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Prosecutor Juan Martinez is trying to prove Jodi Arias is lying about why a gun and knife happened to be in her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander’s bedroom the day she killed him, and his argument may hinge on a mysterious rope.
During direct examination, Arias said Alexander attacked her June 4, 2008, after she dropped his new camera, and she shot him in self-defense. She claims that she doesn't remember stabbing him. The medical examiner testified earlier in the trial that Alexander was stabbed multiple times, his throat was slit from ear to ear and he was shot in the head.
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Arias said Alexander used a knife to cut a rope to tie her up to the bed for a sexual act. He then placed the knife somewhere in the bedroom or the bathroom.
On Wednesday, Martinez pointed out that there’s no evidence the rope existed. He showed the jury explicit photos of Arias and Alexander on his bed, but no rope could be seen in the photos.
Martinez also pointed out that investigators never recovered the rope from the crime scene. Arias provided an explanation as to why this mysterious rope disappeared.
Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi asked Arias, “What about the rope he had tied you up with. Did you take that with you?”
“Yes," replied Arias.
Nurmi asked, “And do you remember what you did with that?”
“Eventually it went into a Dumpster,” said Arias.
Nurmi asked, “Where?”
“It was behind a gas station. I think it was, I think it was somewhere after St. George. I don’t remember. It was getting light out. Wherever I was parked at that point,” replied Arias.
Arias said she doesn’t know what happened to the knife, but she did admit to disposing of the gun in the desert.
If Martinez can prove the rope never existed, he may be able to convince the jury that Arias brought the knife into the bedroom because she planned to kill Alexander.
On Wednesday, Martinez also attacked Arias claim that she found the gun she used to shoot Alexander in his closet as she tried to escape his wrath. Martinez pointed out that Arias told Mesa, Arizona, police Det. Esteban Flores during the investigation that Alexander did not own a gun.
"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.
Martinez also asked Arias about a .25 caliber handgun that was allegedly stolen from her grandparents house in May 2008, which is the same caliber as the one used to shoot Alexander. Arias said she did not have any knowledge of her grandfather owning such a gun.