Jodi Arias grilled over ‘litany of lies’

NEED TO KNOW
  • Prosecutor Juan Martinez challenges her self-defense claims
  • Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander; she claims self-defense

Watch Jodi Arias live on the witness stand Tuesday on HLN.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez kept up his aggressive courtroom style on Monday, the second day of his cross-examination, as he peppered Jodi Arias with questions about the events leading up to and after Travis Alexander's death.

At one point during the cross-examination, Arias said she did not want her parents to see her admit to killing Alexander. Martinez shot back, "Then why are you admitting to it now?"

Honing in on the details of Alexander's brutal death, Martinez said, "Can you imagine how much it must have hurt Mr. Alexander when you stuck that knife right into his chest?"

In Session live-blogged Arias' testimony Monday. Get caught up on Thursday's live blog of Arias' testimony (Read below for minute-by-minute updates from her testimony today (best read from the bottom up):

6:37 p.m. ET: The court has recessed for the evening. Arias' testimony will pick back up at 12:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

6:35 p.m. ET: Arias testified earlier that she was grounded for three months, and that's why she moved out of the house. Arias just said the reason why her father grounded her was because she wasn't studying for a test. Martinez asked her why did she make it seem like in her earlier testimony that her father was being mean to her.

6:32 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking why Arias called her ex-boyfriend Bobby Juarez multiple times to warn him about the end of the world.

6:30 p.m. ET: Arias and Martinez are talking about how Arias met an old man in high school who told her the end of the world was going to end on September 3, 1997.

6:24 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if she can make decisions for herself. Arias said, "Yes."

6:22 p.m. ET: Arias said she moved to Mesa, Arizona, about a month after she broke up with Alexander in July 2007.

6:19 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing another clip from the CBS "48 Hours" interview. In this clip, Arias said she moved to Mesa, Arizona, because Alexander persuaded her to move there. She also said it ended up being a good idea.

6:17 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about how she told the jury earlier in the trial that the reason why she thought no jury would find her guilty is because she planned to kill herself before trial. He pointed out that Arias' statement that smiled in her mugshot, because she was "innocent" seems to contradict her claim she wanted to commit suicide.

6:10 p.m. ET: Now Martinez is playing another clip from the CBS "48 Hours" interview, where Arias said she smiled in the mugshot, because that is what Alexander would have done in the situation. She also said she also smiled, because she was innocent.

6:07 p.m. ET: Martinez just showed Arias' mugshot to the jury and noted that she was smiling.

6:05 p.m. ET: Martinez played another clip from the CBS "48 Hours" interview where Arias said McCartney is one of her "best friends" and "allies."

6:02 p.m. ET:

6:01 p.m. ET: Martinez played part of a CBS 48 Hours interview where Arias said she thought McCartney would never betray her.

6:00 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if she ever thought McCartney would betray her. She said she had that belief in the past.

5:58 p.m. ET: Arias said when she saw McCartney, she thought she had makeup on her neck covering up the bruises.

5:55 p.m. ET: Arias said she arrived at McCartney's house in the late afternoon. Martinez is questioning her timeline of this leg of her trip to McCartney's house in the Monterey, California area.

5:50 p.m. ET: Arias said she moved out of Mesa, Arizona a few days after the choking incident. On the way back home to Yreka, California, she stopped by McCartney's house. During this line of questioning, Arias seemed to be confused by Martinez's questions.

5:46 p.m. ET: Martinez is pointing out that McCartney would not be able to see her bruises over the phone.

5:45 p.m. ET: Arias said she talked to McCartney about the choking incident a few days afterwards.

5:44 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if McCartney visited her in jail. Arias said he has visited her, and they have talked on the phone.

5:42 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking about how Alexander choked her until she passed out in April 2008. Arias said she told Matt McCartney about the incident a few days, when he called her out on her bruises. Martinez asked Arias if she knew what McCartney said when he was interviewed about this claim. The defense objected and now the attorneys are at a sidebar.

5:38 p.m. ET: From our producer in the courtroom:

The judge has asked the State to stop his questioning of Arias until they can fix the courthouse's FTP system, this is the court's internal audio/visual system which records courtroom proceedings. We should resume in a few minutes.

5:37 p.m. ET: The court is taking a brief break.

5:35 p.m. ET: Martinez has moved on to an incident in April 2008 where Alexander allegedly choked her until she passed out. He again points out there is no corroborating evidence that this event took place. 

5:32 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander finished banging his head on the door, he looked at her like a "mad man." She ran down the hallway, and he grabbed her by her wrist and hugged her.

5:29 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about an episode where Alexander allegedly banged his head against his closet door. Arias said Alexander hit his head against the door for about a minute.

