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Arias: 'I lied to everyone'

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  • Wednesday, prosecutor Juan Martinez grilled Jodi Arias about the lies she told after Travis Alexander's death
  • Arias claims she killed Alexander in self-defense
Arias: 'I lied to everyone'

Editor's note: The following blog contains graphic language of a sexual nature which some readers may find offensive.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez significantly turned up the heat on Jodi Arias Wednesday with pointed questions about sexual encounters she had with her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Martinez showed the jury text messages and played voice recordings meant to prove that Arias was always a willing participant in their sexual adventures and not a woman forced to comply with Alexander's erotic demands.

"It was a consensual, mutual relationship sexually speaking, wasn’t it?" he said.

"Yes, always," replied Arias.

In Session is live-blogging Arias' testimony.  Click here to read Monday's bombshell testimony and get caught up on Tuesday's live blog of Arias' time on the stand.

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

6:31 p.m. ET: The judge has recessed court for the evening. Testimony will pick back up at 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

6:29 p.m. ET: Arias said she doesn't know when her laptop was packed in her car. She also said its a detail she doesn't remember. Martinez said during direct examination, Arias said all of her items were in her car before 5:30 p.m. June 4, 2008.

6:27 p.m. ET: Arias said she put her bags in her rental car at some point.

6:25 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing the jury a picture of her genitalia taken at 1:44 p.m. ET. Arias said afterwards she took a shower, and put on clothes.

6:19 p.m. ET: Arias said she shot a sex tape with Alexander on June 4, 2008 with her Olympus camera. They watched it, and then deleted it.

6:17 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias why she would want to spend time with a "bully." Arias said he wasn't just a bully.

6:16 p.m. ET: Arias said she stuck around and spend time with Alexander after they had sex on June 4, 2008. The attorneys are at a sidebar.

6:15 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing sexually explicit photos to jury of Alexander that does not show the rope.

6:11 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about a sex tape she made with Alexander on June 4, 2008.

6:10 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander cut the rope in the bedroom, but she didn't know where he left it when he was done. Martinez replied by bringing up the fact that Arias had said during the investigation that she thought Alexander put the knife on his bedside table.

6:07 p.m. ET:

"I don't know about ropes and things," said Arias.

6:04 p.m. ET: Arias and Martinez are still talking about photos of Alexander's bedroom where no rope can be scene.

6:02 p.m. ET: Martinez just showed Arias sexually explicit photos that she took with Alexander on June 4, 2008. No rope can be seen in the photos.

5:57 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing the jury a picture of Alexander's bed to show how Arias was tied to it.

5:54 p.m. ET: Martinez is making the point that Alexander may not have needed to cut the rope for the sexual encounter. This point may cast doubt on whether the knife used to stab him was already in the bedroom like Arias claimed on direct examination.

5:51 p.m. ET: Alexander tied her hands against the bed, but she could slip her hands out.

5:47 p.m. ET: Arias is describing how long the rope was Alexander used for a sexual encounter on June 4, 2008, the day he died.

5:46 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about her arrival at Alexander's house the night before he died.

5:39 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with Judge Stephens.

5:37 p.m. ET: Arias said she was flattered that Alexander wanted her to see him during her road trip in early June 2008.

5:33 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias if she was going to visit Ryan Burns, a potential love interest, in Utah then why was she allowing Alexander to guilt her. Arias said he had an effect on her. Testimony has stopped for a few minutes while the court staff fixes a technical difficulty.

5:29 p.m. ET: Arias said before she left for her road trip in early June 2008, Alexander was trying to guilt her into stopping by Mesa, Arizona to see him.

5:27 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about Alexander's alleged ability to guilt her into doing things.

5:04 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court until 5:25 p.m. ET. The live blog will pick back up when testimony resumes.

5:03 p.m. ET: Arias said she could not see that what was on the ground was a license plate, because she was nearsighted and didn't know until 2 years later.

