Jodi Arias’ defense attorneys are trying to paint her former boyfriend Travis Alexander as a sexual deviant, who was capable of horrible things.
Their theory is Alexander’s alleged maltreatment of Arias culminated on June 4, 2008, when he attacked her, and she was forced to kill him in self-defense.
During her opening statement, defense attorney Jennifer Willmott talked about the abuse Arias allegedly endured at the hands of Alexander.
Willmott said Alexander verbally abused Arias by calling her names such as “stalker,” “slut” and “whore.” Alexander also allegedly forced her to have rough sex, according to Willmott.
Arias tried to reinforce Willmott’s accusations on Wednesday, when she testified that Alexander made her have anal sex for the first time the same day she was baptized into the Mormon faith.
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During her opening statement, Willmott also hinted at the disturbing implication that Alexander had tendencies toward pedophilia.
Willmott referenced a recording of a phone sex conversation she says Arias had with Alexander. During the call, Alexander allegedly told Arias she sounded like a 12-year-old girl having an orgasm for the first time.
Next week, Arias’ attorneys are expected to play the recording of that phone sex conversation Willmott referenced in her opening statement. If the call is presented to the jury, it could support the defense’s theory that Alexander was a sexual deviant, who controlled and abused Arias.
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This isn’t the only time the defense has hinted at Alexander allegedly being sexually attracted to children.
In a dramatic moment last Thursday, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi fired a series of questions at Darryl Brewer, Arias’ former boyfriend, asking him whether he ever called Arias a series of explicit sexual names including “whore.” Brewer said he never had. Nurmi also asked Brewer if he had ever asked her to dress up in costumes or wear her hair in pigtails and engage in violent sexual acts. Brewer also said no to every one of these questions, drawing a contrast between his relationship with Arias, and what jurors have heard about Alexander’s relationship with Arias.
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On Wednesday, Arias testified that on Valentine’s Day 2007, Alexander gave her a gift that included boys’ Spider-Man underwear. Court ended for the day shortly after that testimony.
And we can expect to hear more about this when prosecutor Juan Martinez begins his cross-examination of Arias. Martinez has already presented evidence that seems to contradict the defense’s allegation that Alexander was a sexual deviant. Two of Alexander’s former love interests have testified that he did not display any abnormal or abusive sexual behavior.
Computer forensic examiner Lonnie Dworkin also testified that he did not find any pornography on Alexander’s laptop computer. Martinez will likely point out during his cross-examination of Arias that she is the only person saying Alexander was a sexual deviant.