“Oh Holy Crap!” Jodi Arias Verdict: Guilty of First Degree Murder!

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jodioholynight “No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that.”

“Oh Holy Crap!” Well folks it’s finally happened: A jury in the USA has digested the gory details of a heinous crime, patiently suffered through weeks of testimony, withstood the hurricane winds of the media circus, and returned a verdict the public was HUNGRY– not to mention dying –to hear (pun very much intended). The Jodi Arias Verdict: Guilty of First Degree Murder!

jodi5There is little doubt in this DUI- Criminal Defense Attorney’s Mind that everyone in Columbia, South Carolina & beyond has an opinion on this one. So before this Columbia, S.C. Lawyer opines, let me just run down the sequence of key dates that brought us to this point, then open the door to you for your opinions on thissun’!

The Jodi Arias murder trial has drawn international attention for its graphic tales of lewd and lascivious behavior and incredulity.It does not matter in what light you cast her,jodilight Jodi Arias has a sordid history! The following is a sequence of some of the key dates and occurrences  in this circus of a tragedy:

September 2006: Arias and Travis Alexander meet at a work convention in Las Vegas and quickly enter into a fragile and volatile long-distance relationship. Arias, an aspiring  photographer, lives in California and visits Alexander in  Phoenix. (Travis Alexander is a Devout Mormon and works as a salesman and motivational speaker.)

November 2006: The 26-year-old Arias is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church)
June 2007: Arias and Alexander’s relationship is finished, but they continue to see each other for pure sex. Weeks later, Arias re-locates to Arizona, where she waits tables and cleans Alexander’s home for extra spending money. Jodi Arias then re-re-locates back to California in spring 2008.jodi mormon
May 29, 2008: A .25 caliber gun is reported stolen from the home of Arias’ grandparents, where Arias has been living.
June 4, 2008: Whilst embarked on a road trip to Utah to court another co-worker and sexual interest, Arias  detours to Arizona to visit the 30-year-old Alexander. Arias and Alexander have sex at his home, then snap provocative pornographic photographs of each other.jodi porn It is now undisputed that during this very visit, Arias brutally murders Alexander.
June 5, 2008: With blood still on her hands, the next morning Arias continues to Utah, where she unites with the other sex interest.
June 9, 2008: Friends find Alexander’s mutilated body in his shower and call 911. He had been shot in the head with a .25 caliber, and stabbed and slashed nearly 30 times. Authorities later find Arias’ hair and bloody palm print at the scene, along with time-stamped photos in a camera discovered inside Alexander’s washing machine.jodislashed
July 9, 2008: A grand jury indicts the 28-year-old Arias on first-degree murder.
July 15, 2008: Arias is arrested at her grandparents’ home. She maintains she wasn’t involved in Alexander’s slaying, telling a detective: “I don’t even hurt spiders.”
jodi2 Sept. 5, 2008: Arias is extradited to Arizona. A public defender is later assigned to represent her.
Sept. 11, 2008: Arias pleads not guilty.
jodi4September 2008: Arias recounts to various media outlets that two masked intruders attacked her and killed Alexander. In a jailhouse interview with “Inside Edition,” Arias says: “No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that.”
Oct.  2008: Prosecutors file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. They contend Arias premeditated the attack and killed Alexander in a jealous fury.— August 2010: Arias changes her story about the killing, claiming self-defense.Dec. 2012: July selection begins. Eighteen potential jurors and alternates eventually are chosen.

_ Dec.  2012: Jodi Arias enters and WINS a talent show from prison, singing “O Holy Night” and winning “Turkey Dinners’ for all the Girls on her Cell blockjodistripes

“No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that.”

Jan. 2, 2013: Opening statements start. Artwork purportedly drawn by Arias soon begins selling online.

Jan. 8, 2013: Prosecutors show jurors bloody crime-scene photos. Arias appears shaken.jodidiagram

Feb. 4, 2013: Arias takes the witness stand. She testifies for 18 days, telling jurors that Alexander was physically and emotionally abusive. She says he turned violent the day of his death, forcing her to fight for her life. She says she lied about it earlier because she “planned to commit suicide.”