4:58 p.m. ET:

4:56 p.m. ET: Arias picked up a license plate she saw on the ground after she saw the skaters. She said she thought it the front license plate for her rental car, and it did not occur to her to double check it with license plate on the back of the car. If she had she would have noticed the license plate was supposedly upside down. Martinez is pointing out that Arias actions do not seem logical.

4:49 p.m. ET: Martinez has moved on to Arias' claim that some skaters may have turned her license plate upside down on her rental car.

4:48 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "What was taken from your room?"

"10 and 20 dollar bill," replied Arias.

Martinez asked, "Your laptop wasn’t taken?"

"No, my laptop was with me," replied Arias.

Martinez said, "Do you remember that you actually told the police officers that you were actually pretty lucky because your laptop was in a hamper sort of thing and the clothes were covering it and it hadn’t be stolen. Do you remember saying that to the officers?"

"No, I remember there was a discussion regarding the laptop and I told them I was lucky I had it with them," replied Arias.

4:47 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "How about the gun you used to kill Mr. Alexander, how big was that gun?"

"It wasn’t very big," replied Arias.

Martinez said, "Looked like a toy gun, right?"

"Looked pretty real, to me," replied Arias.

Martinez said "It could fit in your purse right?"

"Yes, if she takes a few things out of her purse," said Arias.

4:46 p.m. ET:

 

4:45 p.m. ET: Arias said some money was also stolen from her room in her grandparents' house.

4:43 p.m. ET: Martinez has moved on to Arias' grandfathers guns. A .25 caliber gun was stolen from Arias' grandparents house, where Arias was living, on May 28, 2008. The gun was the same caliber that was used to shoot Alexander, and the gun was never recovered by police.

4:42 p.m. ET:

"You didn’t know it was going to be important back then in 2008 this issue involving the gun, and that’s why when he asked you about it you said ‘no he doesn’t have any guns’ because it wasn’t important at that point because you couldn’t foresee the future,” said Martinez.

4:41 p.m. ET: Arias said she saw Alexander with his gun in the Fall in 2007, and it was the same gun she used to shoot him.

4:40 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "You had all the information when you called the detective, isn’t that true?"

"Barring my memory gaps, what I knew, I had information," replied Arias.

Martinez asked, "You knew you had been the person who had killed him, you knew that right?"

"Yeah" replied Arias.

4:37 p.m. ET:

4:36 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "So, when you are doing that you wouldn’t purposely say things that to hurt you, would? Hurt your case?"

"I don’t know," replied Arias.

Martinez asked, "You think you would purposely say things to hurt your case?"

"Probably not, that wasn’t really my goal," replied Arias.

4:35 p.m. ET: On the recording, Arias can be heard asking Flores what weapons were used to kill Alexander. Arias told Flores that Alexander did not have a gun. Arias testified earlier that she shot Alexander with his own gun she found in his closet when he was trying to attack her for dropping his new camera.

4:33 p.m. ET: Arias said she initiated contact with Flores before he reached out to her. Martinez is now playing a clip of the phone conversation Arias had with Flores shortly after his death.

4:30 p.m. ET: Now Martinez is asking Arias about a conversation she had with Detective Esteban Flores shortly after Alexander's body was found in June 2008.

4:27 p.m. ET: Martinez just asked Arias if she had a gun with on this road trip to Mesa, Arizona. She replied she did not have a gun.

4:25 p.m. ET: Arias said she never told Ryan Burns that she was going to stop to visit Alexander in Mesa, Arizona, before visiting Burns in the Salt Lake City area.

4:23 p.m. ET:

4:21 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "Your goal changed apparently?"

"I still wanted to save gas, but my priority changed," replied Arias.

4:20 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "So if you want to save on gas why is it then that you’re willing to pay $13 for a gas can which would increase if you will the price of travel by $13?"

"That wasn’t’ a calculation I made when I bought, that’s why I returned it," replied Arias.

4:19 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias if she wanted to save money why didn't she fill up the gas tanks in Nevada where gas is cheaper. Arias said when she got the gas cans her goal was to change, but when she decided to visit Alexander in Mesa, Arizona her priorities changed.

4:16 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not have a third gas, when she returned it Wal-Mart did not give her a return receipt.

