Life or Death


For the past four months, I have been following the trial of Jodi Ann Arias; a woman that has formally been charged with the brutal murder of her then ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias stabbed him 27 times, slashed his throat from ear to ear and shot him in the head. She gave three vastly different statements regarding his murder. First, she said she was no where near his home in Arizona. However, after being interrogated by investigators that placed her at the crime scene, she admitted that she was there, but that two Ninjas had killed Travis and mysteriously let her go.  A few years before she would stand trial, Arias admitted that she did in fact kill Travis, but that she did so in self-defense.

Watching Arias on trial was very disturbing. She spent 18 days on the stand, testalying about Travis. She said he was abusive, hypocritical and a pedafile. None of those accusations were ever proven. But that did not stop Arias from attempting to assasinate his character even more; all in the name of sparing her life.

But what is life? Life is a precious gift that God gives us to live; something that should be valued and respected. In my opinion, Arias does not value life at all. She does not value her life, nor the lives of others. Even though she spent a lot of time taking pictures that highlighted the beauty in life; she made a horrible decision to take Travis’ life senselessly.

At this phase of the trial, the jury has the responsibility of determining if she lives or dies. Now, I have always been opposed to the death penalty because I feel like whomever takes someone’s life through lethal injection, electric chair, etc. is no different that the murderer being killed. But honestly, Jodi needs some type of justifiable consequence to her horrific actions; and perhaps, death is the way. I still feel uneasy about her life being taken…even though she told a reporter that she prefers death because it is, “the ultimate freedom.”

All in all, I feel that God is the only one who should be responsible for choosing if someone lives or dies; he gave us life, so he should be the only one eligible to take it away.