On opening day of Jodi Aria’s trial, she ”cried” when the prosecutor spoke of her alleged evil deeds in stabbing her boyfriend 27 times and slashing his throat and then shooting him in the head. She also “cried” when her defense lawyer said that her acts we in self defense. But the crying she did for both the prosecution and defense’s arguments looked like what you see in the above photo, She hid her face and looked down.
That type of body language will not bode well for a jury because it looked fake and manipulative.
There has been a lot of talk that because Jodi Arias is so attractive, a jury will not convict her or give her the death penalty. There is a lot of truth to the fact that those who are judged to be more physically attractive are judged to be less guilty of committing crimes. Research for the past three decades has validated this. In the above photo blond, and curvy Arias looks very attractive.
But in court, she did not look that pretty or glamorous or sexy. Instead she looked like an average woman, which will put her on a evel playing field as far as the jury is concerned. The crying she showed in court was no doubt designed to make her look like a vulnerable victim. But in reality she oozes too much self confidence that verges on cockiness that the jury will detest.
The jury got a glimpse of this in an interview she did with Inside Edition where she stated emphatically that a jury will not convict her and to mark her words. I cannot imagine any attorney allowing their client to go on a tabloid magazine show to declare her innocence, So I can only assume that she did this on her own. It was a huge mistake for her to do this if she wants a jury to not convict her.
She also changed her story too many times which is a huge red flag to a jury. It says that she is a liar and they will assume the worst. The jury was shown the sexual and bloody photos of what she did to her boyfriend from photos that were retrieved from a camera she put in a washing machine to wash away the evidence.
A jury will never believe that she was a victim as they see the body language of photos of the two of them together.In this photo she looks like she is the dominant one in the relationship as she grabs her boyfriend by the chin in a move to try and control him.
This is another telling photo body language wise as he is pulled away from her while she leans on him.
She appears to have a sickening sweet tone which will turn a lot of people off. Whenever you hear someone with a high pitched baby girl tone, run, because there is often hidden anger and rage under such a contrived tone. There is also a monotone which is disconcerting and off-putting. Finally she appears to have a mask like appearance devoid of emotion. There is also a coldness to both her tone and facial expression which will not reflect well, especially of she takes the stand.
My view of what likely happened was that she got involved with a sexually inexperienced an naive young man with a Mormon background. According to his friends, he lost his virginity to her. At first it was exciting for him and he may have allowed her to take control over things, but as he spent more time with her he realized, as he confided to his friends , that she was not the type of woman she wanted to settle down with and marry.
When he apparently began dating other women, she obviously lot her control and hold over him which angered her. He tried to break up with her according to friends but she wouldn’t hear of it. Even though he wanted out there was a part of him that still enjoyed her sexually and that is why they were obviously together on the last day of life.
While she was taking photos of him in the shower and engaging in sex with him she must have felt there was hope for the relationship but then something happened that set her off. Perhaps he didn’t agree to get back together as a couple, or reciprocate and tell her that he loved her. Something that was said or not said clearly angered her to the point that she grabbed a weapon to stab him and keep stabbing him 27 times. She was in a fit of violent rage over the thought of not having him. She was so angry and violent with him that she slit his throat and just to make sure he was dead, shot him in the head.
To me this is clearly a crime of passion. The fact that she had a gun with her indicates that she must have thought about killing him that day. Who brings a gun to their boyfriend’s hime unless they plan to go to a gun range together, go hunting, or use it on the person?
In my view, she had plans to use the gun on her boyfriend if things didn’t go her way. Things obviously didn’t go her way and she used the weapon. So there was premeditation involved in my view.It was in my view a premeditated crime of passion that could have gone either way, depending on whether she thought she could win him back,
The three different stories she told after finally admitting she killed him in self defense will not make jurors sympathetic to her. As we will most likely hear in the testimony of his close friends and family, he will have had no history of being abusive.
Jodi does not appear credible or likable and the body language she has displayed thus far will seal her fate. While she will most likely be convicted she may or may not get the death penalty. There may be jurors who will sympathize with her Some jurors may even feel that her boyfriend lead her on and mentally abused her, based on the fact that they engaged in sex after he tried to dump her.
Unlike what the media has portrayed, this is not a case which is at all similar to the Casey Anthony case. There is no child involved and this woman doesn’t have enabling parents who are front and center trying to enable their daughter.Thus there are no parallels here.