Jodi Arias’ defense attorneys announced on Monday that they won’t be presenting any witnesses to convince jurors why they shouldn’t sentence Arias to the death penalty. Court watchers expected to hear from Arias' ex-boyfriend Darryl Brewer and Arias' childhood friend Patricia Womack.
However, we won't hear from anyone in Arias’ family. Arias has had someone from her family in the courtroom every single day, usually her mom but also her aunt, dad, brother and sister have all made appearances. Shouldn’t they have something to say to the jury?
A possible reason for their silence is those mitigating factors presented by the defense. The jury can consider these factors when deciding whether to give Arias the death penalty or life in prison.
In addition to saying Arias was young at the time of the crime and that she has no criminal history, the defense team has also said that Arias “lacked support from family.” How would jurors feel about this issue if her family were to get up on the stand and explain why her life should be spared?
The defense also states that Arias “suffered abuse and neglect as a child.” During the trial, Arias testified that her parents were verbally and physically abusive toward her. If one of her family members were to take the stand, prosecutor Juan Martinez would be able to cross-examine him or her about the abuse. If they deny it, then it looks bad for Arias.
So that leaves Arias to persuade jurors for herself as to why they should spare her life. She is expected to make her statement at 12:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Her defense attorney said in his opening statement for the sentencing phase that Arias would be showing her artwork since her skills as a “talented artist” were also listed as a mitigating factor.
HLN will bring you live coverage of Arias' statement to the jury on Tuesday. You can also follow HLNtv.com for a live blog.