Exclusive: Prosecutor Juan Martinez talks about Jodi Arias trial


PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Juan Martinez, the prosecutor who put Jodi Arias behind bars for life, sat down with FOX 10 on Tuesday.  He discussed his feelings about her, the media attention and his bullish courtroom style.

I asked Martinez point blank -- does he hate Arias?  He says he does not, but he detests the crime, not the person and that even though jurors did not agree on the death penalty, he has no regrets.

>>Watch Troy's full 34 minute interview with Martinez: youtube.com/watch?v=tKNt2N4Fzyc

In his first in-depth interview since the Arias trial began, the prosecutor says he is still surprised by the worldwide attention this case received.

"I don't think that I have ever seen a case like this.  I know the O.J. Simpson case had a large amount of publicity, but there wasn't social media and I think this case here.. what's different about it is that social media became so involved, I think that was probably surprising to all of us," he said.

Part of the reason it got so much attention was the performance of the prosecutor himself, especially his sparring with Arias.

Martinez: "Why don't you know how to answer that?"
Arias: "You're the one that brought it up."

He was accused by Arias and the defense team of bullying.

"No, I don't think I bullied anybody. There are set rules and the judge administers those rules and I don't think I was bullying anybody.  Perhaps my voice was loud, but it needs to carry across the courtroom," said Martinez.

Martinez: "You can't even remember what you said."
Arias: "I think I'm just focused on your posture and your tone and your anger."
Martinez: "How is it that you are not remembering what you're saying?"
Arias: "Because you're making my brain scramble."

"I wanted her to hear me.  I didn't want her to say later, 'I didn't hear you.' I wanted to make sure she understood it and heard it," explained Martinez.

When he got home Monday night and knew Arias was in Perryville Prison, was there a satisfaction?

"Every time a case is done, there is a satisfaction.  It's a general satisfaction, it's not a specific satisfaction. I think of other things," replied Martinez.

>>Watch Troy's full 34 minute interview with Martinez: youtube.com/watch?v=tKNt2N4Fzyc

>>Full coverage of the Jodi Arias case: FOX10Phoenix.com/Arias

>>VIDEO archive: Coverage of the Arias case, interviews and trial footage

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