Jodi Arias: ‘I'll Donate My Hair’; Should The Convicted Murderer Get The Death Penalty? [POLL]
"I'll donate my hair," Jodi Arias said during a 19-minute speech in front of the jury on Tuesday. Arias, who was convicted of first degree murder for the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, also said she would start a recycling program and a book club in prison, if the jury allowed her to live.
Arias, who stabbed Alexander 29 times, shot him in the face and slit his neck from ear to ear, faces the death penalty for the murder after the jury decided that the murder was "exceptionally cruel."
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Jury deliberations on Arias' fate resumed Wednesday. According to HLN TV, the jury met for about an hour-and-a-half on Tuesday to discuss Arias' sentencing. The convicted murderer, if given the death penalty, would receive a lethal injection for her crime.
Earlier this month, Arias was quoted as saying she'd rather die than spend the rest of her life behind bars. The comment was made during a post-conviction, televised interview.
"I said years ago that I'd rather get death than life, and that still is true today," she told Phoenix television station KSAZ. "I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it."
But on Tuesday, when given a chance to plead her case against receiving the death penalty, Arias whistled a different tune. During her speech to the jury, Arias said that she'd rather receive life in prison so that she could help illiterate people learn to read and make a positive impact on inmates. "I'll donate my hair," was among her promises.
"I didn't know then that if I got life instead of death that I could become employed and self-reliant," she said in court. "I didn't know that if I got life there are many things I can do to affect positive change and contribute in a meaningful way. In prison there are programs I can start and people I can help."
"If I get permission, I'd like to implement a recycling program... each week, huge loads of waste are hauled off to landfill. A substantial proportion of that could be kept out of landfill and recycled instead. It may even create new jobs for the people there. This is one small thing that could have a positive and far-reaching impact on the community and planet," said Arias. "I'd like to start a book club or reading group. Something that brings people together in a positive and constructive way so that we can share and recommend other good books and stimulate discussions of a higher nature."
If Arias receives the death penalty, she will be the third woman ever to be executed in the state of Arizona, iScience Times reported.
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