On Thursday, Esteban Flores, the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department’s lead detective for the Jodi Arias case, took the stand. In Session live-blogged Wednesday's opening statements and keep reading to see In Session's live blog of Thursday's proceedings below.
Travis Alexander was the victim of a brutal attack. His throat was slashed, he was shot in the head, and he had at least 29 knife wounds. His ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, is on trial, accused of murder. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
Attorneys from both sides gave their opening statements in Arias' trial Wednesday in a Phoenix courtroom. Arias’ defense attorney Jennifer Willmott claimed during her opening statement that Arias killed Alexander in self-defense when he became enraged because she dropped his camera.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez said Wednesday that there are pictures on Alexander's camera that show him bleeding, and those pictures also place Arias at the scene of the crime. Arias allegedly tried to delete the photographs from the camera's memory card, and even tried to damage it by putting it in Alexander's washing machine, according to Martinez.
In Session’s coverage of the Jodi Arias trial begins January 7 on truTV from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
In Session live-blogged Thursday's testimony below (best read from the bottom up).
6:35 p.m. ET: A visibly upset Arias seemed to stare at the jurors as they exited the courtroom at the end of the second day of testimony.
6:33 p.m. ET: The judge is recessing court until Tuesday, January 8. Judge Sherry Stephens is telling the jury that when they go home they should not discuss any aspect of the case with anyone. Stephens also tells the jurors to stay away from the media and keep an open mind.
6:32 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Conner about the contents of Alexander's linen closet.
6:31 p.m. ET: Martinez is displaying a photo of the bullet casing sitting in a pool of dried blood.
6:30 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Conner about a .25 caliber bullet casing that was found in Alexander's bathroom. She says doesn't know what the label on the casing means.
6:26 p.m. ET: From In Session's producer in the courtroom:
The atmosphere in the courtroom is very somber as each group of photos grows more grotesque and intense, during some of these pauses while the prosecutor marks the exhibits, the jurors look over at Jodi, who is blowing her nose and crying softly.
As blood-stained photo after blood stained-photo is displayed some of the jurors cover their mouths. While these photos are not as graphic of the ones that reveal the body--these bloody photos suggest a horrific violent scene. (Not for faint hearts and weak stomachs).
6:24 p.m. ET: Martinez says it appears someone wiped the blood on the sink. Connor replies that she does not do blood splatter analysis. Arias continues to cry as the photos are displayed.
6:21 p.m. ET: Martinez just displayed a photo of blood splatter stains that seem to cover most of Alexander's bathroom sink.
6:17 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez is walking Conner through blood splatter stains throughout the bathroom.
6:14 p.m. ET: Arias is crying and reaching for more tissues.
6:13 p.m. ET: Conner says there was also blood on the bottom pedestal of the toilet.
6:10 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Conner about blood stains on the bathroom floor. There's blood on the ground, bath mat, and walls.
6:08 p.m. ET: Arias will not look at the close-up photos of the body.
6:05 p.m. ET: Arias seems to be crying now as photos of the body remain displayed.
6:04 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing more pictures of the Alexander's body in the shower to Conner. Arias is cover her face. Alexander's family members are crying.
6:02 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez is asking Conner questions about a plastic cup that was found in the shower with Alexander's body. Conner says the water from the shower may have washed away any finger prints left on the cup.
6:00 p.m. ET: Members of Alexander's family were visibly upset by the photos of Alexander's body in the shower.
5:58 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing Conner pictures of inside Alexander's bathroom. You can see part of Alexander's body in the shower. Arias turns aways and refuses to look at the photo.
5:55 p.m. ET:
ohh what a beautiful place travis had :( just makes me all the more sadder #jodiarias
— sas (@sassycatgal1) January 3, 2013
5:53 p.m. ET: Martinez and Conner are discussing the layout of Alexander's bedroom.
5:45 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez and Conner are discussing a camera bag that was found at Alexander's home.
