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Prosecutor Juan Martinez takes you inside the case that captivated a nation

Over the course of five years, America watched as Arizona prosecutor Juan Martinez relentlessly battled to convict Jodi Arias for the vicious murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. The salacious case wrought with sex, manipulation, and deceit rocked the nation as the prosecution exposed shocking evidence of how Arias planned and executed the crime, building an irrefutable case that would result in a guilty verdict and a controversial life sentence.

Now, speaking openly for the first time, Martinez shares the inside story of his tireless work to put Jodi Ann Arias behind bars. Beginning in the hours immediately following the discovery of Travis’ body, Conviction examines every aspect of Martinez’ case, showing how over the course of five years his prosecution came together one piece at a time, and revealing how, almost from the very start, it seemed Arias believed she could get away with murder. 

Going inside the case files, Martinez chronicles the truth behind the multiple facades of Jodi Arias—a killer who played the victim with incredible skill, but was capable of unspeakable violence. Shedding light on the never-before-told story behind the most damning piece of evidence against Arias—the gas cans—Martinez recounts how he learned of their existence as well as the lengths he went to in order to ensure that they remained a secret from the public until precisely the right time.

Addressing his critics and supporters alike, Martinez also details his approach during the trial, describing how his much-criticized cross-examination of Arias was actually a highly deliberate and carefully crafted strategy designed to keep a deceitful woman from becoming too comfortable on the witness stand.

Complete with never-before-publicized evidence from the case and sixteen pages of photos, Conviction is the definitive account of the case that shocked America.

I couldn’t help but think Travis must have suffered greatly. I’d seen a lot of crime scenes since I’d joined the homicide unit, and this one spoke to an overkill. This murder seemed so methodical that I didn’t think it was a crime of passion. It seemed less angry and more purposeful. Only later would I find out just how goal-oriented the murderer had truly been; as it turned out, Travis had been killed three times over . . .

My eyes moved slowly around the bathroom one more time. I knew that it would be memorialized in photos and diagrams and that the whole room would be cataloged and measured. I would revisit this disturbing locale many times in the future through the photographs taken and the reports yet to be written, but I wanted to preserve as much as I could in my mind, so that wherever the investigation led I wouldn’t forget the bloody scene now in front of me.

—from Conviction

About the Author

Juan Martinez began working for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in 1988. In his twenty-seven-year career with the office, he has spent nineteen years prosecuting homicide cases. Some of his most noteworthy cases include Arizona v. Wendi Andriano, who was convicted of first-degree murder and was the first woman sentenced to death by a jury in Arizona; Arizona v. Scott Falater, which was noted for the use of sleepwalking as a defense to the murder of his wife; Arizona v. Loren Wade, in which an Arizona State University football player was convicted of the shooting murder of an ex-ASU football player; and Arizona v. Rick Wayne Valentini, which resulted in a conviction for murder even though the victim’s body was never found.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (February 16, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006244428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062444288
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (728 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I preordered this book and inhaled it from start to finish in one sitting. I followed the Arias trial from opening statements to her sentencing, becoming an admirer of Juan Martinez' due to his apparent photographic memory and knowledge of all the evidence and his skillful and relentless courtroom style as he won justice for Travis Alexander and his family and friends.

It was amazing to read how Martinez was able to pull off a couple of true "Perry Mason" moments during the trial. He shares how he came across the infamous gas can evidence in the form of a collection of receipts in a shoebox in Arias' room at her grandparent's home in Yreka, California. Arias had made sure she "had the gas receipts" to prove she was “nowhere near” Mesa, Arizona and the murder. However, Martinez famously produced the gas receipts from California and Salt Lake City with the accompanying bank records proving that she had 3 gas cans.. And having 3 gas cans was indicative of premeditation—therefore knocking self-defense off the table.

He sheds light on the so-called “pedophile letters” that were discussed in a hearing but never admitted as evidence in the trial. The utter unprofessionalism and dishonesty that most people observed by the Arias defense team during the trial was proven to be accurate when Martinez discloses that Nurmi , a female defense attorney and an investigator showed up unannounced (and unidentified as Arias’ defense team) to Deanna Reid’s home purporting to be people “involved in the case” who wanted to ask some questions about Travis “off the record.” The female defense attorney tried to be “chummy” with Deanna and produced one of the forged “pedophile letters’ for her to read which also contained unflattering things about Deanna.
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I had been anticipating the release of this book and read it in one gulp! Conviction is informative, well written with the integrity and dedication of Juan Martinez apparent throughout. This is a guy who works 13 hour days , works alone and becomes immersed in his cases because he seeks the deliverance of justice to people just like Jodi Arias. The revelation of the gas cans and their significance, dealing with the Bob White letters and observations about how to best tackle the unconscionable liar that was Ms Arias, all make for entertaining reading. My only real criticisms of the book were that I would have liked a little more on the penalty retrial and the controversy surrounding Juror 17 and a bit more dirt on the often fiery interaction between the prosecution and the defence that resulted in those endless bench conferences!. But gossip is not what Conviction is about-its about getting Arias where she should be and that is what Martinez did. I would also advise those that are J A trial diehards that a lot of the book consists of transcribed court testimony, police interviews and other material that you may be familiar with already which is another reason why its a 4 stars for me. Worth a read to see how a hard working prosecutor goes about getting the job done
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Beautifully written and well worth the read. Having retired in 2011, after 37 years in the legal field, I watched entire trial from beginning to end with great interest. What I saw was how expertly Mr. Martinez crafted the prosecution of this murderer. No contest at all with Nurmi et al. The defense team was completely out lawyered!
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i appreciate that i got to understand the progression of this case. This is a person that will always be dangerous; this conviction undoubtedly saved other victims.
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Seeing this trial that I watched from beginning to end through Juan Martinez's prospective answered a lot of my questions on why he handled the case in some instances in which I was surprised. This book for me is the closure I needed on this case. I applaud Juan for his no nonsense explanations through this book. So refreshing to finally get the truth. Mr. Martinez stood for Travis, I am so glad he took the call that morning. The murderer is put away for life....Thank you Juan and all the hard working people who sought justice and WON!!
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great read!! Jodi Arias is a truly a scary person, glad she will spend rest of her life in jail. I feel so bad for Travis Alexander's family knowing he was stalked by a sex crazed psychopath, the horror of his death then her lies to minimize her crime. Hopefully the knowledge that she will never hurt another person offers some small comfort.
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Buying the book..my reasoning was..even if I found out nothing new...the proceeds would be my small gift to an incredible Prosecutor. Hardworking..smart ..dedicated to Justice....never ever giving up.
So far the book is compelling. Even though I watched both Trials...reading the written word...the book allows me to absorb all the twists and turns.
The book is very well written...easy to understand...and I am very happy to have bought it and have it in my possession.
7 years....and yet Mr Martinez lost none of his vim and vigor:) I am so happy that he has this conviction to show for it.
He does no bravado...no blaming...yet his sincerity shines. His Dedication.
I know this. If ever contemplating committing a crime...I would NEVER commit it near where Mr Juan Martinez is the Prosecutor...I would be doomed. (smile)....He's that good. Ms Arias should have heeded the great Detective Flores' advice to her in the interrogation. She should have changed her attitude...her stupid lies...and confessed and begged for forgiveness. Det Flores warned her what a good Prosecutor Mr Martinez is. But the arrogant.(without reason to be arrogant) waitress...not even finishing High School..knew better. And look where she'll be spending the rest of her days. No one deserves to be in that dank cell more than her. THANK YOU MR JUANDERFUL!!!
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