With her life in the hands of jurors who recently convicted her of brutally killing her boyfriend, Jodi Arias told them she would donate her hair to cancer patients if they would allow her to live.
Arias, 32, begged for her life in a statement to jurors during the penalty phase of her trial. Along with donating her hair, she told the eight-man, four-woman jury that she will help recycle trash and design T-shirts that would raise money for victims of domestic abuse.
Arias made the offer in exchange for life after admitting to killing Travis Alexander in 2008 by stabbing him 29 times, shooting him in the head and nearly decapitating him. She claimed she was abused, but added that the murder was the "worst thing" she had ever done.
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Her statement included a slideshow, props and a quote from Charles Dickens as she asked jurors to spare her life for the sake of her family.
Arias' attorneys presented no witnesses to testify on her behalf this week in the mitigating phase of the trial, in which they asked the jury to sentence her with leniency. The jury will determine whether Arias will spend the rest of her life in prison or be put to death.
Dressed in all black and wearing glasses, Arias told the jury that, though she previously said to reporters and others that she would prefer the death penalty
, she no longer felt that way.
“I have made statements that I would prefer death, but I lacked perspective,” Arias told jurors. “To me, life in prison was the most unappealing outcome I could think of. I thought I'd rather die. Either way, I'm going to spend rest of my life in prison. It will either be shortened or not. If it is shortened, the people that will be hurt the most will be my family. Please don't do that to them. I've already hurt them so much, and I want everyone's pain to stop.”
Some mocked Arias’ promise to donate her hair on social media. Teddi Hall sarcastically tweeted to the Huffington Post: “geez . . that changes everything.”
Other commenters said regardless of the outcome, Arias' end will be better than Alexander’s.
“The real irony is even if Arias were sentenced to be executed, and they ever actually carried it out she'd be offered a far more humane, and virtually pain free death than what she gave Travis Alexander,” said one commenter on CNN.com. “Just imagine what her reaction would be if they announced her method of execution would be to be stabbed 29 times, the have her throat slit from ear to ear, and finally be shot in the head after two minutes of pain and bleeding out.”
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