|Arias May Take Deal to Avoid Death|
|By MARK MOONEY (@mxmooney)||Jun 23, 2013, 12:26 PM|
Jodi Arias has suggested this weekend that she might make a plea deal to avoid the death penalty rather than appeal her murder conviction.
Hours before the movie "Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret" played on the Lifetime channel, Arias tweeted on Saturday, "Just don't know yet if I will plea or appeal."
It was one of two tweets sent out on her behalf by friends who maintain a twitter account for the convicted murderer.
"Let's clear up any confusion. Anyone asking 4 donation$ right now on my behalf 4 my appeals is not legit," she wrote in one tweet.
It was quickly followed by another stating, "I'm not currently accepting donations 4 appeals. Just don't know yet if I will plea or appeal."
Arias, 32, is apparently referring to a possible deal in which she would accept a life prison term instead of the death penalty in exchange for promising not to appeal her conviction.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in late May that he would have an "ethical obligation" to consider a plea deal if the defense offered one.
Arias was convicted in May of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2007 with a flurry of stab wounds, a slashed throat and gunshot to the head.
But the Arizona jury could not agree on whether to sentence her to death.
The court has set July 18 to begin selecting a new jury to decide the penalty phase of Arias' case. Her lawyers have asked that the trial be delayed until January.
If a second jury is also unable to agree on whether to execute Arias, the judge would decide whether she gets life with or without the possibility of parole.
Arias also tweeted this weekend that she has completed a new painting, a portrait of a bighorn sheep which she is offering for sale for $2,000.