5:26 p.m. ET: Arias is back on the stand, and her testimony should begin shortly.

5:07 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for the afternoon break. The live blog will pick back up when testimony resumes at 5:25 p.m. ET.

5:05 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about an episode where Alexander allegedly banged his head on a door.

5:01 p.m. ET: Martinez is repeatedly pointing out that there is no corroborating evidence of Alexander's alleged physical abuse of Arias.

4:58 p.m. ET: There was just a heated exchange between Martinez and Arias:

Arias asked, "Can you be more specific?"

"No, can you be more specific," replied Martinez.

4:56 p.m. ET:

 

4:55 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "So your prior statements indicate that this injury to your finger didn’t happen on January 21 of 2008 it happened on June 4th of 2008, right?"

"Yes," replied Arias.

4:54 p.m. ET: Martinez is now going over the injuries Arias allegedly endured at the hands of Alexander.

4:52 p.m. ET:

 

 

4:51 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "Do you see how that’s inconsistent?"

"It wasn’t inconsistent with our pattern," replied Arias.

Martinez said, "You’re telling him he’s 'the best' after you say he hit you on the side of the neck?"

4:50 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias why she called Alexander "the best" after he allegedly hit her. She said Alexander had apologized by that time, and they had made up from the fight.

4:48 p.m. ET: In a text message conversation from the same day Alexander allegedly hit Arias, she calls Alexander "sweetie" and asks to borrow his BMW.

4:43 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with Judge Stephens.

4:41 p.m. ET: Martinez is now moving on to text message records between Arias and Alexander from the day she says he hit her in the car.

4:39 p.m. ET: At the end of the journal entry, Arias wrote she loved Alexander.

4:38 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "Seems like you were into the sex as much as he was, right?"

"Yes," replied Arias.

4:37 p.m. ET: Arias said she had sex with Alexander the night he was supposedly abusive.

4:35 p.m. ET: Martinez said of the journal, "It doesn’t talk anything about getting hit on the side of the head with the hand, does it?" Arias repeatedly says the journal only mentions part of what happened that day.

4:34 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "Is phone sex OK or not?"

"It’s not OK for our religion," replied Arias.

4:33 p.m. ET: Arias said the journal entry only mentions part of what happened that day.

4:32 p.m. ET: In the journal entry, Arias said she needs to move back home to Yreka, California. She also says Alexander is her best friend in the world and she can't imagine living without him. Martinez said this doesn't seem to support that he hit her in the car that day.

4:28 p.m. ET: Martinez points out that the following journal entry mentions what happened the day that Alexander supposedly hit Arias in the car, but it fails to mention anything about the violent episode Arias testified about earlier in the trial.

4:18 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at another sidebar with Judge Stephens.

4:14 p.m. ET:

4:13 p.m. ET: Arias and Martinez are discussing the incident in March 2008 when she claims Alexander hit her while they were driving down a freeway in Arizona. Martinez claimed this was a lie, and the incident never happened. He is now showing her one of her journal entries from March 2008.

4:11 p.m. ET: Martinez is walking Arias through times she said Alexander physically abused her.

4:10 p.m. ET: Now Martinez has moved on to talk about the incident where Arias caught Alexander cheating on her in August 2007. Arias said they weren't dating at the time but they were "courting."

4:08 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking if Alexander's family deserved to know then why did she send a letter to Alexander's grandparents in July 2008 that said two intruders killed Alexander?

4:06 p.m. ET:

4:05 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing a clip of Arias' CBS "48 Hours" interview. On the tape, Arias says Alexander's family deserves to know what happened to their loved one.

4:02 p.m. ET: Arias said she sent a letter to Alexander's grandparents on July 28, 2008, more than a month after his death.

4:01 p.m. ET: The jury is walking into the courtroom. Testimony should pick back up in a few moments.

 

 

3:52 p.m. ET:

3:47 p.m. ET: Arias is sitting quietly on the stand as the attorneys are at sidebar.

3:37 p.m. ET: The attorneys are still at a sidebar with Judge Stephens.

3:31 p.m. ET: Testimony should resume any moment. The attorneys are at a sidebar with Judge Stephens.

1:58 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for lunch. The live blog will pick back up when testimony continues at 3:30 p.m. ET.

1:53 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with judge Stephens.

1:51 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "And to continue this litany of lies, it isn't restricted to Utah. You also lied to people in Arizona, didn't you?"

"Yes, everyone," said Arias.

1:45 p.m. ET: Arias said she kissed Burns a couple days after killing Alexander but did not rub her genitalia against his. Arias said Burns was full of crap when he said the two met and he was able to put his hand near her vaginal area.

