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The day Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander

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  • Jodi Arias had rough sex with Travis Alexander hours before his death
  • On Tuesday, Arias read angry texts from her former boyfriend
  • Live coverage of Arias' testimony will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on truTV's In Session and HLN
The day Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander

At 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday Jodi Arias will testify about why she killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, in self-defense. Watch Arias' testimony live on In Session on truTV and HLN.

Arias' testimony will pick back up Wednesday where she left off Tuesday describing the moments just before Alexander attacked her on June 4, 2008, forcing her to kill him in self-defense.

Tuesday was Arias' seventh day on the witness stand. She described a mercurial boyfriend who would fly off the handle at the slightest misstep by Arias. During one text message exchange, she said that Alexander told her things would get "real bad for her," and threatened her with some sort of punishment.

Read more: Jodi Arias’ trial: The tragic road trip

In Session live-blogged Arias' testimony Tuesday. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from her testimony Tuesday (best read from the bottom up):

6:30 p.m. ET: The court has recessed for the day. In Session's live blog will pick back up when testimony continues at 12:30 p.m. ET:

6:29 p.m. ET: Arias said she used Alexander's camera to take pictures of him in his master bedroom.

6:28 p.m. ET: Alexander was proud of his body, so Arias offered to take pictures of him in his bedroom.

6:26 p.m. ET: Arias is talking about how Alexander had a trip booked to Cancun in June 2008, and she was not invited to go with him. Alexander was also working out a lot to lose weight for his trip to the beach.

6:22 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is asking Arias whether she wanted to end the trip on a positive note. Arias agreed, saying she wanted to leave with him not angry and with her not crying.

6:20 p.m. ET: Arias said after she cleaned herself, she went back into Alexander's office, and they decided to go back to his bedroom to take more pictures. The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

6:19 p.m. ET: A phone just went off in the courtroom. It was silenced fairly quickly.

6:18 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander told her to go clean herself up after he was done having sex with her. Arias said this made her feel a little used, but she did not dwell on that.

6:16 p.m. ET: Arias said she hoped the sex would help them avoid another fight.

6:15 p.m. ET: Eventually, Alexander and Arias had sex while she was bent over the desk. He ejaculated on Arias' lower back.

6:13 p.m. ET: Arias said she wanted to have sex with Alexander at the time, because it was better than him being mad. She said she felt that he had an erection as he pulled her pants down.

6:11 p.m. ET: Alexander began to press his groin up against Arias' butt as she was bent over the desk.

6:09 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not tell Alexander to stop, because she did not want make him even more mad.

6:07 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander grabbed her, spun her around and bent her over his desk. Nurmi showed a picture of the desk to the jury.

6:04 p.m. ET: Alexander threw one of the CDs that didn't work.

6:03 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander became more and more mad about the CDs that wouldn't work.

5:59 p.m. ET: Alexander became enraged when some of the CDs wouldn't work.

5:56 p.m. ET: Around 2 p.m., Arias began to pack up her rental car to leave. She went back in to his house to hang out for a few minutes and to give him some CDs.

5:53 p.m. ET: After having sex, Arias and Alexander watched their sex video then deleted it. Arias said she then took a shower, and then got dressed to continue her road trip to Utah.

5:50 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander also filmed a video of them having sex on June 4, 2008.

5:49 p.m. ET: From our producer in the courtroom:

As Defense attorney displays sexual explicit photos of Arias and Alexander, jurors are watching Arias' reaction for the most part. Alexander's sisters have been lowering their heads, as though anticipating photos of their dead brother, they look up when it's clear the photo is not of Alexander.

5:46 p.m. ET:

5:45 p.m. ET: On prior occasions, Arias told Alexander she didn't want to take sexual pictures, but on June 4, 2008, she did not object to his requests. Arias said he seemed thrilled while they were taking the explicit photos.

5:43 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander suggested all of the sexual poses she made in the photos that are being displayed for the jury. Alexander allegedly directed her what to do and how to pose.

5:42 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi points out that Arias has no pubic hair in one of the photos. Arias said she removed it at Alexander's request.

