Jodi Arias sentencing hearing was today and I missed a lot of it and am going to have to rewatch it on Youtube .
First, the Alexander family gave victim impact statements. Travis Alexander’s aunt Heather Schafer went first. She had to quit her job in Ohio to be in court. She pleaded with the judge to “Sentence this unrependent murderer to the natural sentence of life.”
The sisters all gave statements to the judge weeping while once again outlining their losses, and the damage to Travis’ reputation. Hillary, the baby sister talks about having breakdowns in the shower because that is where he was killed. Tanisha says that Jodi supporters harass her send her photos of Travis’ body. Tanisha was crying so hard she could barely be understood. Juan seemed choked up too. When Jodi was sentenced Tanisha screamed out “Burn in Hell!” Judge Stephens seemed to wipe a tear. Then Samantha addressed the court she talked about Travis lying dead in the shower for five days decomposing while his soul was crying out for his body to be found. Samantha said more than once she was sorry that the judge was getting backlash from the public and she appreciated her. She also said they have been failed by the justice system when the death penalty was not ordered. She said that Jodi stuck out like a sore thumb at the memorial with an evil smirk on her face just like her mugshot.
Juan Martinez gave a statement to counter the defense who will say that the possibility of parole will give Jodi hope. He talks about how the family had hope for a death sentence, and now their last hope is life without parole. He talks about them thinking about Jodi stabbing Travis and their hope that he was unconscious by that point but they know he probably wasn’t.
Jodi’s mother spoke in court for the first time. She said that Jodi was a victim of domestic abuse and acted in self-defense and fought for her life. Her mother also said, “Our lives have been forever changed. … We will stand by her always. “I in no way condone what she has done but I understand it. I hope you find it in your heart to see what a good person Jodi is.” Ugh….I can’t with this.
I’m trying to find a complete text of Jodi’s statement. Suffice it to say she came out swinging at the Alexander family! WTF? It seemed as thought Jodi was not planning to say anything and then got pissed off and the family and decided to respond to their heart wrenching statements. The first thing she says is that she wants to respond to some of the things that were said (by the Alexander family).
“My legal team and I tried to settle this case on four different occasions. What Samantha said was not accurate. I was not the one who refused to settle this trial. It was Travis’ family who not only refused to settle and insisted on both trial, but then bragged about it all over social media. Including posting a group photograph the steps of this very courthouse hold out all of their thumbs down.”
“It’s my firm belief that death would bring me untold peace and freedom. That’s my personal belief. If I die today, I would be free and I would be at peace. For years that is exactly what I wanted, but I had to fight for my life just like on June 4th 2008, because I realized how selfish it would be for me to escape accountability for this mess that I’ve created.” (THIS MESS? Jesus)
Jodi then listed her entire family tree. I supposed the point is that they would feel sad if she could not get parole. Whatever. As she is doing this a baby cries in the vicinity of where the Alexander family is seated. Jodi turns around and shoot an evil look in that direction. It’s pretty chilling.
“I did not drag Travis through the mud. I protected Travis’ reputation for years. I did say he was an influential person. I kept his skeletons in the closet all to my own detriment for years.”
She actually says “When I was on the stand, I told the truth.”
The most horrific and shocking things she said was “I do remember the moment the knife went into Travis’ throat,” Arias said. “He was still conscious. He was trying to attack me. It was I who was trying to get away, not Travis. And I finally did. I never wanted to be that way judge. The gunshot did not come last it come first when Travis lunged at me. Just as I testified to and just as Flores testified to before he and “Juan” got together to change their story for trial. OMG.
It seems “the fog” has lifted. She remembers every moment.
“As for not being abused? Maybe I was not as badly abused as Travis and his siblings were by their parents. OMG! But I didn’t consider it abuse either. That was discipline in my family. I didn’t realize it was abuse. But it was. So for Samantha to say that I was not abused was wrong.”
She really seems to have it in for Samantha.
“The most important thing that I have to say is that I am immensely sorry for the pain that I have caused the people that loved Travis. I never thought I would cause so many people so much pain. I live every day wishing I could undo what I did to Travis and wishing I could take away their pain and put it on to myself.
“To this day I cannot believe I was capable of doing something that terrible. I’m truly disgusted and I’m repulsed with myself. I wish there was some way I could take it back. that’s all I have.”
Jodi was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, or as they call it in Arizona, “natural life.” Because, Arizona.
Willmott tells the media after the sentence that she believes that Jodi was a victim in the relationship. She says she believed all along this was a second degree murder case. She says Jodi is doing fine and ready for the next phase of her life. Um, okay.
Nurmi has asked for permission to withdraw. He did not stand with Jodi at sentencing. He did not give any interviews. He just wants it to be over.
If you are not ready for it to be over, you can read all my Jodi Posts here. Some of them are actually quite funny if I do say so myself. You might be able to tell which from the titles.