Thank's, Wheezy, for posting this. This may be a case where the Jury does not follow the law in the simple sense it was written. Perceptiion of Self Defense does not fit in a tidy little box and remember that evidence (Texts, Tapes) bolster that she was abused.It doesn't really matter if he lied or pretended to be something he wasn't.
Jodi Arias admitted to killing him in self defense.
The jury needs to either believe it was self defense or not.
This has nothing to do with whether she "snapped" or was so emotionally abused, she freaked out.
The prosecution claims that it was 'heinous and cruel crime' and the judge agreed, and that is why the death penalty is on there, still.
Arizona Law: 13-404. Justification; self-defense
A. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, a person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when and to the extent a reasonable person would believe that physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful physical force.
B. The threat or use of physical force against another is not justified:
1. In response to verbal provocation alone; or
2. To resist an arrest that the person knows or should know is being made by a peace officer or by a person acting in a peace officer's presence and at his direction, whether the arrest is lawful or unlawful, unless the physical force used by the peace officer exceeds that allowed by law; or
3. If the person provoked the other's use or attempted use of unlawful physical force, unless:
(a) The person withdraws from the encounter or clearly communicates to the other his intent to do so reasonably believing he cannot safely withdraw from the encounter; and
(b) The other nevertheless continues or attempts to use unlawful physical force against the person.
Doubt if this will be a jury who follows the law down to the tee.
Remember, the Battered Woman syndrome which affected her state of mind, will weigh heavy in their decision. There has to be one or more of the jurors who are outraged at the way Travis debased her. Look for a Hung Jury (Mistrial).
This case is Overcharged, she should have been allowed to plead guilty to a Manslaughter(10 years) and justice would have been served.
Wheezy, do us a favor and research provisions of Manslaughter or whatever the lowest charge of Homicide is in Arizona.