4:11 p.m. ET:

4:10 p.m. ET: Martinez just pointed out that earlier Arias said she wanted the gas cans, because gas was so expensive in California. The receipts show Arias bought around $80 in gas filling up the car and tanks in Pasadena, California.

4:08 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "Wouldn’t you agree that cash transaction is harder to keep track of then a credit transaction?"

"Yes I would agree with that," said Arias.

4:06 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing a reciepts to the jury that shows Arias bought 9 gallons gas four minutes after buying 8 gallons of gas. She bought eight gallons of gas with a debit card, but she bought the 9 gallons a few minutes later with cash. Arias agreed with Martinez that a cash purchase would be harder to track.

4:04 p.m. ET:

Martinez said, "So, you’re saying throughout the trial you might have spaced out and not paid attention to whats going on?"

"During other people’s testimony sometimes my mind wonders," replied Arias.

4:03 p.m. ET: Arias said she had the gas cans so she could have extra gas on hand.

4:01 p.m. ET: One of the receipts show she filled the car up at an Arco in Pasadena, California.

4:00 p.m. ET: Arias returned the gas can at some point. Now Martinez is showing the jury gas receipts that seem to show the gas cans had a larger capacity than five gallons.

3:58 p.m. ET: Arias said she bought a third gas can from Wal-Mart in Salinas, California.

3:57 p.m. ET: After leaving Monterey, Arias said she got her nails in Salinas, California on June 3, 2008. The next day Alexander died.

3:56 p.m. ET: Arias said she put the gas cans in the trunk of the car after borrowing them from Brewer in Monterey, California.

3:52 p.m. ET: If you need more information on Arias' road trip that culminated in Alexander's death click this link:

Jodi Arias trial: The tragic road trip

3:51 p.m. ET: Martinez got frustrated at Arias, because she is adding information to her answers. He keeps explaining to the her that he wants one word answers when he asks yes or no questions.

3:49 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if she told Brewer that she was going to Mesa, Arizona. Arias replied no she told him she was going to see friends in Utah.

3:44 p.m. ET: Arias said she borrowed gas cans from her ex-boyfriend Darryl Brewer for her road trip in June 2008.

3:41 p.m. ET: Martinez is walking Arias through gas receipts from her June 2008 to Mesa, Arizona.

3:40 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

3:39 p.m. ET: Arias is back on the stand. Martinez is asking about Arias' road trip to see Alexander in June 2008. Arias is talking about how she ran out of gas in Nevada.

1:57 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens recessed court for lunch. The live blog will resume when testimony picks back up at 3:30 p.m. ET.

1:56 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if she is saying that red cars stick out to police departments more than white cars.

1:54 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about how she turned down a red rental car. The rental car agent testified earlier in the trial she didn't want a car that stood out. Arias just replied to Martinez and said she didn't want a red car, because they get more tickets.

1:50 p.m. ET: Arias said Redding is about 100 miles away from Yreka.

1:47 p.m. ET: Martinez reminded Arias that she testified earlier in the trial that Yreka is a small town and everyone knows each other's business.

1:46 p.m. ET: Martinez is hinting that Arias rented the car in Redding, California, instead of in her hometown of Yreka, because someone might recognize her there.

1:44 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about the rental reservations she made for a road trip to go visit Alexander in June 2008.

1:38 p.m. ET: Arias said that during her TV interview she could not keep her lies straight.

1:35 p.m. ET: In this clip, Arias gives a very detailed account of how the intruders killed Alexander, and how she tried to fight them off.

1:33 p.m. ET: Martinez is about to play another clip from the TV interview.

1:30 p.m. ET: In another clip of Arias' TV interview, she acknowledges that there is a lot of evidence that places her at the crime scene. Arias also said she almost lost her life that day, because she barely escaped the intruders in Alexander's home. They allegedly threatened her and told her that she could not tell anyone about what happened when Alexander died.

1:26 p.m. ET: Martinez then showed a gchat conversation Arias had with Ryan Burns, where she called him "hottie biscotti." Arias said she called a lot of people that nickname. Martinez tried to make the point that, because Arias called both Burns and Alexander that nickname she really didn't care about Alexander.

