Jodi Arias wanted to kill prosecutor Juan Martinez if she got the death penalty in her trial, her former cell mate says.
The first phase of the trial ended without a definite sentence, prompting a second phase that begins on Friday. Arias could still get sentenced to death.
Arias “is very dangerous,” Cassandra Collins, the former cell mate, told Fox News.
Collins said that Arias vowed revenge if Martinez succeeded in getting the death sentence.
“She said that if she was given the death sentence, she wanted to get her revenge,” Collins said. “She knows inmates on the outs to do a mafia bow tie, cut his throat.”
Collins said that Arias underwent a prison-wide campaign to convince the other inmates of her innocence. “She’ll try to suffocate you with her version and her side,” Collins said, adding that it was a form of manipulation.
In addition, Arias seemed to have a strange fascination with Martinez.
“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.. and I’m like why doesn’t he love you?”
Collins said tha tArias appeared to be “out of her freakin’ mind.”
On the other hand, Arias later told Fox News that the claims were not true. She tweeted that “to comment on the babblings of a lunatic is lunacy itself. (oops).”
And her defense team asked for a change of venue because of what Collins said. However, that request was not given.
The next hearing in the trial is scheduled for January 3, according to Steven Alexander, the brother of Travis Alexander, who Arias murdered.
However, the actual trial isn’t due to start until mid-February, he said.
“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,” he said via the “Justice for Travis Alexander” Facebook page. “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.”