Nancy Grace is one of the reasons convicted killer Jodi Arias believes she was found guilty of first-degree murder after stabbing her boyfriend Travis Alexander 29 times, shooting him in the head and slitting his throat ear-to-ear.
But the veteran prosecutor and CrimeOnline.com founder told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview that she's certainly not to blame for the murderer's life sentence after she blasted her in new appeal documents.
“I know who killed Travis Alexander as does the jury: Jodi Arias,” Grace, who hosts the podcast and SIRIUSXM show Crime Stories, told Radar after she was name dropped in the appeal Arias’ attorneys filed in Arizona's Maricopa County. “I think the appellate court will agree with me."
The jury found Arias guilty of first degree murder on May 8, 2013, and a judge sentenced her to life in prison.
According to the 342-page appeal, Grace and her top-rated television show were detrimental to Arias’ case.
“The nightly commentary on Dr. Drew, HLN or Nancy Grace gave the trial a reality TV flavor, encouraging spectators to believe that their opinions could influence the verdict,” the appeal stated. “The spectators believed that their opinions mattered. Perhaps they believed they could call or text in a vote at trial’s end. Maybe they wanted to vote Arias 'off of the island.' The court had a duty to protect Arias’ trial from negative news exposure.”
Grace ripped into Arias’ new claims.
“I have never had the free time to watch the reality show Survivor between working and raising my twins. Covering the brutal murder of Travis Alexander had nothing to do with a ‘reality show’ or ‘game show’ atmosphere," she said."Meeting and getting to know Travis’ family only intensified the gut-wrenching experience of covering Travis’ murder."
“First, to suggest the jurors did not head the warnings of the court to refrain from looking at news coverage of the trial impinges perjury on all jurors. That is a very serious allegation.”
“Second, Jodi Arias’ miscalculation in testifying was a major contributor to her guilty verdict. Her demeanor, her facts, her behavior and her callous disregard for Travis Alexander’s reputation were offensive."
“Third, the crime scene photos alone were devastating to her case. Her digital camera found in Travis’ laundry at the murder scene, full of photos taken during the murder in itself is overwhelming evidence of guilty. Beyond a reasonable doubt"
“Fourth and last, Arias’ attempts to blame everyone around her, including her lawyers, the jury, the judge the prosecutor, the media, the logistics of my broadcast, me personally, and most important Travis Alexander is just more of the same. As always, Arias blames everyone but herself for her predicament.”
Grace hosts Crime Stories on SiriusXM channel 132.
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