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Crime Poll: Life or Death for Jodi Arias?

By May 17, 2013

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During the first day of the death penalty hearing for convicted killer Jodi Arias, the jury listened to the emotional statements from Travis Alexander's brother Stephen Alexander and sister Samantha Alexander.

Stephen Alexander described the emotional and physical pain he has felt since Travis was killed including ulcers, depression, nightmares and the separation from his wife.

With an expression of sadness and disgust, he said, "I don't want these nightmares anymore. I don't want to have to see my brother's murderer anymore. I don't want to hear his name dragged through the mud."

Samantha Alexander fought tears throughout her statement, saying that in the 11 years she has spent as a police officer, she has never seen anything as gruesome as the pictures she saw of her murdered brother.

"Our minds are permanently stained with the images of our poor brother's throat slit from ear to ear," Samantha Alexander said. "To have Travis taken so barbarically is beyond any words we can find to express our horrific loss."

Nurmi Asks for Fairness and Mercy

Arias' attorney Kirk Nurmi delivered his opening statement saying that the jury would hear about Arias' clean criminal record, listen to two of her friends describe who she was before she met Travis Alexander, listen to how she tried to better herself in life and see some of her artwork.

"This isn't about excuses or justification, but fairness and mercy come into play in your moral assessment of what the right thing to do is." said Nurmi to the jury.

He also said that the jury would hear from Jodi Arias, "in a different way- not about what happened, but about who she is."

Nurmi also reminded the jury that if their decision, be it life or death, was unanimous that it is a "binding sentence" that the judge will abide by, however if it is not unanimous the decision is then left up to the judge.

Throughout the day Arias looked disheveled and distraught and appeared to cry during the Alexander's statements.

Poll: Should Jodi Arias Get Life or Death?

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May 22, 2013 at 10:23 am
(1) Dennis Bowen says:

I thoroughly believe that justice should be served ” God states thou shalt not kill” While the Christian side of me says let God determine her fate. The human side of me is absolutely appalled at what she has done. My thought is place her on a gurney find the best vein and give her a fatal dose. I will pray for her soul. Not trying to be hypocritical just expressing both Human side and Christian side. His family should get justice for what she did to him and his family.

May 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm
(2) Dee says:

It’s actually a shame how Jodi sat up there and told all of those lies not only that she had the nerve to beg for her life for real. The way she killed Travis Alexander wow she should have the same fate I mean really. Shot him in the head, stabbed him multiple I mean multiple times and then almost decapitated him. They should blow her head clean off of her shoulders YES SHE SHOULD DEFINITELY GET THE DEATH PENALTY WITH HER LYING AZZ. Jodi is pathetic hell if the man wanted to move on she should have got to stepping but instead she killed this. I can’t stand her telling lies on a witness stand. She stupid. Electrocute her azz. Let her die as painfully as Travis.

May 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(3) Eric Moser says:

It is hypocritical as most Christians are. I am not a Christian and I forgive her. That is the human side and the reality side. All of the the victims family members are Mormans. Go Figure. Just as Most Christians are very judgemental and hypocritical, so are those who can’t forgive someone who is obviously ill. I feel sorry for Jodi Arias, and the victim. I think she should get life in Prison.

May 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm
(4) rose young-stewart says:

After reading and watching and listening to this trial of a killer i immediately felt no remorese for her but i did for the victim who she apparently beat the hell out of him first then attacked him and eventually killed him. She is a viscious person with a lot of hatred inside of her. No one turns their life around in a month or two No one. She ought to be in Hollywood.. shes too good of an actress. No way is she going to teach people how to read and write. She doesn’t have the patience, she doesnt have the know how and she is a person who thinks about “now, how can i weasel my way out of this drudgery?” If you have a difficult time deciding just simply put yourself in the victims place, shortly before you are dead.

May 28, 2013 at 6:43 am
(5) Earl Hickey says:

The fair sentence should be 12 to 25 years.
I did not see a conscious premeditation: she did it in the heat of the moment, she was not thinking straight when she did it. The proof is that she stood nothing to gain from the murder of Travis – she wasn’t his wife and could not “inherit” anything from him. Usually first degree murder occurs for pecuniary reasons or during the commission of another crime. She just couldn’t get over him treating her poorly and she snapped.

Therefore this qualifies for manslaughter, not murder I !!!

I think her lawyers should have put more emphasis on her emotional state and that she didn’t do it for gain.

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