On May 20, 2013, Jodi Arias returns to the Maricopa Superior Courthouse where she will give testimony before the jury why they should give her a life sentence instead of the death penalty. Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in the June 4, 2008, death of her lover Travis Alexander. The jury determined that the manner of murder used was extremely cruel, qualifying her for the death
Here is the list as presented in the courtroom.
1. Jodi Arias was 27-years-old at the time of the murder
2. Jodi Arias has no prior criminal history
3. Jodi Arias was a good friend
4. Jodi Arias lacked support from her family
5. Jodi Arias suffered abuse and neglect as a child and as an adult
6. Jodi Arias tried to make the best of her life
7. Jodi Arias consistently tried to improve herself
8. Jodi Arias is a talented artist
Prosecutor Juan Martinez immediately took issue with the mitigating factors as announced by Kirk Nurmi as he will most likely do again today.
From looking over the list there are several factors that may be viewed as more controversial than the
others. These include number 3 and number 8.
Number 3 states that Jodi Arias was a good friend -- to whom? A good friend when she was a child? Jodi Arias was supposed to be Travis Alexander's friend and look what happened to him! How about the fact that Jodi Arias called Travis Alexander a pedophile from the stand? Is that a good friend? How about sending irises to his grieving grandmother after she slaughtered Travis Alexander? She not only murdered the man, but she murdered his reputation from the stand!
The second point is number 8 where it states that Jodi Arias is a talented artist?
Do you have any idea how many murderers have talents?
How about Charles Manson as a songwriter and guitarist? What about John Wayne Gacy and his creepy clown art?
Are you so blown away by Jodi Arias' artwork that you think she should be allowed to sit in prison for the rest of her life just so she can draw?
How about Travis Alexander's talents? No one gave him the chance to finish that book he was writing? He was a talented writer and desperately wanted to finish his book and have it published.
So, let me get this straight -- Jodi Arias gets to murder Travis Alexander and rob him from his dream of becoming a talented, published author -- but she gets to sit in prison and draw pictures (and sell them no doubt) because she is a talented artist?
What do you think?
Should the jury spare Jodi Arias' life so she can draw?
Click the video below to watch the video where Kirk Nurmi present his case for eight, mitigating factors. The final videos feature the entire court proceeding from May 16, 2012, with Juan Martinez challenging Kirk Nurmi's statements.
The trial begins on May 20, 2013, at 10 a.m. PT; 1 p.m. ET. You may watch Jodi Arias testify on eight mitigating factors in the penalty phase of the trial streaming live online in the video player above.