1:38 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if she is left or right handed, and what hand she used to stab Alexander.

1:37 p.m. ET: The day after Alexander died, Arias told a friend she hoped that her kids would play with Alexander's children in the future. Martinez asked Arias if she thought he was alive at that time. Arias said she thought he was dead, but it was just a wish she had at the time. 

1:33 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias what is so hard about understanding whether someone is breathing or not.

1:31 p.m. ET: Arias said she tried to pretend she was happy when she visited Ryan Burns the day after killing Alexander. Martinez asked her if she was testing whether there would be a “spark” between them. Arias said that was not the only reason. 

1:24 p.m. ET: Arias stopped her car in the desert, and cleaned herself up after killing Alexander. Martinez asked her if she did this because she knew she had killed Alexander. Arias said she "wasn't there," and is unsure of what she was thinking at that time. Martinez asked her why she was "there" enough to call an ex-boyfriend.

1:21 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking about how Arias got lost in the desert after killing Alexander. Arias said she doesn't know when she got lost, but it was around the time she powered up her phone with a mobile charger.

1:18 p.m. ET:

1:17 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about the lies she told Ryan Burns when she visited him the day after killing Alexander. Arias was romantically interested in Burns.

1:13 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "So it's more important to you about your feelings of embarrassment than to tell the truth?

Arias said there were other factors for not telling the truth, but she thinks the better word to use was "ashamed."

1:11 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "You didn’t seem to have any problems on direct examination when you were talking to us about all of the sexual exploits with Mr. Alexander, did you?"

"I did have problems," replied Arias.

Martinez said, "You regaled us for days on end about your exploits, didn’t you?"

1:09 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about the lie she told detective Flores that two intruders killed Alexander. Arias said she told Flores that she heard Alexander screaming, and she was able to escape the attack.

1:07 p.m. ET: Arias said she tried to kill herself with a razor when she was in jail. She said she accidently cut herself with the razor, and it hurt. Martinez asked her about the pain Alexander must have felt when she stabbed him in the chest. 

Martinez said, "Can you imagine how much it must have hurt Mr. Alexander when you stuck that knife right into his chest?"

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi objected that the question was argumentative, and the judge sustained his objection. The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:03 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about how she changed her story after detective Flores confronted her about how forensic evidence placed her at the scene. Arias said she changed the story to conform with the forensic evidence.

12:59 p.m. ET: Arias said her memory is not perfect. Martinez wants to know why sometimes her memory seems photographic, but at other times it's spotty. 

Martinez said, "Again, I ask you, do you have problems with your memory?"

Arias said she does not.

12:53 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about her statement that she was not "sophisticated" when it came to law enforcement. Arias agreed with Martinez that her lack of "sophistication" was not an excuse to lie.

12:49 p.m. ET: Arias said she lied to detective Flores about being in Arizona the day Alexander was killed.

12:46 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias what her motivation was for lying to Flores. She said she did not want her parents to see her admit to killing Alexander. Martinez shot back, "Then why are you admitting to it now?"

12:41 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing a video of Mesa, Arizona, Det. Esteban Flores interrogating Arias. In the video Arias said she would do whatever she could to help Flores with his investigation of Alexander's death. Arias admits that statement wasn't true.

12:38 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with Judge Sherry Stephens.

12:37 p.m. ET: Prosecutor Martinez just asked Arias if she had a problem telling the truth. She said she did not have a problem telling the truth.

Read more: Arias prosecutor's feisty style: Could it backfire?

This week, Martinez is expected to question Arias' self-defense claim with evidence of premeditation, including the theft of her grandfather’s gun, a gun with the same caliber as the one used to shoot Alexander. He will also likely bring up her decisions to rent a car and borrow gas cans for her trip to Mesa, Arizona, to visit Alexander in June 2008.

Read more: Arias trial: The tragic road trip

Last week, Arias finally presented her version of the events that led up to the brutal slaying of her ex-boyfriend. She described an altercation that occurred on June 4, 2008, in which Alexander body slammed her onto the bathroom floor after she dropped his new camera. She said she ran into the closet to get away from him, found a gun on the top shelf of his closet and used it to protect herself. She said the gun went off, but that didn't stop him. She said that she does not remember stabbing him multiple times. Alexander was stabbed in the heart, and his throat was slit from ear to ear.

Monday was the second day of Martinez’s cross-examination of Arias, and he had quite a bit of ground to cover. Martinez has jumped around chronologically during his cross-examination of Arias, which is likely a technique to keep her off-guard. He has also maintained an aggressive courtroom demeanor. On Thursday, as he questioned Arias, Martinez raised his voice multiple times and cut her off when she did not answer his questions in the way he wanted.

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