Saw this on an episode of Investigation Discoveries Deadly women. Anyone have an idea of where she is in her appeals?
This is the latest I could find on it.Az high court upholds death sentence of husband-killer
by The Associated Press on Jul. 09, 2007, under Local, Special
The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence of an woman convicted of killing her cancer-stricken husband.
The court rejected 11 separate arguments raised by lawyers for Wendi Andriano, 36, in an effort to have her first-degree murder conviction and death sentence overturned.
Andriano was convicted in the Oct. 8, 2000, death of her husband, Joe Andriano, who was terminally ill with cancer. The couple lived in the Phoenix community of Ahwatukee.
During the trial, the prosecutor Martinez characterized Andriano as a greedy, cheating wife who killed her cancer-stricken husband in a “shockingly evil” way.
Martinez alleged Wendi Andriano tried to pass off her husband’s death as a heart attack to get money from a malpractice lawsuit.
Joe Andriano was struck in the head at least 23 times and stabbed in the neck. Investigators also found pesticide in his stomach and evidence that his wife had been trying to poison him for a substantial period.
Wendi Andriano testified for nine days in her own defense and claimed she had been battered by her husband. She said he flew into a rage when she told him she had an affair and the two got into a struggle with a knife.
In her appeal, Wendi Andriano claimed that evidence of her affairs and efforts to buy life insurance policies for her ailing husband unfairly prejudiced her in front of the jury. She also argued that the jury should have been allowed to consider the lesser crimes of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
She raised questions about the jury’s deliberations during the penalty phase, when it appeared deadlocked and the judge offered to answer legal questions to help them reach a decision, saying the judge’s actions were jury coercion.
And she claimed the state’s method of execution by lethal injection was cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution because exact drug doses and potential problems with the technique are not spelled out in the law.
The Supreme Court, in a unanimous 39-page opinion, rejected all in turn.
Andriano is one of only two women on Arizona’s death row.