5:40 p.m. ET: Arias is having trouble looking at sexually explicit photos of herself. She is choking back tears as the photos are displayed for the jury.

5:39 p.m. ET: Arias is crying as she looks at sexually explicit photos of herself in braids from June 4, 2008. Alexander told her he liked the braids, because it was hot.

5:37 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander placed the knife somewhere in his bedroom or his bathroom. At some point, Arias said they took sexual pictures, and had vaginal sex.

5:35 p.m. ET: Alexander performed oral sex upon Arias while she was tied up, and she asked him to stop because his beard was scratching her. Arias said she slipped her hands out of the rope so she was not bound to the bed anymore. Before he tied her up, Alexander measured the rope and cut the rope with a kitchen knife.

5:32 p.m. ET: Arias said it is tough for her to talk to about her sexual encounters with Alexander on June 4, 2008, because it was the day she allegedly killed him in self-defense.

5:29 p.m. ET: During this sexual encounter, Alexander was dressed in his Mormon temple garments, and she was naked. Arias said her legs were not bound, but her hands were tied to the bed. The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

5:28 p.m. ET: Arias said she had sex with Alexander a couple times on June 4, 2008, the same day he died. She is describing how Alexander tied her up with rope for one of their sexual encounters.

5:24 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi just showed the jury a couple pictures of Alexander's office and his punching bag.

5:21 p.m. ET: Arias is back on the stand.

5:00 p.m. ET: The court has recessed for 20 minutes. The live blog will pick back up at 5:20 p.m. ET, when testimony resumes.

4:59 p.m. ET: Arias said she knew she was going to Mesa, Arizona, to have sex with Alexander.

4:58 p.m. ET: Arias said she woke up around 12:30 p.m. the next day, and Alexander woke up about 30 minutes later. They engaged in sex after Alexander woke up.

"I laid there for awhile with Napolean [his dog]. Travis sleeping, snoring very lightly. Then he woke up around 1 o’clock and we got up at that point," said Arias.

4:57 p.m. ET: Arias said she slept in Alexander's bed with him the night of June 3, 2008.

"After we went in the bedroom I think I asked if his roommates were home because it’s an indication of how quiet or how loud we have to be," said Arias.

4:56 p.m. ET:

4:55 p.m. ET: Alexander told her that he wanted to have sex that night.

4:53 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander showed her a new punching bag he had recently purchased. Arias said she was a little apprehensive about how Alexander was punching the bag, but she shrugged it off, because he had been in a good mood.

4:50 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi asked, "Would you describe this kiss as a romantic kiss?" "Definitely romantic," replied Arias.

4:49 p.m. ET: When Alexander noticed that she was there he got up off his chair and walked up to her and showed her some affection. "He had a big smile on his face and he kissed me on the lips," said Arias.

4:48 p.m. ET: Alexander was watching music videos on his laptop in his office when she arrived at his house. Arias emphasized that she was not armed -- no gun or knife -- when she arrived at his house.

"He had his back to me and he was on his laptop watching music videos or something on YouTube," said Arias. "I thought he looked cute sitting there at the computer and he was watching really dumb videos … so, I just stood at the doorway looking at him for a minute."

4:45 p.m. ET: Arias said she used a side entrance to Alexander's home and went out and got her luggage from the car.

4:43 p.m. ET: When Arias arrived at Alexander's home it was around 4 a.m., and she parked her car in his driveway.

"It was still dark but it was early morning. Maybe around 4ish," said Arias. "I parked it in the same spot I always parked when I went to his house -- which was the center spot in the driveway."

4:42 p.m. ET: Arias left Pasadena, California, and drove to Mesa, Arizona. She said she had to stop for gas twice along the way.

4:40 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi asks Arias again if she had a gun or a knife with her when she headed for Mesa, Arizona in June 2008. She replied that she did not have those items with her.

4:38 p.m. ET: "He had been very sweet. He had been guilting me. Kinda making me feel bad that I was taking this big trip and wasn’t coming to see him. And we had been trying to hook up and he kept being busy," said Arias.

