High-profile murderers often attract a fringe element that is, in the face of all evidence, convinced of the accused's innocence. Jodi Arias is no exception. Except, one of her fans is a rapper.
Thirty-four-year-old Kareem Williams, a.k.a. Lefty, is a fanatical supporter of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison earlier this year. Williams has recorded a song expressing sympathy for the woman, who a jury found to have slit the throat of victim Travis Alexander and stabbed almost 30 times. Like many other supporters, he believes that Arias was wrongly prosecuted for the murder.
“I do think it was second degree manslaughter,” says the Philadelphia transplant. “I feel like it was not premeditated.”
Williams attended the trial and went every day that he could. He has written letters to Arias and says he has been in contact with her family. He believes that the media’s sensationalizing of the story made it much more difficult for Jodi, as he calls her, to receive a fair trial. In the song, he even attacks Troy Hayden from Fox News 10.
“Her interview put Troy on the map / Then he had the nerve to stab her in the back,“ proclaims Williams over the dark, heavy production provided by DCEE. Hayden has worked for Fox since 1994.
When asked to elaborate on the line, Williams had plenty to say.
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“He blocked me on Twitter because I wrote an article,” he says, referring to a blog post he wrote accusing Haden of leaking footage of Arias singing in prison. “Her thing was don’t release any footage without her consent. She actually told me this video was released without her consent.”
The song mentions Arias' post-traumatic stress disorder, which her defense counsel made a key part of her ploy to avoid the death penalty.
“PTSD is a serious thing and I feel like if she had gotten the help for it early, I think it could have prevented this,” states Williams. “I think a lot of times it goes undetected in people. This is a situation where it went undetected and it was costly.”
“I don’t think she would have been as eager to go head first into the situation the way she did,” he says.
Still, sympathy only goes so far. While Williams is avid supporter of the Arias family, he understands the true gravity of the entire situation.
“The Travis Alexander family are victims, too. Let’s not forget that a man has lost a life in this situation,” he says
After talking to key members of the trial, Williams plans on donating a portion of the profits towards Arias’ appellate fund.
“It’s like I said in the song, this Jodi Arias’ book isn’t finished yet,” exclaims Williams. “So far, she has raised $68,000 for her appeal.”
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Regardless of the outcome, it is apparent that Williams will be seeing this through until the end.
Williams says he has received criticism and harassment as a result of his support of the convicted killer.
“I’ve been harassed. They have made memes of me. They have put my address online,” states Williams. He seems to take it stride, though. “I’m from the hood, so I’m going to take whatever comes. I’m not going to back down.”
Correction: This blog originally misspelled Troy Hayden's name