Inmates who are jailed with accused murderer Jodi Arias have nothing but praise for the woman, with one saying she has an incredibly big “heart.” The revelation was revealed in a Jan. 21, 2013 report by Troy Hayden of Fox Phoenix, who spent time at the Estrella Jail where Arias has been held for the past four years.
Arias is currently on trial for the murder of her former lover, Mesa, Ariz. man Travis Alexander in 2008.
During Hayden’s visit to the Phoenix detention facility, he found Arias’ fellow inmates were enormously supportive of her, holding up handwritten notes that read “Free Jodi.”
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Sara Wardana told him, “She has the biggest heart in the world. A lot of people don’t think it, but she does, she has an incredible heart… She really needs your prayers right now. She would do anything to help us girls in here and we just love her very much.”
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A woman who Hayden describes as Arias’ “podmate,” Jenna Bounds, told him during the past two weeks as Arias’ trial proceeds, she’s been “…hurting inside and there’s nothing she can do about that.”
She added, “The roles could be reversed, in Jodi’s case… He [Alexander] could be the one on trial for her… People don’t even think about that… she is here because she was protecting herself.”
Arias, 32, claimed the day of the murder she had been taking photos of Alexander in the shower, when she was hit on the back of the head. She said when she awoke Alexander was being killed by two masked intruders. One grabbed her, held a gun to her head, and told her if she talked he would kill her, according to her story. Arias alleged the man pulled the trigger and all she heard was a click so she ran down the stairs and out the door. She said she did not tell police about the incident because she was scared.
Later, Arias would admit to murdering Alexander, 30, because, she claimed, he was abusive and she had no choice.
The prosecution has rested their case in the Arias trial and it is now her defense team’s turn to argue their case to the jury.