Photo: Lifetime to Make Movie Based on Trial of Accused Murderer Jodi Arias
Currently on trial for killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008, Jodi Arias’ trial has made national headlines much like Casey Anthony.
Also like Anthony, Arias’ story is being made into a Lifetime movie.
Arias is being tried for first degree murder after admitting to killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. Prior to admitting to the killing and claiming self-defense, Arias lied to police numerous times about what happened. She first claimed she was not at his Mesa, Arizona home when he was killed. She then changed her story to say intruders killed before finally admitting to ending Alexander’s life.
The trial has focused mainly Arias’ claims that she killed Alexander in self-defense, though she often claims to have forgotten what happened. On Friday, her defense team presented a psychologist who testified Arias has PTSD and that she really many not remember a lot of what happened on the day of Alexander’s murder.
The Lifetime movie will bring together executive producers Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and Judith Verno; all three have experience taking real-life headline-making stories and turning them into movies. Verno has worked on both Drew Peterson: Untouchable and The Craigslist Killer, while Witlin and Maurer are in preproduction for The Duke Lacrosse Case.
Prosecuting Casey Anthony premiered on Lifetime on January 19 on this year and starred Rob Lowe as the prosecutor, Jeff Ashton. Anthony reportedly made no money from the film, which was based on Ashton’s book “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony” but it is unclear whether Arias will be paid any money for the film about her.