3TV unveils what's next for Jodi Arias prosecutor Juan Martinez

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 12:15 PM

PHOENIX -- Even though prosecutor Juan Martinez works alone in the courtroom he's got a lot of people supporting him.

Including one of his biggest fans, Ladawn Burnum, who lives in Utah.

"When Juan Martinez is up I’ll tell you what that man has some women that really love him," said Burnum via Skype.

Martinez is the prosecutor in the Jodi Arias murder trial.

Arias is accused of killing her lover Travis Alexander in his Mesa home in 2008.

Martinez has been called tough, terse, and over the top and that's gotten him very far with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO).

The prosecutor has worked for MCAO for 25 years, and for the past 17 years as a homicide prosecutor.

While MCAO didn't have Martinez's win record available, the office's spokesperson Jerry Cobb reminded 3TV Martinez successfully prosecuted Wendy Adriano.

According to the state's Department of Correction's website, Adriano is one of the three women currently on death row in Arizona.

When the Arias trial is over, Martinez will move on to another high profile case, prosecuting former Phoenix Police officer Richard Chrisman.

The ex-cop is accused of shooting an unarmed man and his dog in 2010.

That has 3TV asking why does Martinez always get the high profile cases?

"Cases are assigned by the MCAO Homicide Bureau Chief based on a range of factors including relevant experience, current caseload, and familiarity with the investigation (our homicide prosecutors are on call 24-7 and respond on a rotating basis to every homicide investigation within the County)," Cobb said via email.

Top prosecutors with MCAO make more than $100,000 a year.

According to Cobb, Martinez also has "multiple cases he's continually working on" but get's "support from a team of senior attorneys, paralegals and staff."

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