Wild interviews ‘The Manicurist’ Tara Kelley, juror in the Jodi Arias Trial
First ever “Twinterview” (Twitter interview) with special guest Tara Kelley, Juror 17 from the Jodi Arias Trial aka “The Manicurist.”
This interview was presented in the WAT Courtroom on May 29, at 2pm MST.
Wild: Soo Tara, how tasty is that tasty court water after all? I noticed it was getting huge pours.
Tara Kelley: I had to drink it once after forgetting my water:/ it is disgusting!!!!
Wild: Did you think in your wildest dreams that you would be chosen for this jury?
Tara Kelley: Out of 375 people..no way!! However the day of selections I had a feeling I would b/c I was the youngest female there
Wild: Did you believe there was any abuse by Travis, either emotional or physical?
Tara Kelley: No!!! I thought at times he said some mean things but I never thought she was abused!
Wild: How was the foreman chosen? Was he elected, or did he volunteer?
Tara Kelley: We had talked before about putting names in a hat and picking that way but idk if that is how they did it!
Wild: If prosecution was able to prove that Jodi slashed Travis’ tires, how would that have changed the jury’s perspective?
Tara Kelley: Can’t say that it would have! I believe the people that voted life did so b/c the felt some sort of abuse happened!
Wild: When do you think the the premeditation began?
Tara Kelley: May 26, 2008!
Wild: What is your opinion of that last text sent by Travis where he was so angry?
Tara Kelley: It’s part of my theory! I believe he found out about the sex tape and she threatened to blackmail him!
Wild: Do you want to tell us more about your theory now? Take a few tweets and expand upon it if you would like.
Tara Kelley: I believe on May 26, Travis was trying to break it off completely with Jodi! She got mad and threatened him with the sex tape! He started calling her those names b/c he thought if he did she would finally leave him alone, especially when he said u r the worst thing that ever happened to me! He was hoping that would make her stop! It only made her really mad knowing he no longer wanted her! She couldn’t take it! She planned the burglary and started planning his death! She wanted to make sure she was the last he ever had sexually! She wanted that power of knowing she was his last
Wild: Great multi-tweet answer Tara! Very twitter savvy. In your mind, does Jodi have any redeeming qualities?
Tara Kelley: I gave her the benefit of the doubt, but when she sat up there and lied constantly, it was hard to believe she did
Wild: Did the juror room have billiards, darts, xbox with a 60 inch screen and a fireplace as I envisioned it having?
Tara Kelley: I wish!! We did puzzles , played UNO, cribbage, and that’s about it lol!
Wild: Is there anything that your have heard or seen since trial has ended that stands out to you as a game changer?
Tara Kelley: I think those parent interrogation videos could have been a game changer! Shows they weren’t shocked she did it
Wild: What did u think of Kirk Nurmi when he said “9 days out of 10 I don’t like Jodi Arias”
Tara Kelley: I believed it! There was never interaction b/w him and Jodi at the table! He never looked happy by her
Wild: Did you think Alyce’s analysis of domestic abuse applied to Jodi?
Tara Kelley: No! I feel she is an advocate and truly believed Jodi was abused! However there was NO proof only her word
Wild: What was the most damning piece of evidence against Jodi?
Tara Kelley: Wow that’s a hard one!! Probably the camera! Showed a timeline of how quickly things happened!
Wild: How nice would it have been to drink court water out of a sweet WAT mug instead of those tiny styrofoam shot cups? ?
Tara Kelley: Would have made it ALL Better! Valerie just emailed me and said we can’t make fun of her water and she wants her mug!
Wild: Did you find Nurmi very hard to listen to with all the sex talk day after day after day?
Tara Kelley: It was hard listening to the sex talk over and over and Nurmi liked to talk about sex over and over again
Wild: Last few ?’s. What is your opinion of Juan’s style towards Dr. Samuels and LaViolette?
Tara Kelley: He was good, a little over the top at times but it worked! They were very flustered on that stand with him!
Wild: So, does the system work? Are you happy that you were a juror?
Tara Kelley: Yes the system works! It was a very long, emotional process but I am happy I got to do this! Met a lot of great people
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