Though Jodi has admitted to the 2008 killing of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, on Feb. 25 she declared herself innocent of the first degree murder charge she’s facing while on the stand. Claiming self-defense, she’s hoping to avoid the death penalty. Read on for more details.
Jodi Arias has been on trial since January 2, 2013 in Maricopa County Superior Court for the 2008 murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, after she was indicted on July 9, 2008 on a first degree murder charge. On Feb. 6, 2013, she testified that she had killed Travis in self-defense, and on Feb. 25, claimed she was innocent of the charge against her, which carries the threat of the death penalty if she is found guilty.
Jodi Arias’ Murder Trial: Claims Murder Was Not Premeditated
“It’s the truth. I’m innocent of that charge,” Jodi told prosecutor Juan Martinez. “You truly believe that you didn’t do anything wrong here?” he asked in disbelief.
“I believed that I knew that I was not guilty of first-degree murder and I did plan to be dead,” she answered, referring to an earlier claim that she planned to commit suicide.
Jodi Admits She Killed Her Boyfriend & Lied About Her Involvement
Jodi has already admitted that she lied for months and years after killing Travis, telling friends and investigators that she didn’t have anything to do with his horrifically violent death, during which he was stabbed 27 times, his throat was slashed, and he was shot in the head.
The 32-year-old murder suspect said on the stand that she lied to investigators out of shame, not out of self-preservation, ABC News reports. “My mind wasn’t right during all that period,” she said. “It’s like I wasn’t accepting it in my mind…because I never killed anyone before.”
Jodi’s Interview With ‘Inside Edition': ‘No Jury Is Going To Convict Me’
While awaiting trial, Jodi was interviewed by Inside Edition, where she proclaimed, “No jury is going to convict me…because I am innocent and you can mark my words on that. No jury is going to convict me.” During this interview, she presented her own version of events, saying that two unknown individuals attacked her and Travis. She said she was “miraculously” spared after the attackers’ gun misfired, giving her time to escape the home. In this version of events, she never made any attempts to get help for wounded Travis.
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