7:54am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Discovery+ Takes Deep Dive into Jodi Arias' Story With 'If I Can't Have You' (Exclusive)
Discovery+, the streaming service that launched earlier this month, is ramping up its original programming offerings with a deep dive into the story of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.
If I Can't Have You: The Jodi Arias Story will take a closer look at the case, featuring access to Arias’ personal diaries, unseen police interviews and exclusive testimony, and interviews with the defense, prosecution and friends and family of those connected to the case.
Alexander was a salesman who was found dead on June 4, 2008, in his Mesa, Arizona, home with 27 knife wounds and a gunshot to the head. Arias was indicted by a grand jury in July 2008 and arrested six days later. Her accounts of her whereabouts on that day fluctuated from telling police she was not in Mesa when the murder happened to then claiming Alexander was murdered and she was attacked by intruders to his house to then claiming she'd been the victim of domestic violence and killed him in self-defense. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013 and was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Discovery+'s original crime documentary will show the crime scene, scenes of the trial and excerpts from Arias' journal. It also will feature interviews with Arias' defense attorney, friends of Alexander and family members of Arias as it aims to answer the question: "Is Jodi Arias a sociopathic murderer, or is she a misunderstood woman who acted in self-defense?"
"With discovery+ housing the largest true-crime library in streaming, we are thrilled to add a fresh documentary on this infamous case to our repertoire," said Lisa Holme, group senior vp content and commercial strategy for discovery+. "It's our focus to consistently bring new content to a voracious true-crime audience."
The two-hour special, produced for discovery+ by Arrow Media, will be available to stream beginning Friday, Feb. 12. John Owens is the showrunner and Lucie Ridout is executive producer for Arrow Media and Eugenie Vink is executive producer for discovery+.