Dramatic murderess waxes eloquent
Convicted murderess Jodi Arias, 32, says in a post conviction interview that she prefers the death penalty to life in prison. In a statement worthy of a theatrical presentation, she grabbed the spotlight — hopefully for the final time – with,“I believe death is the ultimate freedom.”
Arias confessed to the grisly June 4, 2008 killing of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander, 30, in the bathroom of his Mesa, Arizona home. He was found five days later, having been shot in the forehead and stabbed 27 times, with his throat slit from ear to ear.
She was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon in a sensational, sordid trial that has continued over four months, during which she and her legal team besmirched the reputation of the murder victim.
Arias admitted lying repeatedly before and after her arrest. She initially denied involvement in the brutal murder. She then blamed the killing on masked intruders. Ultimately, she claimed to have killed Alexander in self-defense. The jury, which unanimously agreed the crime was premeditated, will reconvene today to decide on the sentence — life in prison or the death penalty.
Troy Hayden of Phoenix’ Fox News KSAZ 10 conducted this interview with Jodi Arias 20 minutes after her conviction in the four month trial. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has placed her on suicide watch in the jail.
Thursday, May 9, 2013:
The penalty phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial scheduled to take place in the courtroom of Judge Sherry Stephens was canceled today. It will resume May 15. No reason was given for the delay.
When the proceedings resume, Arias’ sentencing can be viewed as it takes place here courtesy of HLN TV. The decision to impose the death penalty must be unanimous.