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Ex-boyfriend: Arias changed dramatically

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  • Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in Arizona
  • Arias says she killed Alexander in self-defense
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In testimony Tuesday, Jodi Arias’ former boyfriend said she began to change dramatically after she started working for Prepaid Legal, the same company that employed her ex-lover Travis Alexander.

Arias is on trial for killing Alexander, who was brutally murdered. On Tuesday, Darryl Brewer testified he began a romantic relationship with Arias in 2003. They even bought a house together in Palm Desert, California, in June 2005.  

Read more: Does Arias have a girlfriend behind bars?

Before the 52-year-old took the stand, Judge Sherry Stephens ordered that Brewer’s face could not be shown on camera. So the public only saw video of his hands (pictured below) and heard his voice during testimony.

Brewer testified that soon after being introduced to Prepaid Legal in the spring of 2006, Arias began to explore the Mormon religion. Brewer testified that the relationship started to sour in the summer of 2006. And in the fall of that same year, she told Brewer they had to stop having sex, because she was saving herself for her future husband. Around this time, Arias also got breast implants, according to Brewer.

Read more: Is Searcy stealing the spotlight in the Arias trial?

Brewer also said Arias became more irresponsible with her finances after she began working for Prepaid Legal. He said she stopped paying some of their household bills. 

Brewer told jurors the relationship effectively came to an end in December 2006, when he moved to Monterey, California, to be closer to his son from another relationship. He said he and Arias stayed friends and would even talk on the phone. 

Arias stopped by Brewer’s house near Monterey on June 3, 2008, the day before Alexander was killed.  Arias asked him if she could use his gas cans, because she needed them for a long road trip. Brewer said he never got the gas cans back.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Juan Martinez asked Brewer if he got a phone call from Arias shortly after Alexander’s death, where she expressed concern over not having an alibi. Brewer said she did not say anything about an alibi, but did express concern over her friend’s death.

In a dramatic moment, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi fired a series of questions at Brewer asking him whether he ever called Arias a series of explicit sexual names including “whore.” Nurmi also asked Brewer if he had ever dressed her up in pigtails and engaged in violent sexual acts with her. Brewer said no to every one of these questions, drawing a stark contrast between his relationship with Arias, and what jurors have heard about Alexander’s relationship with Arias.

After Brewer finished testifying, Stephens adjourned the jury for the day and continued the prosecutorial misconduct hearing that began Monday. Nurmi called Gus Searcy back to the witness stand. Searcy (pictured below) is an executive with Legal Shield, which used to be known as Prepaid Legal, the company that employed both Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias.

 

Searcy testified Monday that Chris Hughes, a friend of Arias and Alexander, talked to him before the trial about why he was on the defense's witness list. Hughes allegedly told Searcy that defense attorney Nurmi was a snake for all the sneaky things he had done in the Arias case. 

Tuesday afternoon, Martinez asked Searcy who was the passenger in the car when he talked Hughes on the phone. Searcy refused to disclose who was in the car. He was so adamant about not telling the court who was in the car, he asked Stephens what would happen if he invoked the Fifth Amendment. Stephens ordered the cameras to be shut off, ordered the spectators out of the courtroom and called for a special proceedings behind closed doors.

Watch In Session on truTV Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. ET to see Brewer and Searcy on the witness stand.

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