In the "what took so long" department, Lifetime is prepping a movie on the current trial of Jodi Arias, who's been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
The currently untitled film is being put together by executive producers Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and Judith Verno, who have some experience with lurid, ripped-from-the-headlines legal dramas. Witlin and Maurer are executive producers on "The Duke Lacrosse Case," which is currently in preproduction, while Verno has served as executive producer on the previous Lifetime efforts "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" and "The Craigslist Killer."
Arias' trial has drawn intense interest in certain segments of the media, particularly cable outlet HLN. Arias is accused of planning the June 2008 death of Alexander in his Mesa, Ariz., home in a fit of jealousy. Arias' story has changed throughout the investigation, at first claiming she had nothing to do with the death, then blaming it on intruders before finally claiming self-defense.
During her testimony, Arias claimed that Alexander had become abusive and attacked her. On Friday, a defense expert testified that Arias suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and memory loss in the period since Travis' death.
TVGuide.com first reported the news of Lifetime's Jodi Arias movie.
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