Santa Ana, Orange County - In June of 2008, 32-year-old Jodi Arias murdered her boyfriend Travis Alexander. The fact of the murder is assured, but the trial's length of over five years can be attributed to the expertise and skill of the attorneys on either side of the case, proving the importance of having a professional defense lawyer. On June 4th, 2008 - the night the murder occurred - Arias and her boyfriend had allegedly gotten into the biggest fight of their relationship, which was consequently their last.
According to ABC News, Arias described the encounter as follows: she and Alexander were taking nude photos in the shower when she dropped his new, expensive camera. He then became enraged and slammed her to the floor. She attempted to flee by running down the hall to his room, and then grabbed the gun on his shelf for protection. "I pointed it at him with both of my hands. I thought that would stop him," claimed Arias, "but he just kept running." But this is where it gets fuzzy. After he charged at her, screaming that he intended to kill her, "he was lunging at me when the gun went off...I didn't even think I was holding the trigger," stated Arias. After this moment, Arias claims that she has no recollection of the 27 slashes and stabs that were found on her boyfriend's body, or the two bullets in his head - or his severely slit throat. She only remembered her realization of the "horror."
Aside from the convenience of her memory lapse, the story has been yet more convoluted as Arias has frequently changed her account of the situation. Initially she claimed that she was never actually at Alexander's house that night, but then changed the story to include two masked people who allegedly broke into the house, killing her boyfriend and threatening her into silence, thus adding perjury to her ever-growing list of convictions. Because the fact that she did indeed murder her boyfriend has been agreed upon, the long deliberation process now concerns the degree of her murder charge - and this process is where an exceptional defense attorney can literally mean the difference between life and death.
A first-degree murder charge can result in either a life sentence in prison, which has the possibility for parole, or the death penalty. A conviction of second-degree murder, though (one without premeditation), can result in 20 years or a life sentence. But a conviction of manslaughter could find the criminal in jail for as little time as seven years. This is the ruling that expert attorneys attempt to win.
Orange County defense lawyer Michael L. Guisti describes voluntary manslaughter (covered under Penal Code 192) as a killing made during a sudden fight or in the heat of passion intentionally with a conscious disregard for human life. If the attorney can prove that the client had to premeditation of the murderous act then the judge or jury will often choose a manslaughter charge. In this way, a professional Orange County murder attorney like Michael L. Guisti can be the difference between life or death for the defendant. If you or someone you know is in need of expert defense in a critical matter such as a murder charge, do not hesitate to contact the law offices of Michael L. Guisti for free consultation: 888-478-8999