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Witness: Jodi and Travis broke Mormon sex law

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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
Witness: Jodi and Travis broke Mormon sex law

A friend of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander told jurors in Arias’ murder trial Thursday that she may not have been worthy of becoming a Mormon.

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi asked Dan Freeman about Jodi’s baptism, his knowledge of her relationship with Alexander and her possible motivation for joining the church.

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Freeman (pictured below) says if Arias and Alexander were having oral sex,  she wasn’t worthy of being accepted into the Mormon faith because she was breaking the church’s law of chastity.

Freeman said Arias’ and Alexander’s sexual activity could have gotten them excommunicated from the Mormon church.

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In earlier testimony, Freeman said he called Arias to tell her Alexander was dead on June 9, 2008. He said Arias was silent for a moment then began to cry, and after a couple moments he got off the phone with her so she could compose herself.

At the end of Freeman’s testimony, some of the jurors had questions for him, which is allowed in Arizona.

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One of the jurors asked Freeman if the fights he said he witnessed between Arias and Alexander seemed normal.

Freeman said, “Yes.”

Another juror asked if he ever saw Alexander hit Arias.

Freeman said, “No.”

After Freeman finished testifying, Judge Sherry Stephens recessed for lunch, but court did not resume for the afternoon session on time, because of a closed door meeting.

When court finally picked back up shortly before 6:00 p.m. ET, the defense called computer forensic examiner Lonnie Dworkin to the stand.

Dworkin testified that he examined Alexander's laptop and a broken hard drive that could have belonged to Arias.  He recovered information from Alexander's laptop that someone accessed YouTube music videos at 4 a.m. on June 4, 2008, the same day Alexander died. Arias told police she arrived at Alexander's home around 4 a.m. on that day.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez objected when defense attorney Jennifer Willmott tried to admit photos of a man's genitalia Dworkin recovered from Alexander's external hard drive. Martinez objected on the grounds that Dworkin could not identify whose genitalia it was.

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