Since 2008, a woman from Arizona has been on trial for killing her boyfriend
by shooting him in the head, stabbing him 27 times, and slashing his throat.
In an interview following the charges, defendant, J.A., said that she
was confident that no jury would convict her of murder. It has recently
come to light that she said this because she was planning on committing
suicide, which never happened.
On February 4, J.A. admitted to killing her boyfriend, claiming that it
was only in self-defense that she did so. According to
ABC News, the woman stated that her boyfriend put her in a stranglehold then detailed
how he would kill each member of her family. Her confession is allegedly
contrary to her earlier claims that she had nothing to do with the murder.
Her defense has tried to demonstrate that her boyfriend had been abusive
and controlling, both in their sexual interactions and their relationship
as a whole. In addition, Travis allegedly looked at pornography and other
sexually explicit content quite frequently, evidenced by his computer
history and files.
In the past week, the defendant's attorneys have tried to argue that
her boyfriend led a double life. In one, he was a devout Mormon who was
still a virgin. In the other, he had an erotic lifestyle which included
sending lewd pictures to the woman and taking photos of one another. If
J.A. is convicted of her crime, then she could face the death penalty
since the murder was premeditated and unnaturally cruel. If you have been
murder or another
violent crime, then you could be facing serious penalties such as prolonged imprisonment,
hefty fines, and other serious consequences. Contact a Long Island criminal
defense lawyer from our firm for aggressive legal defense.