Arias: When Travis was mad at me, I’d shake

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  • Jod Arias has completed her sixth day of testimony in her murder trial
  • Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in Arizona; she says she killed him in self-defense

On the stand Wednesday, Jodi Arias described Travis Alexander as a being bully at times, saying, "Sometimes, I would do something to piss him off and he would send more mean text messages or e-mails or chatting."

Arias said when Alexander would get mad at her she would visibly shake. "It was like my nerves, kind of like a Chihuahua shakes, they just kind of tremble a little bit," said Arias.

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In Session is live-blogging Arias' testimony. Click here for Monday's testimony or get caught up on Tuesday's riveting revelations from the stand.

Read below for minute-by-minute updates from her testimony Wednesday (best read from the bottom up):

6:31 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court until 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

6:30 p.m. ET: The email they are discussing upset Alexander. This led to another argument through online chat. He told her he didn't understand what she was trying to say. Arias told him she didn't how she could be more clear.

6:27 p.m. ET: The email they have been discussing was sent to Alexander in May 2008. Arias said she still cared a lot about him at that time, and was willing to back off their relationship if he needed that. In the email, Arias told him she still loved him.

6:25 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not want Alexander to feel obligated to be his friend. She was not ashamed to call him her friend.

6:18 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander tried to kept their relationship a secret in front of people like his ex-girlfriend.

6:15 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi asked Arias why she never cut Alexander out of her life. Arias said she never had any "extreme" thoughts like that, and she just wanted things to be cordial between them.

6:13 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander failed to give her recognition for helping him with something. Arias said at this time not only was Alexander keeping their sexual relationship a secret, but there friendship also needed to be a secret. Alexander told her that his friends would make fun of him for keeping in contact with her.

6:10 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking Arias her to clarify certain issues she mention in an email she sent to Alexander

6:07 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge Stephens.

6:06 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about how she told Alexander she was not happy with the fact that their relationship had never been public.

6:03 p.m. ET: Arias is reviewing a record of some correspondence Nurmi handed to her.

6:02 p.m. ET: Arias read the poem to the jury. She said Alexander really liked her poetry.

6:00 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about a poem she wrote for Alexander.

5:58 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi said he is moving away from the text messages now.

5:56 p.m. ET: Alexander got mad at Arias the day before she moved to Yreka in the Spring of 2008, because she left behind a picture.

5:53 p.m. ET: Arias said it was hard for her to hang up on Alexander.

5:51 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander swore at her one time, because he was upset about Prepaid Legal. She hung up on him, because of the harsh language he was using.

5:47 p.m. ET:

 

5:46 p.m. ET: Arias is reviewing the text message records looking for examples of when Alexander was mean to her.

5:45 p.m. ET: Defense attorney is asking Arias if Alexander referencing her braids and the boys' Spider-Man underwear he gave her.

5:41 p.m. ET: Arias is reviewing the text message records.

5:38 p.m. ET: Arias said she felt awkward taking pictures of her body, but Alexander liked it so it made her want to text the photos to him.

5:35 p.m. ET: During this trip to Las Vegas, Arias texted Alexander a picture of her butt.

5:32 p.m. ET: Arias said after her and Alexander would get in a fight they would have sex to "de-stress."

5:31 p.m. ET: Alexander got made when Arias took a trip to Las Vegas and didn't tell him.

5:29 p.m. ET: Arias said the text messages records are incomplete, because some of Alexander's texts are missing.

5:27 p.m. ET: Arias said she never requested the pictures of Alexander's genitalia but when he would send them he would ask her to send photos of her body to him in exchange.

5:25 p.m. ET: Alexander texted Arias pictures of his genitalia in February of 2008. Arias said he sent pictures of his genitalia to her many times.

5:23 p.m. ET: Arias is explaining Alexander's standing with the church. She said she thought Alexander's knowledge of all things Mormon was superior to her knowledge.

"He had read the book of Mormon 23 times at that point. He could quote hundreds of scriptures, maybe more, from memory. He knew all of the doctrine through and through," said Arias. "I believed he was superior to me in all matters of our mutual religion."

