The Jodi Arias trial is to stay in Phoenix, a judge ruled last week, while the family of Travis Alexander–the man she killed–said a pre-trial hearing will take place next week.
Arias was convicted in the 2008 killing of her live-in boyfriend Travis Alexander.
Alexander’s family, via the “Justice for Travis Alexander” Facebook page, said the next hearing for Arias is Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. “No info from today’s hearing yet but next hearing date is Jan 3rd. Will it ever end?” the operator of the page wrote.
According to The Associated Press, a judge in the case denied a second motion for her defense attorneys. They argued that the trial should be moved out of Arizona due to intense media and public scrutiny.
“We believe this is a tactic to try and get us to throw in the towel. We will not! I say again it won’t happen,” reads the “Justice for Travis” Facebook page, referring to recent moves made by her attorneys.
The posting added: “Our family will come together and see it through until it is finished. There is a monster that haunts us, but once the correct sentence is given, it’s her who will be haunted until the most the most humane punishment comes to her. Nothing compared to the sentence she gave to a good man. Anyhow, the entire Alexander family thanks all of you. Thank you for having our backs.”
Arias, 33, claimed she killed Alexander in self-defense, but his body was found with approximately three-dozen knife wounds, his throat was slashed, and he was found with a gunshot wound in his forehead. The prosecutors in the case said she killed him in a jealous rage.
Since she’s been jailed, Arias is said to have alarmed one of her cellmates.
Cassandra Collins, a woman who shared a cell with her, claimed Arias wanted to kill Maricopa County Attorney Juan Martinez if she was sentenced to death.
“She’s dangerous, very dangerous,” Collins told KSAZ-TV last month. “She’s out of her freaking mind.”
Collins noted that Arias had an odd infatuation with Martinez, and she said she’s speaking out because she fears for Martinez’s safety.
“She asked me questions like, ‘Why doesn’t Juan Martinez love me?’” Collins told the station. “And I’m like, ‘Love you? He’s your prosecutor. He’s there to prosecute you for a crime.’”