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Shayna Hubers Took Notes On Jodi Arias While Prepping For Trial, Cellmate Says

Holly Nivens claims her former cellmate Shayna Hubers looked to the Jodi Arias trial for tips on how to conduct herself in court during her trial for the shooting death of Ryan Poston. 

By Gina Tron
The Jodi Arias Case, Explained

Shayna Huber’s former cellmate has revealed that the convicted killer took notes on the Jodi Arias case as she was preparing for her own murder trial. 

Huber was a 21-year-old college student in 2012 when she shot her 29-year-old boyfriend attorney Ryan Poston to death at his Kentucky condo. She became irate when she learned that he had scheduled a date with former Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte. 

On Lifetime’s “Cellmate Secrets: Shayna Huber” which aired Friday night, Poston's cousin and Huber's friend Carissa Carlisle said that Huber could be jealous.

Carlisle recalled how Poston told her that Huber was obsessed with him; he supposedly called her level of infatuation “restraining order level” and confided in his cousin that she would sometimes text him more than 70 times a day. In the end, Huber shot Poston six times at close range and immediately claimed it was in self-defense. 

Arias, who killed her lover Travis Alexander at his Arizona home in 2008, was also depicted as being overly obsessed with her victim. And he too was killed viciously. He was found dead in his shower with dozens of stab wounds, a slit throat and a bullet in his head.

Huber’s former cellmate Holly Nivens revealed in “Cellmate Secrets,” that Huber looked to Arias’ case for ideas on how to conduct herself during her own trial. 

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“When we were in jail together, Jodi Arias’ case was a big thing so anytime that would come on [the television], she would just write down every single detail of that case,” she said. “She was so wrapped up in her case, comparing herself with Jodi Arias.”

It wasn’t just Huber who compared herself to Arias. The media did, too. A 2016 article from Arizona outlet KNXV called her the “Kentucky Jodi Arias.”

During Arias’ trial, she claimed that Alexander abused her on several occasions and that she even found him masturbating to a photo of a child. None of her allegations have ever been substantiated. While Arias also claimed self-defense, she was ultimately found guilty in 2013 of the first-degree premeditated murder of Alexander.  

The jury didn’t buy Huber’s self-defense claim either. She was convicted of murder in 2015 and sentenced to 40 years. Her conviction was overturned on appeal a year later when one of the jurors in her murder trial was revealed to be a convicted felon. During a 2018 retrial, Hubers was convicted of murder again and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 20 years. 

Carlisle described her cousin in "Cellmate Secrets" as kind and the opposite of "malicious."

Like Hubers, Arias also tried to appeal her sentence. Last year, a three-member Arizona Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Arias’ first-degree murder conviction and life sentence after an attempted appeal. 

Poston’s murder is also featured in season 19 of Oxygen’s “Snapped.”

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