5:44 p.m. ET:
— CarMel (@sinamungirl) January 3, 2013
5:42 p.m. ET: Martinez and Conner continue to talk about other photos of Alexander's house. Conner's identifying the rooms and hallways in the house.
5:39 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez is walking Conner through photos of Alexander's living room and dining room.
5:34 p.m. ET: Arias seems to be losing interest in Conner's testimony.
5:32 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Conner about a check Arias made out to Alexander for $200 that was found in Alexander's home. The check says it's for car payments.
5:29 p.m. ET: Now Martinez is discussing photos of other parts of the house with Conner.
5:26 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez is walking Conner through more pictures of the laundry room.
5:24 p.m. ET: Arias seems to be discussing something with her attorney.
5:22 p.m. ET: Conner is now showing the jury items found in the dryer including sheets, and pillow cases.
5:17 p.m. ET:
— RobynD323 (@robynd323) January 3, 2013
5:15 p.m. ET: Conner is now reviewing photos of the items found inside Alexander's dryer.
5:13 p.m. ET: Martinez is now asking Conner about how the camera's memory card was found in the washing machine separate from the camera.
5:08 p.m. ET: Conner is now examining the actual physical items found in Alexander's wash. She says the towel was damaged by bleach.
5:04 p.m. ET: Conner says the towel found in the washing machine was discolored. Martinez and Conner are also discussing Alexander's clothing items that were also found in the washing machine.
5:02 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez and Conner are discussing photos of other items found in Alexander's washing machine.
5:00 p.m. ET: Conner says a digital camera door was broken off and found in the washing machine.
4:59 p.m. ET: Martinez and Conner are now discussing the memory card that was found in the camera.
4:58 p.m. ET: This is the camera prosecutor Martinez says Arias tried to destroy by throwing it in the washing machine.
4:53 p.m. ET: Now Conner is discussing the contents of the washing machine including the camera that had pictures of Alexander bleeding on it.
4:50 p.m. ET: Martinez and Conner are discussing "reddish brown" stains she found on the washing machine.
4:46 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing Conner photos of the laundry room, and the hallway from the laundry room to the garage.
4:45 p.m. ET: Now Martinez is walking Conner through photos of Alexander's garage.
4:43 p.m. ET: Fingerprint expert Heather Conner is back on the witness stand. Martinez is showing Conner pictures of the front of Alexander's house.
4:40 p.m. ET: The judge is back on the stand. Court should start in a couple minutes.
4:38 p.m. ET:
Heather Conner is now referencing Luminol to the jury #jodiarias many methods used to obtain evidence being discussed
— RobynD323 (@robynd323) January 3, 2013
4:27 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens is taking a 10-minute recess because there's a technical problem.
4:23 p.m. ET: Martinez is walking Conner through how she processed Alexander's house for evidence.
4:21 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Conner about how long it took to process Alexander's house as a crime scene. Conner says that it took multiple investigative teams, including a DNA team, three days to process the house.
4:17 p.m. ET: Conner is explaining how evidence is gathered for examination at the lab.
4:14 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking if they can use palm prints. Conner says that palm prints are more difficult to use, because they can't always tell which part of the palm it came from. Martinez may be asking this because of the bloody palm print that was found on the wall at the crime scene that allegedly belongs to Arias.
4:13 p.m. ET: Connner is explaining how investigators use a fingerprint database that is utilized to find matches.
4:08 p.m. ET: Conner says a fingerprint is like a rubber stamp.
4:05 p.m. ET: Conner says that in June 2008 she worked as a latent fingerprint examiner. She is now explaining how people leave fingerprints on surfaces they touch.
4:04 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez is calling Heather Conner, fingerprint examiner, to the witness stand.
4:02 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking Flores about the capabilities of the Mesa police crime lab, and finishes his questioning of Flores. Flores is excused from the witness stand.
