Jodi Arias, who is currently serving a lifetime prison sentence in Arizona for killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008, wants to request supervised leave in order to attend her father’s funeral, according to a relative.
“She’s really upset,” the relative reportedly told People magazine. “It’s hard for her to know that he’s really gone. She wants to see her family and pay her respects.”
The father of the 37-year-old convict, William Arias, died on September 19 at the age of 69 in California.
However, his memorial service may be held in California, not Arizona, where Arias is currently confined. Though Arizona law allows for inmates to have escorted leave for open casket funerals within the state, out-of-state funeral visits are not allowed.
“She wants to go, but it seems impossible now,” the relative told People. “The logistics just don’t work out. And yes, it’s sad for her, but it can’t be the family’s problem. They’re grieving the loss of a beloved man.”
Arias, who was convicted after prosecutors accused her of stabbing her boyfriend 29 times and shooting him in the face, thus far has not requested to attend a funeral, said Andrew Wilder, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections, to People.
William Arias’s cause of death is currently unknown.