PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona judge on Thursday set a July 18 hearing for convicted murderer Jodi Arias to determine whether the former waitress will face a new jury in the death penalty phase of her trial for brutally killing her ex-boyfriend.
The sensational trial began in January and Arias, 32, was convicted by a jury last month. The case became a staple for U.S. cable television viewers with its tale of a soft-spoken young woman charged with stabbing Phoenix-area man Travis Alexander multiple times, slashing his throat and shooting him in the face.
PHOENIX/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An Arizona wildfire whipped up by strong winds threatened hundreds of homes on Wednesday, even as firefighters were gaining an edge on a California blaze raging near a pristine wilderness, authorities said.
More than 500 firefighters were battling the Doce Fire, which has burned through 7,000 acres of chaparral, pine and juniper since Tuesday morning near Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, the Prescott National Forest said in a statement.
PHOENIX, June 11 (Reuters) – Tourist cars and buses resumed
their bumpy run to a Grand Canyon tourist attraction run
Tuesday, bypassing a roadblock set up last week by a dude
rancher in a bitter access dispute.
The Hualapai tribe, which operates the canyon Skywalk viewing
platform, built the bypass on federal land in Arizona and
reopened the Diamond Bar Road to traffic.
PHOENIX, June 8 (Reuters) – A dude rancher who grew up
watching John Wayne movies in England is starring in his own Old
West standoff with an Arizona sheriff and an Indian tribe over
access to a major Grand Canyon tourist attraction.
Nigel Turner, owner of the Grand Canyon Ranch Resort, this
week put up a makeshift gate to block a dirt road used by upward
of 1,000 tourists a day to visit the Skywalk, a viewing platform
that juts out over the canyon’s West Rim. The site is operated
by the local Hualapai Tribe.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Five people whose skeletal remains were found in a remote Arizona smuggling corridor are thought to have been homicide victims from Mexico or Central America who were shot or beaten to death, authorities said on Tuesday.
Border Patrol agents discovered the five sets of human remains a week ago. They were partly covered by rocks in desert about 130 miles south of Phoenix near the town of Sells on the Tohono O’Odham Reservation.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – The attorney for an Arizona mother jailed in Mexico after marijuana was found under her bus seat said on Thursday that video evidence showed she had boarded the vehicle without the drugs and expressed the hope she could be freed by the weekend.
Yanira Maldonado, a Mormon and the mother of seven children, was arrested on May 22 after Mexican soldiers searched a bus on which she was traveling with her husband, Gary, and discovered some 12 pounds (5 kilograms) of marijuana under her seat.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” said on Wednesday he would appeal a federal court ruling that found his agency had engaged in racial profiling of Hispanic drivers in its zeal to crack down on illegal immigration.
“One hundred of my deputies were authorized and trained by the federal government … to enforce federal immigration laws,” the Maricopa County sheriff said in a video posted on YouTube.
NACO, Mexico, May 25 (Reuters) – Mexican activist Maria
Elena Borquez takes up a paintbrush and daubs a bright splotch
of color on the rusted steel fence separating the small Mexican
town of Naco from a neighboring town in the United States.
“The wall projects hostility,” she said, paint pot in hand
and surrounded by youngsters from both the United States and
Mexico. “The idea is to transform it with art, friendship,
colors and life … into something that unites us,” said
Borquez, who is director of the local museum.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latino drivers in his crackdown on illegal immigration, a federal judge found on Friday, and ordered him to stop using race as a factor in law enforcement decisions.
The ruling against the Maricopa County sheriff came in response to a class-action lawsuit brought by Hispanic drivers that tested whether police can target illegal immigrants without racially profiling U.S. citizens and legal residents of Hispanic origin.
PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona jury weighing whether Jodi Arias should be put to death for the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend deadlocked on Thursday and the judge ordered a retrial of the penalty phase of the case.
Arias, a former waitress from California, was found guilty this month in the murder of Travis Alexander, whose body was found slumped in the shower of his Phoenix-area home in June 2008. He was stabbed 27 times, had his throat slashed and was shot in the face.