The Jodi Arias trial continues, but it looks like the accused murderer is continuing her tactic of making the victim look like someone who deserved what happened to him. She's been on the witness stand for over a week, dancing around the very meat of the matter that the jury needs to hearÂ—the night of the murder. Instead, it seems as though Arias is simply trying to get the jury to know her, so as to be swayed against putting her to death. In the meantime, she's doing what she can to describe Travis Alexander as a liar, as well as a sexual deviant and possible pedophile.
Experts via more than one source seem to agree that Jodi Arias is trying to "elicit sympathy from jurors," to avoid the death penalty if she is convicted of first degree murder. This is a smart tactic for someone who is facing a possible execution in the state of Arizona, but it's also angering. It's hard to fathom the thought processes used by a person who has already confessed to stabbing the man she loved repeatedly before slicing his throat and shooting him in the head (even if she did say it was in self defense).
Prosecutors say jealousy and rage led Jodi to brutally murdering Travis Alexander, contradicting her claims that she acted in self defense. Arias says that Alexander led a sort of double life, pretending to be a devout and virtuous Mormon on the outside while living the life of a sexually promiscuous deviant behind closed doors. She's claimed that he had an attraction to young boys as well.
Who do you believe? Jodi or the prosecution? Do you blame the presumed victim for what happened to him or do you think Jodi acted in cold blood and calculation? While it's easy to believe that this woman could be heartless and brutal monster, it's also worth considering the possibility that she was in an abusive and sexually depraved relationship. There are recordings of phone sex between the two, indicating already that he was not the virtuous and religious person that he was claiming to be on the outside. However, that does not in any way indicate that he was an abusive pedophile who deserved to die.