4:01 p.m. ET: Flores is asking Martinez about how the police investigators secured the crime scene. Martinez says they had it secured for three days. Martinez says he is done questioning Flores. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi is now questioning Flores.
3:52 p.m. ET: Detective Flores and Prosecutor Martinez are going back over where pieces of rope were found at the crime scene.
3:50 p.m. ET: Martinez is having Flores read over more Facebook messages between Alexander and Arias. Now Martinez in reviewing a photograph on a piece of rope found at the crime scene.
3:45 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Juan Martinez is asking Esteban Flores, the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department’s lead detective for the Jodi Arias case, questions. Estaban is reading a record of Facebook messages Alexander sent to Arias. In the messages, Alexander told Arias he felt like she treated him like a sex toy with a heartbeat. The attorneys are at sidebar.
3:38 p.m. ET: The judge sends for the jury.
3:33 p.m. ET: Jodi Arias is back in the courtroom, and testimony is about to start.
3:22 p.m. ET: Court should resume around 3:30 p.m. ET.
3:12 p.m. ET: Here is a photo of Arias in court today.
3:10 p.m. ET: Gallery: Photos of Arias evidence
2:55 p.m. ET:
If #JodiArias is aquitted from these charges. I will have lost all faith in the American justice system.
— Cheyenne Lombard (@PapisLove) January 3, 2013
2:42 p.m. ET:
— sharik (@shariline) January 3, 2013
2:37 p.m. ET: Here is a picture of the In Session crew preparing for Beth Karas' live shot.
2:29 p.m. ET: Here is a picture of In Session's Beth Karas as she prepares to go on live TV to discuss the Arias trial.
2:23 p.m. ET:
Defense Attorney in #JodiArias trial needs to button his jacket. Appearance matters
— Brent @ Kleinman Law (@brentjkleinman) January 3, 2013
2:22 p.m. ET:
— Nicole Walendziak (@NWalendziak) January 3, 2013
2:19 p.m. ET:
1.5 hours of testimony so far today.now 1.5 hours of lunch. Just keep the ball rolling. #jodiarias
— Donna Dickinson (@nuf_said_k) January 3, 2013
2:17 p.m. ET:
— MercyMom (@mercy_mom) January 3, 2013
2:15 p.m. ET:
#JodiArias trial on lunch break after some very graphic language used to describe Jodi.
— Jackie Damico (@InSessionJackie) January 3, 2013
1:59 p.m. ET: Detective Flores says pieces of rope were found on the staircase, bedroom and bathroom. Defense attorney Nurmi moves on to ask Flores about mean emails Alexander allegedly sent to Arias. Nurmi asks Flores if Alexander called her sexual names like slut and whore. Prosecutor Martinez objected to this line of questioning multiple times on grounds that it was hearsay and speculation. Martinez was overruled, and Flores said that Alexander did send messages to Arias calling her those names. Nurmi ended his cross examination of Flores, and the attorneys went to a sidebar. Judge Stephens has recessed for the lunch break. Court will resume at 3:30 p.m. ET.
1:50 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about something with her defense attorney Jennifer Willmott at the defense table.
Defense attorney Nurmi is asking detective Flores about a tassel or a piece of rope that was found at the crime scene. Nurmi is showing crime scene photos of the pieces of rope found at the crime scene.
1:45 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi asks Flores if Arias said Alexander employed her to clean his house, and whether he ever saw a picture of a French maid outfit that Alexander wanted her to wear when she cleaned his home. Flores says that Arias did tell him that she was employed by Alexander to clean his house, but never saw a picture of the French maid outfit.
1:41 p.m. ET: Flores says the conversation Prosecutor Martinez just played for the jury was recorded June 10, 2008. The day after Alexander's body was found.
1:39 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi is asking Detective Flores about the scene at Alexander's house when his body was found. Flores says there were four to six officers at the scene when he arrived. He also says there were friends and neighbors outside of Alexander's house.
