It is believed that sentencing trial of Jodi Arias will begin on March 17, 2014. The sentencing trial will not be televised and it’s unclear if electronic devices will be permitted in the court room.
It’s also been reported that Jodi Arias is currently selling wristbands to raise money for her appellate case. She continues to tweet from jail, asking people to buy her artwork and her wristbands.
Dr. Drew recently interviewed Casandra Collins, the woman who shared a jail cell with Jodi Arias for about one month. She was the woman who claimed that Jodi Arias was threatening the life of Juan Martinez. In case you missed the interview, below is the transcript (I deleted out unnecessary information i.e. commercial break, etc.):
PINSKY: I want to bring in Casandra Collins. She had shared a tiny jail cell with Jodi before the trial started.
Casandra, thank you for joining us. My panel is sitting here listening. They`ll have questions for you, as well.
Give me sort of the basic sense of why you decided to tell the story and, secondly, what was it like.
CASANDRA COLLINS, JODI ARIAS`S CELLMATE (via telephone): I live with her in a jail cell from February 16th, 2012 to March 23rd, 2012, a total of 37 days. And it was a horrific, very traumatic and disturbing experience.
PINSKY: Why? What happened? What did she do? What happened?
COLLINS: Number one, she would talk about her case openly every day. He had 18 days. I had that double dose of it. I had 37 days of listening to Jodi talk in graphic detail about her case. And she made some very disturbing comments, has no remorse and then she made threats against key people in her case, as well.
PINSKY: Like she was going to hurt them?
COLLINS: Correct. Yes, sir.
PINSKY: And what is it she told you about the case?
COLLINS: She at the time pretrial, you know, before her trial started and even at that time, she was already confessing to myself and other inmates that she did kill and murderer Travis Alexander.
So, she was already admitting to committing the crime. But when she admitted that she committed the crime, she demonstrates no remorse whatsoever. She even bragged about it like it was a trophy killing.
PINSKY: I saw an interview that you did with someone that she said she should be given an award, she did this about herself, because she killed a child molester.
COLLINS: Yes, I can tell you her comments directly she said to me why she did this, because I asked her, and said, Jodi, why did you kill Mr. Travis Alexander? And she responded by saying she did the world a favor, that she ended the life of a pedophile, that she saved the lives of many innocent children that Travis would have victimized in the future. She claimed that Travis already victimized one child already.
COLLINS: And the jury would have sympathy for her and perceive her as a hero —
JENNY HUTT, ATTORNEY: I do. I just want to know, in jail, was she sexual or provocative? Did she have any hookups? What was she like in that way?
COLLINS: Yes, she was. She would talk very graphically and talk about the photographs (INAUDIBLE) found on the camera. She talked about each one of those photographs in graphic details and she talked about her own body parts.
PINSKY: Jonny, question? Johnny?
JONNY LOQUASTO, COMEDIAN: I do. Casandra, back to Travis. When you asked her why she killed him and she mentioned that he was a pedophile, did you ask her to go into further specifics or do you think that was just like a total sociopathic lie that she made up as to why she killed him?
COLLINS: I think it was a total lie. Anything she was saying to me I did not believe. None of it made sense. It didn`t even sound plausible to me.
GREG GRUNBERG, @GREGGRUNBERG: OK. I have a question.
GRUNBERG: Yes. I`m just curious. How do you answer critics, you know, like myself who say, you know, you were behind bars with her, too. You were in jail. Any testimony that I hear from somebody like yourself it`s suspect to me. It`s like — I don`t quite understand — yes.
PINSKY: Greg, I`m glad you brought that up, actually, because — Casandra is actually a very highly trained nurse. And she — what I`m going to ask you doing — she`s been criticized on that exact front, right, Casandra? People have taken that up with you.
COLLINS: Yes, but I`m not a convicted felon. I have no felonies on my record. I`d never been — jail and prison are different. Jail is where you go prior to your trial. I`ve never been to prison so I`m not a convicted felon. I do have misdemeanors on my record. And even six of those cases have been — expunged from my record, but I am not a convicted felon. I have never hurt nor harmed a human being in my entire life.