4:37 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is asking Arias why she did not go to Utah to see Burns, as she planned. Arias is explaining how Alexander talked her into changing her plans to visit him in Mesa, Arizona.

4:35 p.m. ET: At some point on her trip, some skaters seemed to be messing with Arias' rental car. This may be her explanation of why her license plate was upset down.

4:31 p.m. ET: Arias said she tried to visit Darryl's sister, but couldn't reach her on the phone. She considered going to San Diego but decided it was too far.

4:29 p.m. ET: Arias said at the time she was in Monterey she had no intention of visiting Alexander in Mesa, Arizona. After Monterey, Arias said she headed for Salinas, California.

4:27 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is asking about Arias' stop at her ex-boyfriend Darryl Brewer's house in Monterey the morning of June 3, 2008. Arias said she borrowed two gas cans from Brewer, because she wanted to save money by buying cheaper gas in Nevada and Utah.

"Gas in Yreka at that time was 4.78 a gallon…it was very expensive. All gas in California is a little bit more expensive because they have stricter regulations. So, going to Nevada and Utah would have been cheaper. So, I wanted to fill it up," said Arias.

4:25 p.m. ET: Arias is explaining deposits she made at Washington Mutual branch in Monterey during her road trip in June 2008. Arias' every move on this road trip is mapped in this HLNTV story: Jodi Arias’ trial: The tragic road trip.

4:21 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi presented this picture to the jury to show them what Arias' hair looked like in June 2008.

4:18 p.m. ET: Arias said she rented a white Ford Focus on June 2, 2008, and took off for Monterey, California. She said she did not have any weapons with her.

4:13 p.m. ET:

4:12 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not want the red car  that the rental place offered her, because she has always been told to not drive red cars, because they get pulled over more often. The rental car agent testified earlier in the trial that Arias told him that she wanted a car that would blend in better, a white car.

4:10 p.m. ET: Arias is explaining why she rented a car for her June 2008 road trip. She said she wanted to rent a more economical car that had the proper road maintenance.

4:07 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi has moved on to Arias' road trip in early June 2008. Arias said her plan was to go to Monterey, California, and then San Diego.  After that she planned to cut through Nevada to West Jordan, Utah, to see Ryan Burns.

4:05 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not steal the gun, and she could have taken it at any point if she wanted.

4:03 p.m. ET: Arias said her grandparents' home was burglarized on May 28, 2008. A .25 caliber handgun was stolen from their home, the same caliber gun that was used to shot Alexander in the head.

4:01 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is asking Arias about how she made plans to see Ryan Burns in early June 2008. Burns lived just outside Salt Lake City at the time. This is the beginning of Arias' testimony about her tragic road trip that included allegedly killing Alexander in self-defense.

Read more: Jodi Arias’ trial: The tragic road trip

3:56 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander was not happy that she kept pushing him to get professional help for his what she alleges was his sexual feelings toward children.

3:54 p.m. ET: In another text message, Alexander also called Arias a sociopath and said she was the worst thing that has ever happened to him.

3:51 p.m. ET: In one message Alexander called her a "pure whore."

3:48 p.m. ET: During the argument, Alexander called Arias a variety of sexually degrading names. She said these texts are example of his wrath, and made her shake with anxiety.

3:47 p.m. ET: Arias said the conversation from May 25 turned into another fight, because she suggested Alexander get professional mental health, because of what she described as his sexual attraction to children.

3:44 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi has moved on to a text conversation from May 25.

3:43 p.m. ET: Arias said these nice emails made her feel good. She also said Alexander still scared her despite the fact she lived more than 1,000 miles away from him in California.

3:41 p.m. ET: Alexander texted Arias and told her she looked beautiful in all of her pics. He also told her in another text that she was "smokin hot."

3:38 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

3:35 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Kirk Numri is asking Arias to review records of text messages from May 2008.

3:31 p.m. ET: Arias is back on the stand, and the jury is walking in to the courtroom.

2:00 p.m. ET: Judge Sherry Stephens has recessed court for lunch. The live blog will pick back up at 3:30 p.m. ET when testimony continues.

