Twenty-seven stab wounds.
A slit throat.
A gunshot to the forehead.
Three different stories from the defendant.
A case five years in the making now is in closing arguments, soon to be in the hands of the jury.
The Jodi Arias trial is winding to a close.
Nothing I write will satisfy everyone with this story. Normally I'm OK with that -- I enjoy a healthy debate. With this story though, most want Jodi Arias to die for what they believe she's done.
Me, I'm not sure. I know she killed Travis Alexander, but did she head to his house with a warped plan to sleep with him then stab and shoot him while he was in the shower? Did she plan to kill him then change her mind then change it back once again? Was it a crime of passion, a spur of the moment decision? I don't know.
I don't need to know.
I've watched this trial for the last several months. We heard from the accused, then witness after witness, now the jury will deliberate. Our legal system is perfectly imperfect, a jury of our peers. They make their decision based on information they've seen presented in front of them. How much is their opinion swayed by any one piece of information, testimony from an expert or how they might relate to a witness, that's all up to them.
We've seen outrage with cases in the past, Casey Anthony, Amanda Knox, this one will be no different (whichever way it goes). There will be more in the future, Aurora, Colo., etc.
What do all of these stories have in common? None of us were there, we don't know what happened. Only those at the scene will ever really know what occurred, mental states of mind, etc.
There will always be another "blockbuster case," eyes glued to TV sets, outrage if the accused "gets off." All I know is we'll never know exactly what happened in cases like this and those juries have very tough decisions to make.
I wish them the best.