Arias: “I’ll Donate My Hair” Plea To Win Over Jurors?

By: Amanda Crum - May 22, 2013

Jodi Arias has done a complete 180 turn from where she was just a couple of weeks ago in her pleas to the jury.

The accused murderer recently said she would rather have the death penalty for the murder of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, than life in prison.

“I said years ago that I’d rather get death than life, and that still is true today,” she said. “I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I’d rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”

Arias has undergone a lengthy trial for the murder of Alexander, who was found dead in his home in 2008 with gunshot and stab wounds. His throat was also slit. Arias eventually admitted to killing her boyfriend, but said she did it in self defense after he attacked her. Defense attorneys painted a picture of a young woman so in love that she wrote poetry and had steamy phone conversations with him, which were admitted into courtroom testimony. But the jury remained unconvinced, finding her guilty of first degree murder, which carries a sentence of either life in prison or the death penalty. The jurors still have to decide what to do, and whether or not Alexander was killed in an “exceptionally cruel” way.

Arias says she has recently learned that life in prison doesn’t have to mean no life at all, and promises to help others if she’s spared.

“I didn’t know then that if I got life instead of death that I could become employed and self-reliant. I didn’t know that if I got life there are many things I can do to affect positive change and contribute in a meaningful way. In prison there are programs I can start and people I can help.” said Arias.

Among her goals? Donating her hair to cancer survivors, creating prison literacy programs, and donating the proceeds from her “Survivor” t-shirts to victims of domestic violence.

“Some people may not believe that I am a survivor of domestic violence. They are entitled to their opinion. I’m supporting this cause because it’s very, very important to me,” she said.

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  • Tony Manero

    Dick Cheney can’t donate his hair if he was spared for committing war crimes.

    • Donald

      That was quite a stretch to bring Dick Cheney into it. One might think you are obsessed.

  • Sharon

    Seriously? Donating her hair makes up for a lost life?

  • Jeanne

    Sharon, nothing can makeup for the life taken. But Jodi says she wants to spend the rest of her life doing good since she found out that she could do that from prison. The only question I can see is whether or not she could repeat her violence in prison. In it is possible for her to turn violent again, then she should probably be put to death. Otherwise, we shouldn’t take her life as we’ve no more right to do that then she did.

    • http://yahoo Isaiah

      Jeanne, The Bible clearly says she should be put to death.

  • Lori

    Jodi is out for JODI only! Now she wants to do good? You could see how “sorry” she was in her mug shot (she’s smiling!) Doing good now is just too little too late!

  • http://webpronews Debra Grimes-Pearson

    I understand that people have different opinions about Jodi’s sentence but I have to save that the way she butchers her “boyfriend” was totally unforgiveable. To put her to death doesn’t make her suffer enough but to put her in jail so she could do good things is a crock. She claims she was mistreated in her life. Nothing I saw at her trial would convince me that what she did was out of self defense, when he stopped moving why didn’t she stop. I truly believe she should be in a physch institute, she is crazy.

  • Elizabeth Wiley

    I disagree that it was merely domestic violence. The country has sympathy for the kidnap victims of Castro, the doors were often open, they could have left. I think Arias too was for whatever reason domestic violence victims fail to leave a victim. The actions of Travis on the day of her baptism were rape, sodomy in fact. Yet she continued to date him, continued to love him, continued to think something would change.

    I think if she can utilize her time to help other women, it would be a great value out of a sad and pathetic story. Debra Grames0Pearson: you failed to listen to the testimony. Travis was a mean, sex addicted person, as much a monster as Castro. Why she went to his house, who knows, but the picture of him peeking out of the shower does not show fear, or surprise……….did he invite her there? Something is missing from the reality of that day. 31 years of work in Domestic Violence program facilitation tells that this woman did not have the self respect to say GOOD BYE to him the day of her baptism when he raped her. In fact sodomized her when she said NO.

    • http://webpronews Debra Grimes-Pearson

      Okay how many other witnesses testified to Travis being a mean sex addicted person?

  • Donald

    This reminds me of the Simpsons when Homer got a hair transplant from Snake after he was executed. Snake’s hair seeped into Homer’s brain and he went on a killing spree.

  • Steve

    She’s getting pretty desperate… and, who wants this lunatic’s hair??

  • hawkneewabouse

    as far as jodi aeris, what a waiste of eleectricity to turn on the big screen for what? very poor reporting, nothing but asumption after asumption such as the drama and accusative reporters unprofessionalism. Put her away and get on with your lives for goodness sakes. what a waiste of my and all americans taxpayers monies herein, and or therein. Nothing but immituritism and drama on behalf of the reporters and medias that shown why these young people are the way they are now of days.The younger generation now of days thinks because whaT THE MEDIA PUTS IN FRONT OF THEN, THEY WANT THE GLORY, AND SO ON AND THE MEDIA IS WHAT IS screwing our country with their devistating aCTIONS AND STATMENTS. The news used to be good, now i do not let my children watch tv at all unless it is a movie i rent from a store.

    • hawkneewabouse

      and yes, you are all right in your opinions. I may be blind however, at least i do not have to see the likes of the medias ways. lol

  • Avon Leonard

    Donating her hair is a cheap bid to make her self look good. Her motives are not altruistic. Who would want a wig made from a killer’ hair? The very thought is revolting!