1:24 p.m. ET: Martinez showed the jury a text message Arias sent Alexander when she called him a "hottie biscotti."

1:20 p.m. ET: Martinez played another part of the phone sex conversation, where Arias said they were, "horny toads."

1:19 p.m. ET: Arias testified her sexual relationship with Alexander conflicted with Mormon teachings.

1:16 p.m. ET:

1:15 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing yet another part of the phone sex conversation. Arias said she wants to have sex with Alexander every day.

1:12 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing another part of the phone sex conversation with Alexander. In the clip, Arias said she wanted to shoot video of them having sex.

1:11 p.m. ET: Martinez asked, "It was a consensual, mutual relationship sexually speaking, wasn’t it?"

"Yes, always," replied Arias.

1:09 p.m. ET: In one text message, Arias told Alexander, "I want to [expletive} you like a dirty, horny little school girl."

1:08 p.m. ET: Martinez is showing the jury text messages Arias sent Alexander that shows Arias being an enthusiastic participant in sexual encounters with Alexander. The text messages are sexually explicit.

 

1:02 p.m. ET: 

1:00 p.m. ET:

12:59 p.m. ET: Arias said it takes two hands for her to masturbate.

12:57 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias about the time Alexander started having sex with her while she was asleep and whether it was consensual. Arias said yes and no.

12:51 p.m. ET: In the recording, Arias said she hopes to marry a "kinky" Mormon man.

12:50 p.m. ET: Martinez is playing another part of the phone sex recording to the jury.

12:47 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not get a chance to delete the recording of the phone sex, because it was stolen. A few years later the phone resurfaced.

12:43 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking who was in possession of the phone sex recording after it was made. Arias said she never gave to Alexander. Earlier in the trial, Arias claimed Alexander requested that she record their phone sex.

12:40 p.m. ET: Arias said she doesn't believe Alexander did not masturbate before meeting her.

12:37 p.m. ET: Martinez just played another part of the phone sex conversation between Arias and Alexander. Alexander said he did not masturbate before meeting Arias.

12:36 p.m. ET: Martinez proved his point that people lie, by pointing out all the lies Arias told. 

12:34 p.m. ET:

12:33 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias if she witnessed Alexander have sex with other people. She said Alexander told her he had sex with other girls. Martinez replied that he wanted to know about her first-hand experience, not what Alexander said, because people lie.

12:29 p.m. ET: In the interview clip, Arias gives an example of Alexander's generosity. Arias claims while in Ehrenberg, Alexander gave a homeless woman a cheeseburger. She makes no mention of the sexual encounters she and Alexander allegedly had that made her feel like a prostitute.

12:24 p.m. ET: Martinez is about to play a clip for Arias' interview with a TV show where she discusses her trip to Ehrenberg.

12:23 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about a trip she took to Ehrenberg, Arizona, to meet Alexander. Arias said she felt like a prostitute after the trip. Martinez just played a sexual explicit recording of Arias talking to Alexander where she said she enjoyed their sexual experience in Ehrenberg.

12:20 p.m. ET: Arias is in the courtroom, and testimony should begin any minute.

 

On June 4, 2008, Alexander was shot in the head, stabbed multiple times, and his throat was slit from ear to ear.

Read more: In Session's live blog of Tuesday's testimony

Prior to that, a burglar allegedly broke into Arias’ grandparents house, where Arias was living at the time, and stole a .25 caliber handgun. The medical examiner said earlier in the trial the same caliber gun was used to shoot Alexander. The gun was never found.

Arias testified that an altercation occurred between Alexander and herself on June 4, 2008, in which he 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, and used it to protect herself. She said the gun went off, but that that didn't stop him. She says she does not remember stabbing him.

Read more: 142 evidence photos from the Arias trial

If Martinez can prove Arias staged the break-in at her grandparents' home to get her hands on a gun it could help him establish premeditation, and the jury may be persuaded to convict her of first-degree murder.

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