5:20 p.m. ET: Arias said she told Alexander about how Rachel told her to go to the bishop about having oral sex with Alexander. Alexander told Arias that he had an issue with his bishop in the past, and it he didn't want to cause more problems, Arias said.

5:18 p.m. ET: Arias is back on the stand. Testimony is about to begin.

5:00 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court until 5:20 p.m. ET. The live blog will pick back up whet testimony continues.

4:58 p.m. ET: Arias is reviewing the text message records.

4:56 p.m. ET: Rachel told Arias she should tell her bishop that she had oral sex with Alexander. Arias said afterward, Alexander was very cold toward Rachel.

4:53 p.m. ET: Nurmi asked Arias if Alexander ever encouraged her to end friendships with women. Arias yes, because he didn't like one of her friends she met through the Mormon church, named Rachel.

4:50 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander requested her not to be friends with several males in her life.

4:46 p.m. ET: Alexander was uncomfortable when she hugged a friend and business associate at a Prepaid Legal event.

4:42 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at sidebar with the judge discussing an issue prosecutor Juan Martinez has with some of Arias' email records.

 

 

4:40 p.m. ET: At some point in May or June of 2008, Arias said she suggested again to Alexander he needed to get professional help for his attraction to children.

"I didn’t really want to bring it up anymore. But, after he made that comment about sodomizing a little girl on the phone ... I was concerned that he wasn’t making any progress. So, I sent him another of a little stack of pamphlets that I had," said Arias.

4:38 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about how Alexander did not like that she was talking to other men through email and other means.

4:35 p.m. ET: Numri is asking Arias about other sexually explicit names Alexander would call her.

"He calls me a bitch, he tells me I’m worthless," said Arias.

4:33 p.m. ET: Alexander sent Arias a text message on May 26, 2008, calling her a "pure whore."

4:32 p.m. ET: Arias is reviewing the records of the text messages once again.

4:31 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander was aggressive with her in text messages he sent her in June 2008.

4:27 p.m. ET: After reviewing the records, Arias said it seems she dyed her hair brown around March 20, 2008. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

4:25 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking Arias to look through records of text messages to find a reference to when she dyed her hair brown.

4:22 p.m. ET: Arias said her sister had a drug problem in 2008.

"I wasn’t aware at the time that she had a drug addiction and she was an alcoholic, and she was only 17. And she was also coming out of an abusive relationship that she was hiding from the whole family. And I didn’t know any of those three problems, so I thought her behavior was a little off," said Arias.

4:21 p.m. ET: Arias said she dyed her hair brown when she still lived in Mesa, Arizona.

4:20 p.m. ET: Nurmi is showing the jury pictures of Arias that show her with brown hair and blonde highlights in May or June of 2008.

"I would just say, various shades of brown, medium to dark, light to dark maybe," said Arias.

4:17 p.m. ET: Arias said she still had feelings for Alexander in May of 2008.

4:15 p.m. ET: Nurmi asked Arias is she was interested in having Alexander as her sex slave. Arias replied no she did not look at him like that.

"I don’t think any of my pleasures were vile, maybe lustful, and I didn’t expect him to be designed for that," said Arias.

4:13 p.m. ET: Arias said in May 2008 she was "probably" willing to have animalistic sex with Alexander.

4:12 p.m. ET: Alexander called Arias a slut in bed.

"Well, he wasn’t saying it as an insult … I just knew that he was enjoying himself," said Arias.

4:11 p.m. ET: Arias said she was usually game for whatever creative sexual ideas Alexander came up with.

4:10 p.m. ET: Nurmi is showing the jury a text message Alexander sent Arias about a "photo shoot" that seems to reference one of his sexual fantasies. Arias said the text message is referencing Alexander's fantasy of dressing her up like Little Red Riding Hood and tying her to a tree and then having sex with her.

4:03 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about a text message she received from Alexander requesting her to text him sexually explicit photos of her body.

4:01 p.m. ET: "It had been a pattern of Travis since before we dated, that he didn’t take kindly to me going on dates with other guys … even after we broke up," said Arias.

