Jodi Arias, along with all of those interested in her scandalous trial, are now awaiting a decision from the jury on whether she will receive a sentence of life in prison or death.
Jodi Arias, who famously murdered her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, says she prefers death. She said, “I believe death is the ultimate freedom.”
However, her defense team has been trying their hardest to get her life in prison.
Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander in 2008 at his home by stabbing him nearly 30 times, slicing his throat almost to the point of decapitation, and putting a bullet in his head.
Jodi Arias first claimed that she had nothing to do with the murder. Then, after a series of bizarre interviews with investigators, she admitted to killing him, but said it was in self-defense.
During her four-month trial, Jodi Arias’ defense team tried to paint a picture of an abused woman. They portrayed her as a woman abused since childhood by her family, again by a long string of corrupt men, and finally Travis Alexander.
Jodi Arias’ attorney, Kirk Nurmi, said, “Why did we go from this sexual encounter to the killing? Because of this tumultuous relationship. Because the emotional stress all this was bringing on.”
That is the stance that Jodi Arias’ defense team holds to this day, but prosecutors say that she killed Alexander in a jealous rage after he said he wanted to break up and had planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez was ruthless, calling Jodi Arias dishonest. He said that she’s not remorseful for killing Alexander, and he tried to minimize the role her psychological problems played in the case.
“It doesn’t provide an excuse,” said Martinez. He later suggested that jurors to sentence Arias to death.
Deliberations will continue into next week in the case of Jodi Arias. This is the second jury to deliberate her sentence, as the first became deadlocked. If this jury also becomes deadlocked, the death sentence will be eliminated as an option. Then, it will be left up to a judge to decide her prison term.
What do you think of this scandalous trial? What do you think Jodi Arias’ sentence should be?