Although she stabbed her former boyfriend around 29 times before shooting him in the head, convicted felon Jodi Arias apparently thinks Nancy Grace, in part, was the reason for her murder conviction. Not so, said Grace, who explained that the only person responsible for the murder conviction is the murderer herself.
“She says she’s not guilty and it’s the media’s fault. It’s her fault because she did it. Not the media and this is the proof: I’ve seen her defense theory, her lies in the interrogation video, her digital camera with photos of the murder scene left in the wash, the cut on her hand…”
Grace is referring to Jodi Arias’ second and latest unsuccessful appeal to have the opening brief in her murder appeal kept private. Part of the 400-plus page appeal blamed Grace for Arias’ murder conviction, despite overwhelming evidence showing that the convict brutally murdered Travis Alexander in his Mesa, Arizona, home before dragging his bloodied body through the residence, then shooting him in the head. Arias also took numerous photos while at Travis’ home, then mistakenly left the digital camera behind.
In her latest “Crime Stories” episode, Grace discusses the accusations against her with a panel of experts, including Atlanta juvenile judge & lawyer Ashley Willcott, lawyer and psychologist Dr. Brian Russell — host of Investigation Discovery’s “Fatal Vows” series, New York psychologist Caryn Stark and RadarOnline reporter Alexis Tereszcuk.
Tereszcuk: “According to Jodi, what you’re missing is that this is all your fault, Nancy….She blames you, Nancy Grace, for her getting what she says in an unfair trial.”
Grace: “That’s always heartening to hear, but I think it had more to do with the evidence.”
Grace: “How can you get away from the fact that her own admission and her camera convicted her? Not me or anybody else.”
Russell: “The overall thing about this appeal that jumps out at me is that there’s allegation after allegation of media coverage biasing the public in it. But it really doesn’t even affectively allege how that media coverage biased the jury, at least not in any identifiable way. So I’m really not sure what the beef is with not getting a fair trial because of media coverage. There’s really no nexus in this appeal.”
Willcott: “The press coverage was inconsequential to the verdict. A fundamental, constitutional right, First Amendment right, media has to report, right? Freedom of speech.”
Grace: “Well, Ashley, I’ll always have our time in court together when she (Arias) shot a bird at me….”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected Jodi Arias’ bid to keep the public from seeing the opening brief in her murder appeal on Monday. The appeal indicated Arias blamed several news analysts, including Grace, for her conviction.
“As trial proceeded, the spectators became emboldened by what they saw on the livestream and the nightly trial reviews by TV personalities Dr. Drew and Nancy Grace,” part of the 300-plus page briefing read. “Spectators inserted themselves into the court proceedings by harassing and threatening trial participants in person, online, by phone and by email.”
Regardless, the ruling stated that Arias didn’t prove that releasing the opening brief of her appeal to the public would cause any harm, despite accusations that television personalities swayed the jury’s opinion.
See the full appeal documents below.
[Feature Photo: Jodi Arias via Tom Tingle/Pool Photo via AP, File]