4:00 p.m. ET: Arias said she thought there was potential for a romantic relationship with Ryan Burns. She made plans to visit Burns in Utah so they could get to know each other.

3:58 p.m. ET: Arias said she began talking on the phone with Ryan Burns while she lived in Yreka, California, in the Spring of 2008.

3:56 p.m. ET: Alexander did not like it when Arias when on a date with a guy named John Dixon.

3:54 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about how she met Ryan Burns, the man she visited outside of Salt Lake City the day after killing Alexander. Burns testified earlier in the trial that he kissed Arias that day.

3:52 p.m. ET: 

3:50 p.m. ET: Arias back on the stand.

3:39 p.m. ET: The parties are in the courtroom waiting for the judge to begin testimony.

3:34 p.m. ET: Testimony should start back up any minute.

2:01 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed the court for lunch. The live blog will continue when testimony picks back 3:30 p.m. ET.

1:59 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about how she met Ryan Burns, the man she visited and kissed the day after killing Alexander.

1:56 p.m. ET: Arias said she was not trying to date anyone when she moved back to Yreka.

1:55 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking how frequently Arias would have phone sex with Alexander after moving back to Yreka.

1:54 p.m ET: Arias said she enjoyed talking about sex with Alexander on the phone, because he was nice to her when they were talking about sex.

"Actually, I liked it. It wasn’t about the sex … it was more about, he was very nice to me, he was complimentary, he said nice things. Even when they were explicit they were complimentary to me. There were time when he was very mean and then he would be nice. And I craved the nice from him," said Arias.

1:53 p.m. ET: "It always seemed that way, like our arguments would always end up with me apologizing more and I felt bad for saying that too," said Arias.

1:50 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking Arias if she felt better after moving to Yreka, California. Arias said her relationship with Alexander at this point was back and forth while she was in Yreka.

"It was still up and down with Travis so I would feel down at times and then up. Sometimes, I would do something to piss him off and he would send more mean text messages or e-mails or chatting. So, I didn’t like that because I knew I would still have to see him in the future as far as Prepaid Legal events. And I wanted us to be able to be friends. I wanted us to be able to show up at these events and show up with our own respective spouses and be happy for each other," said Arias.

1:47 p.m. ET: Arias said she got so mad one time when Alexander was bullying her that she threatened to tell people he was a pedophile.

"I said the only thing that I’m going to be spitting out is the fact that you’re a pedophile with a past. And something like that. And I was saying… I don’t know. At the time I categorized what I saw as child pornography. I realize it wasn’t child pornography. It was just a picture of a young boy," said Arias.

1:46 p.m. ET:

"It was like my nerves, kind of like a Chihuahua shakes, they just kind of tremble a little bit," said Arias.

1:45 p.m. ET: When Alexander would get mad, Arias would have this shaking reaction even when she was hundreds of miles away from Alexander in California.

1:43 p.m. ET:  Arias said when Alexander would get mad at her she would visibly shake.

1:38 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander accessed her email account in April 2008. In the fall of 2007, Alexander suggested to Arias that they should exchange passwords to their email accounts to help rebuilt trust in their relationship.

1:34 p.m. ET: "I felt really bad because I knew what it was like when I found out that he was seeing a bunch of girls on the side when I was his girlfriend. And now he had a girlfriend and I was one of the girls that he was seeing on the side that his girlfriend didn’t know about," said Arias.

1:33 p.m. ET: Alexander and Arias had multiple issues in their relationship around the time she moved. Arias said Alexander had told her he was dating another girl, Lisa Andrews, in the Spring of 2008. Arias said despite this, she continued to sleep with him, because "old habits die hard."

"Well, internally it didn’t always feel OK but It’s kind of like old habits die hard and we were still together physically, so the opportunity was always there to act that way. And obviously there was still some chemistry or attraction to a degree. And I knew it was unhealthy, but I wasn’t making healthy decisions at that time so I just continued to sleep with him," said Arias.

1:29 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander flipped her off when she was drove off on her way to Yreka.

"It hurt my feelings. I didn’t want to leave things like that. He used to say we should never go to sleep angry at each other," said Arias.