PINSKY: But Casandra, my understand is people have said, oh, you have mental illness or something. You`re a criminal. Putting your nurse hat on, evaluating yourself, tell us what you do suffer from so people can eval — we can evaluate whether it has somehow clouded the story you`re telling us.
COLLINS: Well, you mean what I get care and treatment for myself?
COLLINS: Depression and anxiety. Those are my main issues that I suffered from.
PINSKY: So, it`s not as though you have delusional paranoias or something that would make you sort of confabulate stories, right?
PINSKY: OK. Greg, does that satisfy you at all —
No. It doesn`t satisfy me. I just don`t understand why, you know, she`s telling the story now.
COLLINS: I`ve actually been worked with a law enforcement. I actually started talking with the FBI from February 2013. Then Phoenix police started asking me questions. So, this did not come overnight.
JILLIAN BARBERIE, SOCIAL COMMENTATOR: Casandra, you know, I know that Jodi confessed she had something she talked obsessively about her attorney. I`m wondering now what you think that she should get as a sentence. She either gets death, life or, what, 25 years? What do you think will be the proper term for her to serve?
COLLINS: The death sentence.
PINSKY: And then Anahita.
COLLINS: Excuse me?
ANAHITA SEDAGHATFAR, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I just want to know was Jodi as confident — yes. My question is, was Jodi as confident behind closed doors in her case as she showed herself to be like during the trial and in all of her media interviews? Did she ever express to you that she actually feared she could be convicted?
COLLINS: She truly believed when she was in the cell with me that she would walk out of the jail. She thinks the jury would find her innocent. Yes. She was that confident.
PINSKY: And Casandra, I understand, again, you said she made you feel sick and scared. I guess, I got to take a break, but I want to continue the conversation and I want you to tell us why — what`s so disturbing? What you think — I also understand you alleged that she`s caring (ph) on on the outside with her minion somehow. I want to hear more about that. So, we`ll be right back after this.
PINSKY: Judy, it seems that inmates were manipulated by Jodi and her lies. What do you make of that?
JUDY HO, PH.D., DR.JUDYHO.COM: Well, Dr. Drew, it feels to me like Jodi is actually creating her own little Jodi cult. She has so many characteristics of what we know to be cult leaders, you know, the extreme narcissism, really needing admiration and respect and loyalty from everybody, being hypersensitive to criticism. You know, all of these characteristics together just reminds me of some of the cult leaders of the past.
PINSKY: Really? Very interesting. Casandra, what do you make of that?
COLLINS: I totally agree, because she was very manipulative and very calculative when I lived with her. And she was trying to even — from my nursing background, she even had a different version of what happened between her and Travis Alexander on that day. And then I heard a new version out her trial. She tried to claim with me she got a concussion — how severe would a concussion have to be for her to have that type of memory loss.
PINSKY: I see. She`s trying to explain why she didn`t know what was going on. Back to the panel, I think you have questions for Casandra — Nikki?
NIKKI DELOACH, ACTRESS, MV`S “AWKWARD”: Yes, I do, actually. Hey, Casandra, did you go to law enforcement about Jodi`s threat to Juan Martinez?
COLLINS: I went to — the FBI started — did my initial interview in February of 2013 and then the rest of my communication with the FBI for Phoenix was through via e-mails. And then on July 1st, Sgt. Cane and Lt. Berkhose (ph) asked me questions about Jodi Arias. And Lt. Berkhose (ph) basically said, “Casandra, if she made any threat, you need to let us know.”
PINSKY: OK. Jennifer, go ahead.
JENNIFER KEITT, RADIO HOST & LIFE COACH: I`m wondering, Casandra, you spent quite a bit of time with her. So, do you think that if she does not get the death penalty and ends up in jail, that she could actually somehow be rehabilitated? Do you think that that`s possible?
PINSKY: Or, to follow on that question, or will she be dangerous from jail?
