Jodi Arias is a party girl. Does that mean she is guilty of murder?
Jodi Arias is on trial for alleging murdering Travis Alexander (see “Jodi Arias: Who Is the Admitted Arizona Killer?”).
Jodi Arias is a woman that many can't keep their eyes off of--a soft-spoken, small-framed 32-year-old who last year won a jailhouse Christmas caroling contest. But she is also an admitted killer who is now on trial in Arizona for the 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.
So what? Why has that simple statement generated so much attention around the world? An ex-girlfriend murdering her ex-boyfriend, while not as common as the other way around, happens every single day multiple times around the world. What is so special about this case then?
The obvious answer is that while the procedural facts of the case are not that unusual, there has been quite a lot of attention focused lately on female killers. Everyone is well aware of the danger that single men armed with dangerous weapons pose, so when the killer is a young, attractive women, just like Casey Anthony, that fact in itself is unusual and interesting, at least from the media’s perspective.
So does she have a defense to the charge? Of course she does. For example, despite Nancy Grace’s typically silly opinion that this couldn’t be self defense because the crime scene was so bloody (see “Jodi Arias' Self Defense Claim Is 'Really Disturbing' Says Nancy Grace”).
These crime scene photos make me nauseous, and I have seen all sorts of crime in my time. They are some of the worst I have ever seen, and I can see from the photos that this was not self defense. This murder cannot be justified as self defense.
At the risk of stating the obvious, every single crime scene where a knife and gun were used will be sickening, whether or not it was justifiable or a crime. That is just the nature of violent deaths, and Nancy Grace’s amateurish opinion is nothing more than someone saying “I think she guilty because I don’t like her”.
And that is my biggest concern with this trial. The prosecutor’s in the Casey Anthony case seemed to believe that Casey Anthony was guilty of murdering her daughter because she was a party girl with unusual habits. With that in mind, I hope that as this trial unfolds, the prosecution will have more than just Jodi Arias was a party girl too.