1:28 p.m. ET:  "I just remember I left crying. I didn’t want to leave things that way. But, I just knew he’d call me or I’d call him and there would be apologies because that was always the cycle. I felt unsettled leaving things that way, but you know I just thought we’d talk about it later," said Arias.

1:27 p.m. ET: Nurmi is showing the jury an email Arias sent to Alexander before she moved to Yreka in the spring of 2008.

1:25 p.m. ET: Arias said before she left, she got in an argument with Alexander and was crying when she left.

1:24 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi begins by asking Arias about when she moved away from Mesa, Arizona to Yreka, California in the spring of 2008.

1:21 p.m. ET: Arias is taking the witness stand.

1:13 p.m. ET: From our producer in the courtroom:

Attorneys are at sidebar, Jodi has looked over at her family. There has been limited interaction between her and her parents and brother who are sitting in the front row. She looks over in their direction but not for very long. She does not smile or nod at them. Her brother appears eager to make a connection with her, he leans forward when she enters the courtroom. She appears to be in better spirits today than she was yesterday.

1:12 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:11 p.m. ET:

1:08 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens said the defense has not established prosecutorial misconduct is present in this case. She denied their request for a mistrial or any other remedy. Testimony could begin any minute now.

1:03 p.m. ET: Nurmi said his argument is not a sham. "This is about violating a court order,"said Nurmi.

1:01 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez says the defense argument is a sham.

1:00 p.m. ET: Nurmi is offering other remedies the court could consider instead of a mistrial. One of these options could be taking the death penalty off the table.

12:57 p.m. ET: The defense said Sky Hughes and her husband Chris Hughes were on the witness list and should not have been watching the trial because of a court order. Nurmi said, despite the court order, the prosecution had Sky Hughes watch the proceedings and feed him information. 

12:55 p.m. ET: Nurmi said prosecutor Juan Martinez has yelled at witnesses and thrown evidence on the ground.

12:53 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi is arguing that prosecutorial misconduct is present in this case and a mistrial should be granted. In fact, Nurmi said he could go on for hours about how much prosecutorial misconduct there has been in this case. Instead, he says he will keep it to a greatest hits list.

12:48 p.m. ET: The parties seem to be waiting for something. It is not clear what is delaying the proceeding.

12:45 p.m. ET: Judge Sherry Stephens released Gus Searcy from subpeona. He is free to participate in media interviews.

12:43 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Willmott is asking Sky Hughes if she has been watching media coverage of the trial. She said she has watched the trial and will call the prosecution's office with helpful information.

12:40 p.m. ET: Sky Hughes said the prosecution's office never told her or her husband to contact Searcy.

12:37 p.m. ET: Sky Hughes said her husband called Gus Searcy, after she asked him for Searcy's contact information.

12:36 p.m. ET: The representative from the prosecution's office asked Sky Hughes for Gus Searcy's phone number. Sky Hughes said prosecutors wanted to contact Gus Searcy, because the defense was going to contact him.

12:33 p.m. ET: Sky Hughes is talking about how the prosecution's office called her before the trial and asked her if she knew Gus Searcy.

12:32 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench. Sky Hughes is on the witness stand, and defense attorney Jennifer Willmott is questioning her. The jury is not present for this hearing. Hughes is married to Chris Hughes, who testified earlier about a conversation he had with defense witness Gus Searcy before the trial. Chris Hughes asked Searcy why he was going to testify for the defense. During this conversation, Chris Hughes called Defense Attorney Kirk Nurmi a "snake."

12:25 p.m. ET: Arias is being brought to the courtroom from her holding cell. The prosecutorial misconduct hearing should begin any minute.

 

Before Arias took the stand Wednesday, Judge Sherry Stephens held a hearing about the defense’s motion accusing Juan Martinez of prosecutorial misconduct.

Arias ended a humiliating day of emotional and sex-filled testimony Tuesday by discussing how she decided to go back home to Yreka, California, from Mesa, Arizona, where Alexander lived, in March 2008. Arias said Alexander hit her with a backhand while he was driving on the freeway, and it upset her so much that she decided to move home to her grandparents' house.

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