May 8, 2013 - Updated - After being convicted in Arizona of first degree murder for the brutal 2008 killing of her former boyfriend, Jodi Arias told Fox 10 KSAZ that she hopes for the death penalty. She said whe would "prefer to die sooner than later" and that "death is the ultimate freedom."
It is doubtful that Travis Alexander, her dead ex, preferred "to die sooner than later. Arias admitted killing her onetime boyfriend Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008 but she initially denied any involvement. Later, she said masked intruders killed Alexander. But, says an Associated Press report, "two years after her arrest, she said it was self-defense when the victim attacked her after a day of sex."
That's an amazing statement by Arias. No premeditation on her part? According to FoxNews, "Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the forehead and had his throat slit before Arias dragged his body into his shower. He was found by friends about five days later. Authorities said Alexander fought for his life as Arias attacked him in a blitz, but he soon grew too weak to defend himself." In his opening statement to jurors, prosecutor Juan Martinez said that, "Mr. Alexander did not die calmly." Not premeditated? For Arias to say that seems only consistent with her narcissistic, creepy behavior in the past.
|Creepy murderess Jodi Arias. Photo: FoxNews|
Even though she said she would prefer the death penalty, Arias can't just choose the death penalty. It's not up to her. "It is up to the jury to make a sentencing ecommendation, and the judge will then make the final decision," notes FoxNews. "If she were sentenced to death, she could decide not to appeal to speed up the process, but it could still take years to play out as she lives under punishing conditions on death row."
If Jodi Arias gets her wish for execution, she will be able to "die quietly." I generally favor the death penalty for first degree murder. In this case, it would be poetic justice to let Arias live a long and miserable life. But then again, I've never been a big fan of poetry. I say we grant the death wish of Jodi Arias. She's doing the state a favor, after all, by not mounting expensive legal appeals. If she dies, she will save the taxpayers of Arizona many hundreds of thousands of dollars, potentially for the next 40-50 years of her natural life. Kill Jodi Arias. We'll all be better off for it. On reconsideration. that would be nicely poetic.