March 14, 2013: A defense expert testifies that Arias suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and amnesia, explaining why Arias can’t recall much from the day of the killing. Prosecutor Juan Martinez later questions the expert’s evaluation process, saying Arias was still lying at the time about having killed Alexander.

March-April 2013: Another defense witness tells jurors Arias was abused by Alexander and suffered from battered woman’s syndrome. A previous paper by the psychotherapist sparks a debate between her and Martinez over whether Snow White was an abused woman. Meanwhile, a prosecution expert maintains Arias has borderline personality disorder.

jodi1April 2, 2013: A juror is dismissed, reportedly for making statements that showed bias. By this time, the case is a tabloid and cable TV sensation, attracting spectators from around the country. Two more jurors eventually are released.jodi6

_ April 19, 2012:  My 50th Birthday, AND more importantly, Jurors are allowed to submit 200, that’s TWO-HUNDRED questions, directly to Arias under Arizona law.

May 2, 2013: Closing arguments begin. Prosecutors describe Arias as a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the savage attack.

May 3, 2013: Closing arguments conclude with Arias’ lawyer imploring jurors to take an impartial view of the case and his client, even if they don’t like her. The final 12 jurors are chosen, and they begin deliberations.

May 8, 2013: Jury reaches a verdict : Guilty of First Degree Murder!

“No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that.”

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Alexander’s naked body was stabbed 30 times and his throat slashed to the point of near-decapitation. The Jury decided that Jodi Arias premeditated this. It was not spontaneous. It was not the result of adequate provocation. She has milked her 17 weeks in the sun in an eerie way that will forever haunt American History. What should her punishment be? You have the facts. The Jury has spoken. Now it’s YOUR TURN. Please!

 

bubbaJ.L. Mann Cromer is an Attorney in Columbia, whose practice focuses on DUI Defense, Criminal Defense & Probate Administration and Estate Planning. Admitted to practice in South Carolina, California & The District of Columbia, “Bubba” has been in practice for 26 years. In addition to his Solo Practice at Cromer Law Offices, LLC, Bubba Served as the only true Independent In the S.C. Legislature from 1990-1998. For the past 16 years, he has Served as the Reading Clerk of the House. Bubba resides in Columbia, S.C. and Rosman, N.C. where he built a cabin 4 years ago. Bubba lives with his Hungarian Golden Retriever Casper (pictured).

25 thoughts on ““Oh Holy Crap!” Jodi Arias Verdict: Guilty of First Degree Murder!

  1. Buford Pusser on said:

    Ahhhh damn!

    God will forgive her, ask Mark Sanford.

    • Bubba on said:

      Wowsers! Thats a 3-pointer buford!

  2. just me on said:

    What a crazy nut job! to think that “no jury will convict me”!

  3. Lewis on said:

    Bubba, she’s prime subject matter for your next book. Nut job,for sure. Glad a jury could see through all that “I’m a victim” crap.

  4. Lib Tucker on said:

    I watched some of this trial and it was soon apparent that she was guilty of premeditated murder in the first degree. She stalked him after he broke up with her, traveled across three states, crawled in his house using a doggie door, stabbed him 27 times, slit his throat, then killed him for the third time by a gun shot to his face. Thank God a jury had the courage to convict her, even though she had promised that “no jury will find me guilty.”

  5. Sally Rhodes on said:

    She’s a dangerous sociopath in my opinion. Dec. 2012: Jodi Arias enters and WINS a talent show from prison, singing “O Holy Night” and winning “Turkey Dinners’ for all the Girls on her Cell block.

    • Bubba on said:

      I know, right?!? that was one of the most BIZARRE stunts I can remember. Shrinks will be dicing that one for decades!