1:59 p.m. ET: Alexander eventually said he was sorry too, and told her he loved her.

1:56 p.m. ET: Arias apologized to Alexander after he sent those angry text messages to her.

1:53 p.m. ET: Alexander sent Arias a text message that said this other man should have sex with her in the woods. This apparently referenced a sexual fantasy that Alexander wanted to act out with Arias.

1:49 p.m. ET: After Arias accidently sent Alexander a text message, she said she freaked out, becoming afraid because he would get angry.

1:47 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not know why Alexander got mad if she was going to date another man, because he was seeing another woman. The attorneys are are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:43 p.m. ET:

1:41 p.m. ET: Alexander eventually apologized to Arias for getting mad at her for not sending him pictures of his dog. He even complimented her about being pretty.

1:38 p.m. ET:

1:37 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander wanted photos Arias took of his dog so he could create a Facebook page for the animal. Again, when Arias didn't drop what she was doing to help him he became angry.

"He was trying to start a Facebook page for his dog. And I took pictures for Napolean and he wanted those pictures so he could have pictures on the Facebook page for Napolean," said Arias.

Alexander texted, "Sounds like a clever story for not doing it. Kinda funny everything went fine with 500 pics but mine and it all goes to hell. Very fishy. Just forget it. I know how you operate."

1:34 p.m. ET:

1:32 p.m. ET: Alexander wanted her to do him a favor that had to do with some photos, and he needed the file size of the photos shrunk. Arias said Alexander got mad when she didn't drop everything and do what he asked.

1:29 p.m. ET: 

1:28 p.m. ET: 

1:26 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is asking Arias about how she would shake when Alexander would get angry.

1:24 p.m. ET: Arias said she was suicidal when she was living in Mesa, and she felt better when she arrived in California in 2008. She said it was like breathing "oxygen."

1:22 p.m. ET: Alexander sent Arias this text message in April 2008:

"Bitter feelings brewing in me towards you. I’m sick of having days ruined by you. If it keeps up, I fear I’ll have a genuine dislike for you. I’m asking you before it gets to that, to stop doing it, before I start seeking revenge," wrote Alexander.

1:20 p.m. ET: Arias apologized to Alexander during this April 2008 conversation to get him to calm down.

1:18 p.m. ET:

1:14 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:13 p.m. ET: In one message from April 2008, Alexander tells Arias to not contact him. Alexander also told her things would get "real bad for her," and threatens her with some sort of punishment.

1:05 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:04 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is walking Arias through text messages from the day Arias moved back home to California in April 2008 to get away from Alexander's alleged abuse. Arias was living in Mesa, Arizona, where Alexander owned a home.

1:01 p.m. ET: Arias' mother has arrived, and is now sitting in the gallery.

12:57 p.m. ET:

12:56 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

12:54 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is moving on to a conversation from April 7, 2008.

12:53 p.m. ET: In one text message, Alexander tells Arias she should leave him alone if she is tired of him. Alexander also told her that he didn't want to ever get another text message from her unless Arias apologized to him for having to take on her never-ending problems.

12:50 p.m. ET: Arias said her apology to Alexander did not end their fight on March 30, 2008.

12:48 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

12:47 p.m. ET: Arias said during the conversation, she felt bullied, and was intimidated by Alexander.

12:45 p.m. ET: During the March 30 text conversation, Arias apologized to Alexander and told him to have a great day. Arias said she apologized, because she wanted to end the fighting between the two.

12:39 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

12:38 p.m. ET: They are now discussing a text message conversation from March 30, 2008. Alexander died June 4, 2008.

12:36 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander preferred that her vagina be hairless.

12:35 p.m: Arias is back on the stand. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi is asking Arias about some text messages she exchanged with Alexander shortly before his death.

READ MORE: Arias' steamy text messages take center stage

 

Arias' testimony ended last week with her describing how she still loved Alexander a month before she killed him, but he wouldn't publicly acknowledge their friendship.

Arias also described how Alexander was a 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."

Read more: What really killed Alexander?Alexander's rage would allegedly make Arias visibly shake at times. "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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