Jodi Arias Trial: Accused Murderer Raising Money for Domestic Violence Victims with ‘Survivor’ T-Shirts
Monday, May 6, 2013
While Arizona jurors mull her fate, accused murderer Jodi Arias is raising money for victims of domestic violence from behind bars.
Arias is selling T-shirts on her website, jodiarias.com, with proceeds going to the Long Beach Women’s Shelter and the non-profit organization Reach Beyond Domestic Violence.
While money from the sales will also be used to keep her family in town during the trial, Arias insists she is not making a profit from her artwork.
The shirts, available in both black and white, have “Survivor” written on the front, and cost $15.
“Please join me in the efforts to support other survivors of domestic violence,” Arias wrote Sunday in a Twitter account maintained by a friend.
Jodi Arias looks to her family during closing arguments in Phoenix court on Friday. Arias is accused of repeatedly stabbing former boyfriend Travis Alexander, slitting his throat and shooting him in the head in 2008 in Mesa, Ariz.
The eight men and four women on the Phoenix jury are mulling Arias’ claims that she killed Alexander in self-defense, while the prosecution maintains Arias was a scorned lover who planned the killing.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Arias could face life in prison or a death sentence. The jury has the option of finding Arias guilty of second-degree murder if they find the slaying was not premeditated.
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Criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Taylor, an observer in the courtroom, said the defense was impressive in raising reasonable doubt about premeditation.