1:36 p.m. ET: Martinez finishes his direct examination of Detective Flores. The defense attorneys are talking at their table.
1:32 p.m. ET: On the recording, Detective Flores says someone hurt Alexander really bad, and since he was a such a big guy that it probably took two people to kill him.
1:29 p.m. ET: Arias says that Alexander would send her really mean emails and messages when he was mad at her.
1:28 p.m. ET: On the recording, Flores says that it sounds like there was a lot jealousy issues between Arias and Alexander. Flores also says that at the crime scene Alexander's friends immediately pointed the finger at her. Arias seems surprised by this and says she doesn't know why they would do that.
1:24 p.m. ET: Detective Flores tells Arias that people have not said good things about her. Flores says Alexander's friends told him that Arias would show up at Alexander's house when she wasn't invited. Arias says they had trust issues in their relationship, and to build trust they exchanged social media passwords. Flores responds by saying that he has been married for 20 years, and he doesn't have his wife's passwords.
1:19 p.m. ET: Detective Flores asks her if she knows why anyone would want to hurt him. Arias says Alexander was struggling a few months ago, but she doesn't know if that is still an issue.
1:15 p.m. ET: On the recording, Aries seems to get upset about what happened to Alexander. Flores tells her the police are investigating his death as a homicide.
1:13 p.m. ET: Detective Flores asks Arias whether there was any kind of rope in Alexander's house. Arias says there may have been a rope accent on one of his pillows.
1:12 p.m. ET: Gallery: Arias cries in court Wednesday
1:10 p.m. ET: On the recording, detective Flores asks Arias if her relationship with Alexander was rocky. Arias says that it has been weird, and they have had a don't ask don't tell policy about their dating lives.
1:07 p.m. ET: Arias says that she was planning to visit Alexander in the next couple weeks. She says she could have showed up at any time at Alexander's house if she gave him a heads up beforehand.
1:04 p.m. ET: On the recording, Arias says she dated Alexander about five months, and they broke up June 29, 2007. She tells Detective Flores that she had a sexual relationship with Alexander, but asks him to keep that confidential, because the Mormon Church will look down on him.
1:00 p.m. ET: On the recording, Arias says she spoke to Alexander recently on a Tuesday night in the evening. She says she discussed a trip she was about to take to Salt Lake City. She also says Alexander just canceled a trip to see her, and he was about to go to Cancun. Arias also says that Alexander's tires were slashed recently.
12:57 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez is playing a recording of another conversation between Flores and Arias. Arias seems to be getting upset on the phone about the rumors she has heard about what happened to Alexander.
12:51 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens asks the attorneys to approach her bench for a sidebar.
12:50 p.m. ET: On the recording, Arias asks Flores if a weapon was used to kill Alexander. She also says Alexander did not have any guns.
12:49 p.m. ET: Flores says that when he finally got Arias on the phone he recorded the conversation. Martinez is asking him if there was a discussion on whether Alexander had a gun. They are now playing the audio of the conversation.
12:48 p.m. ET: Flores says he was called to Travis Alexander's house the night his body was found, and that night he was notified that Arias wanted to talk to him. Arias also tried to reach him the next day.
12:45 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Juan Martinez has called Esteban Flores, the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department’s lead detective for the Jodi Arias case, to the witness stand.
12:43 p.m. ET: The jury is walking into the courtroom.
12:41 p.m. ET: This is from In Session's producer inside the courtroom:
The front row of the gallery behind the prosecutor is entirely occupied by members of Alexander's family. Another four relatives sit in the second row. On the Arias side, there's Jodi's mom, her mom's twin sister, a cousin and two of her friends. It was standing room only Wednesday, but Thursday there are a quite a few empty seats in the courtroom.
12:38 p.m. ET: Jodi Arias is in the courtroom, wearing a green long-sleeved shirt, and Judge Sherry Stephens is on the bench. Thursday's proceedings should start any minute now.