to death. However, the jury hung on the issue of whether she should get a life sentence or the death penalty (the jury has to decide on the issue of death). Since the jury could not make the decision, the case continues in Maricopa County Superior Court with the very possibility of the penalty phase of the trial being retried.
Do not get too excited that a settlement conference is scheduled. This is routine in cases where the parties have been unable to reach a decision. One party can ask to schedule a settlement conference with another judge who is not presiding over the case (meaning not Judge Stephens). The parties then meet with that judge to see if a settlement can be reached. This can be a great tool to resolution when there are viable options. In this case, the only options are: death, life without possibility of parole, and life with possibility of parole. AZCentral.com sums up the situation in its most recent installment on this case. Jodi Arias will not accept death, and its likely the Maricopa County Prosecutor’s Office will not accept life with possibility of parole, so, will this be successful? Odds are that it will not.