  6. Isabelle Blanco on said:

    One of the best things at this trial is that the jury was able to ask questions. This should be the rule in all courts across the United States. And considering most of the questions the jury asked were not only better than the attorneys; they clearly showed they thought she was guilty of murder. The only thing that gave me pause was knowing Casey Anthony was set free when everyone thought the guilty verdict there was a given. Glad justice was done and I hope she gets the death penalty.

    • Bubba on said:

      Never thought about it that way. Up until this comment, I thought this was a really BAD idea. You’ve made me really re-think this one Isabelle! Thanks for the insight.

  7. George Corbett on said:

    Damn fine job by the jury. Now, find a tree and get a rope !!!

  8. Steve douglas on said:

    It was “Oh Holey Night”, wasn’t it? I heard that she volunteered to carve the turkeys she won for her cellblock in the singing contest, but by the time she finished, all her cellies had lost their appetites. Seems she’d insisted the turkeys be delivered alive.

  9. Aisha on said:

    Her whole defense was totally insane. Our justice system doesn’t always get it right, but in this case, justice was served. She should go away quietly and give his family peace!

  10. Mary on said:

    based on what I have seen, there is something seriously wrong with this girl, no matter what punishment is given, just don’t let her back on the streets!!! is it cheaper to go through the death penalty phase or would prison for life without parole be cheaper? she has gotten WAY too much attention already, I agree that she needs to “go away, quietly” …..

    • Bubba on said:

      Amen

    • Aisha on said:

      Yes! She is glory hog. Who is allowing her to Tweet from prison? She has way too many freedoms for someone who has finally been found guilty. She suffers from too many mental issues to ever communicate with the outside world. Was she crazy when she killed him? No! But she definitely believes she is deserving of notoriety.

  11. bubbadmin on said:

    “No jury is going to convict me. I am innocent, and you can mark my words on that.”

  12. Macy on said:

    FINALLY!!!! There is justice in the courtroom!

  13. Dave Farrell on said:

    Guilty as heck but not deserving of the DP IMO. Put her in a jail cell w/ Susan Smith and Gail Cutro and have a contest to see who is the craziest.

  14. Jim Hartman on said:

    I have no problem with the death penalty in appropriate circumstances. Jodi Arias is one of those circumstances.

  15. Buford Pusser on said:

    Um, Casey Anthony is innocent, leave her alone.

    If Arias is a sociopath, then I know a few myself.

    • Melissa on said:

      Buford please, for the love tell me you have some sick sense of humor or something? Other than a sociopath, who would drive across a couple of states, sneak in a doggie door, get her dirty on, take pornographic pictures, brutally murder a man and then just walk away on to her next sexual conquest like nothing happened? This chick is about a nutty as they come. How do you defend what she did. She should not be let out into society ever again.

      • Bubba on said:

        Um, i THINK buford is pullin’ out legs…. I hope so!

  16. Patrick Dorn on said:

    Pretty open and shut case really but the way that the media has been able to take over and sensationalize cases lately has been highly disturbing and in my opinion goes entirely against the way our legal system was meant to operate. That being said though this really was an easy verdict from what Ive been able to determine.

  17. Yet another opinion on said:

    Based on the limited information here, and given my lack of interest in television sensational trials, I could be wrong, but she seems to exhibit prototypical elements of a psychopath, and as such, would be a good candidate for an insanity defense. Self defense almost wholly relies on the sympathy of the juror, and would need to be well established to reasonably expect a jury to buy it in a trial. With all of the evidence, innocence was out of the question, and self defense was too thin.

    Insanity has it’s perks…good meds, better views outside the windows, better beds to sleep in…..

    Of course, convincing a psychopath to take the label….there’s the rub.

  18. Yet another opinion on said:

    Upon further research into the insanity plea, I’ve determined that my prowess for establishing a good defense may not be up to standard.

    I guess I do wonder what (if any) contributing factors exist in her background to cause her to be the way she is. Some things aren’t as cut and dry as people like to portend. I’m not trying to defend the girl, but honestly, in some cases, whether we see it this way or not, the brain really does make em’ do it.

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