Jodi Arias Murder Trial November 19th
FROM HLN- Jane Valez-Mitchell show: Editor’s note: On November 19, Jodi Arias is scheduled to stand trial for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. She says she killed him in self-defense. Alexander’s sister, Tanisha Sorenson answered some questions in an email exchange with HLNTV/In Session multimedia producer Graham Winch.
Tanisha Sorenson wants the woman who is accused of killing her brother to pay the ultimate price.
“I know this might sound creepy, but I hope to get to watch her die someday after she’s on death row. Even if it’s in 20 years from now, the death penalty is what she deserves, though she most likely won’t get it and instead will get some life sentence,” said Sorenson in an email to HLN.
Jodi Arias has said that she killed Alexander, who was her ex-boyfriend, in self-defense because he got violent with her. Arias will go on trial in November for Alexander’s death. She faces the death penalty if convicted.
In June, 2008, Alexander’s roommates found his mutilated body in a shower at his Mesa, Arizona, home. Alexander, a Mormon motivational speaker, was found with his throat slit from ear to ear. According to police, he’d also been shot in the face and stabbed 27 times. Prosecutors say Arias killed Alexander after he decided to distance himself from their sexual relationship.
Sorenson says she wants Arias’ trial to begin without any more delays.
“I pray and hope this trial isn’t delayed again and it actually does start jury selection Nov. 19, but I won’t be surprised if it is delayed, just because it’s been delayed so much. It will all be worth it when this evil person is convicted,” said Sorenson.
Authorities say Arias has given several stories about Alexander’s death. First, Arias said she wasn’t with him when he was killed, but police say they found a camera at the scene showing Arias and Alexander in suggestive poses, along with photos of Alexander’s body.
Later, Arias said two intruders killed Alexander. Now, she’s saying she killed him in self-defense because he got violent with her.
“I mean she really thought she wasn’t going to get caught and messed up too many times. She thinks she can be that cunning and charming that she’ll be able to have a jury believe her after all this, that she can play the self-defense card after all her previous stories didn’t work out for her,” said Sorenson.
HLN has reached out to Arias’ attorneys for a comment regarding these allegations. Our calls were not immediately returned.
The defense had argued that Arias should not face death because she had not planned to kill Alexander and his death was an act of self-defense.
Despite the hate and anger she feels toward Arias, Sorenson is full of love for her brother.
“Travis was an amazing person and a great example for me. His death was so hard for me, we are the closest in age. After his death, I decided to become a better person and become active in our church and am thankful for the Gospel in which brings some peace to my heart and mind knowing that I will see my brother, my parents, and eternal family again someday. I look forward to the day I get to give him a great big hug,” said Sorenson
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