Recently, several reports surfaced about claims from a former cellmate of Jodi Arias.  Cassandra Collins spoke to KSAZ two weeks ago claiming that Jodi Arias both threatened Juan Martinez’s life and wanted him to be in love with her.  Collins said she had conversations with Arias involving what Arias would do if she were sentenced to death.  Allegedly, Collins said Arias would put out a mafia hit on him.  Collins also claimed that Arias wanted to know “why doesn’t Juan Martinez love me?”  The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office as well as Jodi Arias’ attorneys are looking into the claims.

Jodi Arias is now refuting those claims.

“Really…a woman who was found by the court to be incompetent to stand trial?  Noncredible fame-seekers are for HLN.  @FoxNews is classier than that.”  She also wrote, “…you conveniently failed to mention that — way to mislead your viewers.”

Most reports about the interview of Cassandra Collins would only confirm that she was a cellmate with Arias, but did not elaborate on her charges or anything else.   Troy Hayden, a journalist with FOX10 actually tweeted back “…are you denying you said those things?”  To which Arias replied, “…Of course.”

Arias’ attorneys wrote in court documents recently filed, that the woman’s claims are “salacious ramblings of a mentally incompetent woman.”  A judge involuntarily committed Collins in 2012, about a month after sharing a cell with Arias.  Collins was charged with aggravated harassment and spent about six weeks in mid-2012 in a cell with Arias.

“Ms. Collins asserted that Ms. Arias claimed to know former inmates who are now out of custody that would help her exact her revenge… Mrs. Collins, went on to describe one of the heinous crimes contemplated by Ms. Arias was giving Mr. Martinez a ‘mafia bowtie’ meaning having someone slit his throat,” Nurmi wrote.

A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office agreed, “This individual making this particular claim has a history of mental illness and was ruled not competent and not restorable…this person also has a history of fabricating information.”

Even the lead detective in the case, Esteban Flores, expressed zero concern, “I take it with a grain of salt, it doesn’t concern me at all…”  The Internet is abuzz with people stating how they believe that Jodi Arias said these things.  However, most informed people understand that Collins’ comments are the result of her personal health issues.   MyFoxPhoenix now admits that Collins “like many women in jail…has been treated for some emotional and mental issues.”

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  1. marty says:

    I am on the fence about this one, she is probably just looking for some attention. Surely, Jodi would know any comment like that would be reported.

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    • Both the prosecution and defense commented that this wasn’t true and that the person saying this has serious mental health issues.

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      • Jenny says:

        Really? I’m not doubting the woman is certifiable but can you actually link where the Maricopa Cty prosecutors office said this wasn’t true? How would they know?

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        • Maricopa County officials said that they would investigate the claims like any others, but according to Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, threats of this type are not uncommon. Cobb stated, “This individual making this particular claim has a history of mental illness and was ruled not competent and not restorable…this person also has a history of fabricating information.” The lead detective in the case, Esteban Flores — who was also named as a potential target — said he was aware of the allegations, but expressed no concern, “I take it with a grain of salt, it doesn’t concern me at all,” Flores said. “She (Arias) has some followers, but I’m not concerned about them, they’re kind of whack-jobs.”

          No one seemed too concerned about the veracity of the statements. I could find no official conclusion to their investigation on these alleged threats, but it seems more procedural than anything else. You can find these statements on several sites including HLN because Kirk Nurmi filed a motion in late 2013 for change of venue due to these comments by Collins.

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