Jodi Might Die

An “especially cruel” Arias in court (courtesy of Charlie Leight/Gannett)

Yesterday, the jury in the first-degree murder case of Jodi Arias—the 32-year-old woman convicted of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008—decided that she was “especially cruel” when she shot, stabbed and almost decapitated the man she supposedly loved.

This not only moves the case into the sentencing phase, but also means the death penalty could be a real possibility for the woman who last week claimed she didn’t want to live anyway.

“I said years ago that I’d rather get death than life,” Arias told KSAZ-TV of Phoenix. “And that is still true today. I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I’d rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”

Give me a break.

As I mentioned in an earlier post (“Arias and Castro: The Latest Buzz“), Arias’ claim seemed to be little more than some pathetic attempt at reverse psychology. Personally, I believe she made this claim to influence the jury to keep her imprisoned for life, rather than to kill her. Since Arias may once again be permitted to address the jury—potentially to plead for her life before they determine her sentence—I guess we’ll have to wait and see if her story remains consistent.

Lord knows, that wasn’t the case during her criminal trial, when Arias’ story changed more than Lady Gaga changing outfits between songs.

Today’s jury decision regarding Arias’ cruelty isn’t the final nail in her coffin, so to speak, but it certainly could be. And I must confess that I’m anxious to hear which way they go, not because I want Arias to live—quite the opposite, actually—but because once they do, all this media coverage will start to taper off.

Yes, Arias’ case makes blogging easy since there are no shortage of twists, turns, speculation and drama, but even I am growing weary. It’s time for us all to move on, so I hope the jury wraps this up soon and does what many of us hope they do: give Arias the death penalty and avenge Travis Alexander.

No one deserves to die the way he did.

Posted on May 16, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The thing I think I find most offensive about this case is the way Nancy Grace is handling it. I never watch her except she was on Headline News when I got home, which I never watch either, my cable box defaults to it. She’s doing a great job for making Alexander a victim for the second time. Arias’ guilt is pretty straight forward. Sensationalizing it is just wrong…

    • Sensationalism is always wrong. You’re right about that, Marty. I haven’t seen Nancy Grace lately, but that’s certainly a good thing given everything you mentioned. Hope it wraps up soon so all this will end :-)

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