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Arias tells jury what she’ll do if allowed to live



Published: Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 2:21 p.m.

Arias tells jury what she’ll do if allowed to live

PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias told a jury today that she can contribute to society if allowed to live, saying she’d like to start literacy, recycling and other programs in prison.

Arias addressed the jury in the penalty phase of her trial as the panel considers whether to sentence her to life in prison or execution.

After five months of trial, Arias told the jury she never meant to cause the family of Travis Alexander — who she killed — so much pain. The same jury convicted her of first-degree murder in Alexander’s death.

Arias’ voice wavered with emotion as she read from a sheet of paper with Alexander’s family looking on in the gallery. She said she didn’t kill herself after Alexander’s death because of her love for her own family.

Holding up a white t-shirt with the word “survivor” written across it, Arias said she would sell the clothing and donate all proceeds to victims of domestic abuse.

She said she understands that some people don’t believe she was a victim of domestic abuse, but that she still sees that to be true.

She showed the jury a picture of her best friend and said she didn’t testify on her behalf because she received threats.

Her lawyers have said Arias is the only witness they’ll call to testify on her behalf.

The judge instructed jurors they can consider a handful of factors when deciding what sentence to recommend, including the fact that Arias has no previous criminal record.


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1handymandave(419 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Last week she said she'd rather die than spend her life in prison. The customer should always get what they want.

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2gdog4766(1403 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Those that ask for mercy the most, give it the least.

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3LtMacGowan(633 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Opposing the death penalty in this case for me has nothing to do with Mercy but the fact that as long as capital punishment is carried out invariably innocent people will be executed because of false convictions. The best way to prevent that from happening is to ban the death penalty and commute those sentences to Life without the possibility for parole.

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4Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

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"The best way to prevent that from happening is to ban the death penalty and commute those sentences to Life without the possibility for parole."

So you can murder whoever you want to and the worse thing you will get is, 3 meals a day, medical care, cable, rec time, library, church, etc. The hell with the victims family and loved ones just as long as the murderer is taken care of. Real fair.

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