The video entitled “Murder in the First Degree inside the Arias Trial HD Commercial Free” provides shocking details in the Jodi Arias case. Five years since she killed her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Alexander, and after four months of trials and testimonies, the verdict was “guilty of first-degree murder.” Therefore, after watching the testimonies in the graphic video, the intention is to contemplate the evidence and conclude whether I agree or disagree with the Jury’s decision. As such, the video has numerous pieces of evidence that include visual contents and audio recordings. The proofs in the footage beg the questions; whether Jodi Arias was guilty, the refutability or irrefutability of the verdict, and if she deserved it.
In the State of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias case, the latter was accused of viciously murdering her ex-boyfriend, Trevor Alexander, notwithstanding their inordinate sexual relationship. The deceased was a compelling motivational speaker, and after meeting Jodi in Vegas, they had instant extraordinary feelings. Both were from very obnoxious family backgrounds. Notably, their relationship deteriorated due to Jodi’s mistrustfulness over Trevor’s attraction to other women; however, they remained friends with benefits. Jodi’s obsession with Trevor was indubitably extreme as she would use whatsoever means to stalk him; including hacking into his emails.
Trevor’s dead body was discovered on Monday, June 9th, 2008, 90 minutes into midnight in Martini Ranch, Arizona. Having disappeared for five days, his friend went looking and found him pitilessly murdered. Their immediate suspect was Jodi Arias. In her first version of the story, the suspect repudiated the killing and her presence in Trevor’s house. However, her handprint, hair and Trevor’s camera incriminated her. The camera’s evidence corroborated that Jodi was at the crime scene. While still in police custody one day after rebuffing involvement, Jodi altered her story to a second version. She appealed that two intruders broke into Trevor’s house and confronted them. The defendant used the second version in the court of public opinion on the Inside Edition. She upheld her guiltlessness until two years later when her attorneys revealed that she would adjust her story. In her third version, she pleaded guilty to murder in self-defense. After a couple of hearings and inquiries from the Jury, they ruled that she was guilty of count one first-degree murder.
Firstly, I think the defense strategy was to inculpate the victim and gain sympathy. However, the fact that she used force, stabbed him 29 times, almost decapitated and shot him in the head only complicated this argument. For instance, the defense called a witness from Trevor’s church hoping to substantiate his immorality. Importantly, they wished to demonstrate that due to their bizarre sexual encounters, Jodi was Trevor’s dirty little secret. In the same way, she sought to sympathize with the Jury by admitting loving Trevor despite his “demeaning” character. For instance, she recounted that the day Trevor baptized her was supposed to be a new beginning, but it was more the same. Jodi admitted that Trevor had anal sex with her, which made her feel like a used piece of paper. The defense resolutely destroyed Trevor’s reputation by demonstrating text messages where he treated Jodi like a sex slave. Hence, by proving that Trevor was abusive, controlling, and secretive, the defense sought to gain empathy.
The prosecution demonstrated to the court how Jodi attempted a cover-up by leaving a message on Trevor’s phone. Their strategy was to prove that Jodi is a liar. For instance, prosecutor Juan Martinez demonstrated that Jodi used her grandfather’s gun and not Trevor’s. Therefore, in my view, the physical environment in the crime scene attested that Jodi was lying. From the moment she changed her story to a second and third version, the prosecutor, the juror and case analysts appeared to be seeking to unveil Jodi’s real personality. At this point, I principally uphold their opinions. Therefore, the prosecutor’s style is inspiring and agreeable: Jodi was deceitful and manipulative. Consequently, I believe that justice was served since the homicide was premeditated and, therefore, qualifies as first-degree murder.
The principal argument from the prosecution was premeditation, which is the road to first-degree murder. Admittedly, this is the observation I like the most. The trial proves that Jodi reflected upon the plan to kill Trevor. In an infrequent occurrence, the jury asked Jodi numerous questions including why she finally decided to tell the truth after two years. It begged the question whether they did so to test Jodi’s truthfulness. In the final hearing, the prosecution claimed that besides Jodi being guilty of murder, she was a liar and manipulative. As such, the Jury found the defendant guilty of count one first-degree murder after four months of testimonies.
It is my obligation, as a human service professional, to make my client feel relaxed before facing the Jury. Although the prosecutor criticized the evidence on such disorders, it is crucial to seek assistance from the two psychologists. Having grown in a family full of violence, Jodi must have anticipated living a healthy life. Thus, I would prepare her for the court decision and the aftermath by giving her hope that even in prison she would have a chance to change other people’s lives. For instance, immediately after conviction, Jodi claimed without signs of remorse that she would rather die than spend life in prison. It is vital to prepare her for the verdict since death is not the consummate selection. I must counsel her and provide full assistance after that. At this point, organizing prayers and divine intervention from her church, with her consent, would be imperative to make her feel redeemable and loved regardless of her actions.
Despite agreeing with the verdict, I feel like the court did not critically evaluate the evidence from the defense on Trevor’s concealed evil behavior just because he was dead. Despite being the accused, Jodi was subjected to immoral practices, some of which she enjoyed at that time. Nevertheless, I find it strange that Jodi claimed to have no memories of the stabbing incidence. According to Beth Karas on TruTV, since Jodi remembered particulars from years before, she was lying. Therefore, I think that Jodi’s tactic to escape prison or death sentence was by lying to and manipulating the prosecutor and the Jury. Hence, two wrongs do not make a right. Similarly, Trevor was evil and would still be answerable were he alive.