The jury is going to hear some really shocking evidence in the Jodi Arias trial this week.
The judge said that Arias can testify about incidents she claims to have walked in on during which Travis Alexander was masturbating to images of “young males.” Judge Sherry Stephens made the decision in a closed-door hearing Thursday.
Arias is back on the witness stand Monday, and will likely pick up where she left off last Wednesday discussing a gift Alexander sent her on Valentine’s Day 2007 that included a pair of boys’ Spider-Man underwear.
The defense is painting a picture of Alexander as a sexual deviant, and the ruling that the jury can hear about the images of young males isn’t the first time defense attorneys have implied that Alexander had tendencies toward pedophilia.
During her opening statement, Jennifer Willmott said that Alexander told Arias she sounded like a 12-year-old having an orgasm for the first time when they had phone sex. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi has also mentioned that Alexander liked Arias’ hair in pigtails.
The transcript from the closed-door hearing Thursday indicates Arias says she saw Travis masturbating to images of the young males on his computer and pictures sprawled out on his bed.
During the hearing, Arias’ defense attorneys called clinical psychologist Alyce LaViolette to the stand. LaViolette said Arias told her catching Alexander masturbating to young males, “triggered the first really violent episode, physical episode, between the two of them.”
Prosecutor Juan Martinez has already presented evidence that seems to contradict the defense’s allegations that Alexander was sexually 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.