Convicted killer Jodi Arias is seeking to have the opening brief in her murder appeal sealed from public view in connection with her former boyfriend’s 2008 death.
FOX reports that Arias’ attorneys claimed that part of the brief would possibly put certain people in danger should the public have access to it, although they didn’t explain the reasoning behind why anyone would be at risk.
“The contents of the opening brief may endanger some members of the public, given the continuing interest in this case by the public and the media,” Arias’ lawyer, Peg Green, wrote.
A spokeswoman for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Meg Green, stated that the state is opposing the request to seal the brief.
In 2013, an Arizona jury convicted Arias of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, while inside his Mesa home on June 4, 2008. The victim had a gunshot wound to his head, a slit throat, and around 27 to 29 stab wounds. Prosecutors argued that Arias flew into a fit of rage and jealousy after Alexander ended their relationship and when her efforts to win him back failed, she killed him.
Shortly after her conviction, Arias said she’d rather have the death penalty as opposed to life in prison. When the jury deadlocked on what her punishment should be, another sentencing trial took place in late 2014 to early 2015. When the jury again deadlocked, Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens sentenced her to life in prison.
Prior to her second retrial, the presiding judge ordered the witness list to be sealed from the public. Arias also reportedly had reservations about taking the stand during the sentencing retrial despite giving several national media interviews beforehand.
Arias is serving out her life sentence at the Perryville state prison in Goodyear, Arizona.
[Feature Photo: Jodi Arias via AP/Matt York, File]