COLLINS: I think she`d be dangerous from prison, because I think if she was put in maximum security general population, I think she would try to control that population. I think she is very dangerous. I think she would repeat her crime. She is very vindictive and hateful. She made threats against the prosecutor attorney. I believe she would try to carry out those threats. She is an extremely, extremely dangerous individual.
DELOACH: I have a follow up to that then, because you had mentioned that, you know, she had said to you, Casandra, at one point in time like — that if you spoke out against her that she would come after you. And if you believe that she is that threatening then, you`re speaking out publicly against her now. Are you scared? I mean, why not speak to law enforcement and then just kind of go away from the public eye so that you keep yourself safe?
COLLINS: Yes, I am scared but I know I did the right and moral thing. I was in a position where I went to Troy Hayden because I felt that was a better choice that I have is to go public with it and expose it and make sure everyone`s well aware of what her threats were.
LEEANN TWEEDEN, @ LEEANNTWEEDEN: Casandra, thank you very much. It`s very courageous of you to come on the show tonight. I have a question for you. You had mentioned that everybody was sort of brainwashed by her, you included, but you kind of took it as, well, I`m going to go along with her just to shut everybody up. I mean, were there any girls, any inmates that did not like Jodi Arias?
COLLINS: No. I never liked Jodi Arias. I didn`t go a lot with her at all, because she tried to ask me to do numerous favors for her and I never complied. She tried to manipulate me by asking, you know, to be a mule and to get letters on the out for her — you know, get them passed them to his deputies, and I would never do that. I told her flat-out no. So, no, I was not manipulated by her. I never —
TWEEDEN: What about all the other inmates? They were like holding up signs saying we love Jodi. She`s innocent. I mean, what do you make of that?
COLLINS: That was during the trial. And do you think, really, an inmate in jail is going to snitch on another inmate in front of a reporter? You know, snitches don`t last long in jail. So, i think that was all kind of for show.
HO: Casandra, I have a question for you —
PINSKY: You know what, I`m running out of time, guys. I got to remind everyone that we cannot independently confirm what Casandra is saying. These are her opinions alone. Jenny, you want to finish me up here.
HUTT: I did. I just want to know was she doing artwork while she was in jail? Like she said she was an artist.
COLLINS: Yes, she did. At least a drawing a week.
PINSKY: And then, she`s selling that stuff, right?
HUTT: Of course.
PINSKY: All right. Casandra, thank you so much. It`s interesting. It`s chilling. It`s kind of worse than I thought, actually. I mean, I like the way we opened this conversation with Judy`s framing her as a cult leader. It`s kind of an interesting way of thinking about her.
COLLINS: Yes. She would be more dangerous in general population. I truly believe Juan Martinez is doing absolutely the right thing. He knows what he`s doing.
In other entertainment news, Darren Kavinoky and Shanna Hogan appeared on The View to discuss the premiere of Deadly Sins, an Investigation Discovery television show that featured the case of Jodi Arias. Darren and Shanna contributed to the Deadly Sins episode, which first aired on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
During the interview on The View, it is interesting to note that Shanna Hogan referred to Travis Alexander as either a dirt bag or a scumbag. It’s difficult to hear what she called him because apparently, it was bleeped out. Listen for yourself (about 2:55).
Hogan made the comment when discussing her exploration of Travis’s character:
“I really kinda had to see it like if he was my brother, he would have been the best brother in the world. If he was dating my best friend, he would have been a dirt bag or a scumbag.”
It appears as though Hogan believes in the lies of Jodi’s legal team who did everything they could to paint Travis, the victim of a brutal slaying, in a negative light. What a shame.
I have not had the opportunity to complete my viewing of the Deadly Sins Jodi Arias episode. From what I saw thus far, there were a lot of assumptions being made. I also noticed that they listed one of experts, commenting on the behavior of Jodi and Travis, as being a forensic psychiatrist. A psychiatrist has a medical degree but the individual who they said is a psychiatrist, to the best my knowledge, is not a psychiatrist. Must have been an oversight.
Did you have the opportunity to watch? What did you think?