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Jodi Arias Verdict: Will the waitress-photographer join the other women on Arizona's death row?

Defendant Jodi Arias gets ready to take the stand to testify during her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Feb. 20, 2013. AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Charlie Leight, Pool

Defendant Jodi Arias gets ready to take the stand to testify during her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Feb. 20, 2013.
Pool, Charlie Leight,AP Photo/The Arizona Republic
(CBS) -- Jodi Arias could get the death penalty if she's convicted of first-degree murder in the 2008 shooting and stabbing death of her on-again, off-again lover, Travis Alexander.
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If the 32-year-old Arias is sentenced to death, she would join three other women on Arizona's death row. 

A woman hasn't been executed in Arizona since 1930.  Eva Dugan was a former Alaskan cabaret performer convicted of killing an elderly Tuscon rancher for whom she worked as a housekeeper.

According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, there are currently 122 men, along with the three women, on the state's death row. Nationwide, in 2012, 61 women were on death row, according to research by retired Ohio Northern University law professor Victor Streib - less than two percent of the 3,146 people on death row across the country.

Execution dates for the women currently imprisoned on Arizona's death row have yet to be set.

Sentenced to Die: Shawna Forde, 45

In March 2009, border activist Shawna Forde led a home invasion raid in Arivaca, Ariz. - about 10 miles north of the Mexican border - that left 29-year old Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia dead, prosecutors alleged.

Forde, the leader of the anti-illegal immigrant group Minutemen American Defense, allegedly posed as a police officer looking for fugitives along with two accomplices, CBS affiliate KOLD reported. Then, prosecutors said, the group opened fire.

The mother of the slain 9-year-old, Gina Gonzalez, survived and called 911.

Prosecutors reportedly said that Forde believed Flores was a drug smuggler and wanted his money to fund Forde's border watch operation.

Forde was sentenced to death on February 22, 2011.

Sentenced to Die: Wendi Adriano, 42

Wendi Adriano was convicted in the October 2000 killing of her terminally ill husband Joseph Adriano, an apartment manager in Ahwatukee, Ariz. She allegedly tried to poison him by putting pesticide in his soup, the East Valley Tribune reported.

When he didn't immediately die, she allegedly struck him 23 times with a barstool and stabbed him in the neck with a kitchen knife.

The case was prosecuted by Juan Martinez, the same man who is arguing the state's case against Jodi Arias.

Martinez reportedly told jurors Adriano was hoping to cash in on a $20 million payout from a lawsuit connected to the misdiagnosis of her husband's cancer. The jury reportedly ruled she should be sentenced to death after finding the murder was committed in an "especially cruel" manner.

Adriano was sentenced to death on December 22, 2004.

Conviction Overturned: Debra Milke, 48

In 1989, prosecutors allege Debra Milke, now 48, told her son Christopher he was going to the mall to visit Santa Claus. She allegedly dressed the boy in his favorite outfit. Instead, prosecutors say, her boyfriend and another man took the boy to the desert and shot him three times in the back of the head.

The killing was part of a plot by Milke and the two men to collect a $50,000 life insurance policy, prosecutors alleged.

On Jan. 18, 1991, she was sentenced to death.

But in March of 2013, a federal appeals court ruled that her case was tainted by a detective who had a history of lying under oath, and overturned Milke's conviction.  The detective had testified that Milke confessed to masterminding the crime.

The Attorney General's Office is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to re-consider the ruling that overturned Milke's conviction, AZCentral.com reports. She remains on Arizona's death row. 


  • Erin Donaghue

    Erin Donaghue covers crime for CBSNews.com's Crimesider.

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