Is this not the same person who asked to be executed immediately? She should make up her mind already! Though I doubt its up to her! Plus, what is she high on? Does she think all the other people on death row wound up there because they could not think up a grand scheme for how they would contribute to society? I personally do NOT support the death penalty for any reason, but justice must be served for the man she murdered. She is right. Lock her up and throw the key away.
The convicted murderer, who told jurors that the death penalty would hurt her family, promises she’ll start literacy and recycling programs if sentenced to life in prison.
BY CAROL KURUVILLA / THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Jodi Arias, convicted murderer, wants another chance.
The Arizona woman has backtracked from her previous plea for death, now telling the jury that she can contribute to society if she’s allowed to live.
Addressing the same eight men and four women who found her guilty of first-degree murder, a trembling Arias promised that her life behind bars would not be wasted. She has plenty of ideas about how to bring about positive changes, including donating her hair to be made into wigs for cancer victims, designing T-shirts that would raise money for victims of domestic abuse and helping recycle trash.
She believes that last plan would greatly reduce the “huge loads” of waste taken to landfills.
“It could create new jobs and have a far-reaching impact on the planet,” she said.
The penalty phase of Arias’ trial continued on Tuesday as Arias spoke to the jurors that held her life in their hands. The former waitress spent years denying that she killed her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in his suburban Phoenix home. In court, she apologized for the pain she caused his family.
“I loved Travis and I looked up to him,” Arias said. “This is the worst mistake of my life. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done.”
She said she considered suicide, but didn’t kill herself after Alexander’s death because of her love for her own family.
Arias then used an overhead projector to display dozens of pictures from her childhood, including photos of her family and former boyfriends, in an apparent attempt to present herself in a positive light.
“Here I am with Bobby, in our dirty little house,” she said, clicking through the photos. “We didn’t have power or heat. In the winter we could see our breath. My parents didn’t support this relationship. I’m reminded of that Charles Dickens quote, ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.'”
The slideshow also included photos of her artwork, including paintings of Elvis and her niece, ABC News reports.
Arias promised to start a book club and teach other inmates how to read, hoping to “stimulate conversations of a higher nature.” She also said that she’ll continue donating her hair to Locks of Love, noting that she had already done so three times. Arias then held up a white T-shirt with the word “survivor” printed across the front. She said she would sell the clothing and donate all proceeds to victims of domestic abuse.
The woman is sticking to her story that the brutal attack — which included stabbing and slashing Alexander nearly 30 times, shooting him in the head and nearly decapitating him — was her defense against abuse.
Soon after she was found guilty of murder earlier this month, Arias told a local reporter that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail. The woman was reportedly placed on suicide watch.
“Longevity runs in my family and I don’t want to spend the rest of my natural life in one place,” Arias told Fox affiliate KSAZ. “I believe death is the ultimate freedom and I’d rather have my freedom as soon as I can get it.”
During her turnabout on Tuesday, Arias claimed that she “lacked perspective” during that interview.
“As I stand here now I can’t in good consciousness ask you to sentence me to death because of them,” Arias said as she pointed to her family in the courtroom. “Asking for death is tantamount to suicide. Either way I am going to be spending the rest of my life in prison …. I’m asking you please, please don’t do that to them. I’ve already hurt them so badly, along with so many other people.”
She showed the jury a picture of her best friend and said she didn’t testify on her behalf because she had been “threatened and harassed.”
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.
With the Associated Press