Jodi Arias and prosecutor Juan Martinez battled inside the Phoenix courtroom this week as the accused murderer stands trial for the June 2008 death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Jodi Arias claims she stabbed her ex-boyfriend 29 times, shot him in the face, and slit his throat from ear to ear in self-defense. This week, the prosecutor challenged Arias’ version of events in an attempt to prove the state’s belief that the killing was premeditated.
More lies revealed
Monday, Martinez began his cross-examination by highlighting the many lies Arias admitted she told authorities and the extreme lengths she went to cover her tracks after killing her ex-boyfriend.
When Martinez asked her why she didn’t tell police the truth, Arias testified she was “ashamed,” and couldn’t bear to have her family hear her confess to the killing.
The prosecutor suggested Arias lied because she wanted to avoid prison. Martinez also implied that Arias’ testimony about contemplating suicide after the killing was an attempt to garner sympathy from the jury.
“You took a razor and cut yourself?” Martinez asked Arias.
“It was a nick,” Arias said.
“Can you imagine how much it must have hurt Mr. Alexander when you stuck that knife right into his chest? That really must have hurt,” Martinez fired back.
Arias also testified that she was pretending to be happy when she visited Ryan Burns, a potential love interest, in Utah hours after she killed Alexander.
Arias said Burns’ testimony about her sexual aggressiveness was “crap,” and she denied “grinding” with him during the visit.
Martinez attempted to show the lengths Arias went to perpetuate the lie that she had nothing to do with the killing.
A 48 Hours interview was played for the jury, during which Arias recalled sending Alexander’s grandmother flowers after he was found dead.
“Did they deserve that lie?” Martinez asked Arias.
“No,” Arias answered.
Martinez also accused Arias of lying about an incident in which she claimed Alexander backhanded her in a car.
In a journal entry dated March 2, 2008, Arias made no mention of the car incident, which according to her testimony, happened just a few days before the journal entry was made.
Abuse allegations shot down
Tuesday, Martinez tackled Arias’ claims that she was a victim of abuse, by playing more clips from Arias’ 48 Hours interview, in which Arias praised Alexander but never mentioned he allegedly abused her.
“I just personally can’t see any motive for myself to inflict this sort of thing on Travis, who’s been so generous, opened up his home and his refrigerator when I didn’t have money to go to the grocery store,” Arias said in the interview.
Martinez also showed the jury a text message Arias sent Alexander on April 18, 2008, after she moved back to Yreka, California.
“Travis, I thank you for being such an amazing friend…I appreciate all the ways you’ve gone out of your way for me,” Arias wrote in the message.
Martinez suggested the writings didn’t support Arias’ claims that Alexander abused her.
“I said during direct that he did many wonderful things,” Arias responded.
Martinez also showed the jury a message Arias wrote in a scrapbook at Alexander’s memorial that said, “Travis, you’re beautiful inside and out.”
The prosecutor also suggested that Arias was a willing participant, even the initiator, when it came to her sexual encounters with Alexander.
A phone sex conversation on May 10, 2008, showed Arias introduced Alexander to KY lubricant in order to make their sexual activities more pleasurable.
Covering her tracks
In an attempt to convince the jury Arias committed premeditated murder, Martinez highlighted the calculated steps Arias took to conceal her visit to Alexander’s home on June 4, 2008, the day of the killing.
Arias testified that she borrowed gas cans from her ex-boyfriend Darryl Brewer so that she could stock up on cheaper gas. However, Martinez suggested Arias hoarded the gas to avoid having to fill up her car in Arizona, giving her an alibi once Alexander’s body was discovered.
The prosecutor also questioned Arias about the displaced license plates than an officer noticed on her rental car when she was visiting Ryan Burns in Utah less than a day after the killing. Arias testified she believed it was the work of young pranksters she saw skating away from her car after she stopped at a Starbucks in Pasadena, California. However, Martinez suggested it was more likely that Arias rearranged the license plates to avoid detection.
Martinez also sought to disprove Arias’ explanation as to why there was a knife in Alexander’s bedroom on the day of the killing. Arias testified Alexander brought a knife upstairs to cut a piece of rope that he allegedly used to tie her up to the bed during sex. The prosecutor countered Arias’ testimony by showing the nude pictures Arias and Alexander took on the bed hours before the attack, pointing out there was no rope in sight, and noting that Arias admittedly took the rope with her after the killing and threw it in a dumpster to avoid detection.
To challenge Arias’ claim that she found the gun she used to shoot Alexander in his bedroom closet, Martinez played an excerpt of a videotaped interview Arias had with police, during which she denied Alexander owned a gun.
Arias grilled about day of killing
Cross examination ended Thursday with Arias conceding that after shooting Alexander, she slit his throat, stabbed him 29 times, then covered her tracks in an attempt to get away with the crime.
“Would you agree that you are the person who slit his throat from ear to ear,” Martinez asked Arias.
“Yes,” she responded.
Arias broke down in tears as Martinez questioned her about the multiple stab wounds, including the nine that pierced Alexander’s back.
“If he’s being stabbed in the back, he’s not a threat to you,” Martinez asked Arias.
“I could only guess, I don’t know what you’re asking me,” Arias cried.
Martinez suggested the physical evidence proved Arias’ version of the killing was unlikely.
A photograph of a spent shell casing lying on top of a pool of blood suggested Alexander was already bleeding before he was shot in the head, Martinez pointed out.
“How is it if you are shooting him, the shell casing, exhibit 111, landed in blood?” Martinez asked Arias.
“It didn’t land in blood,” Arias said.
Arias testified her memory got foggy after the gun went off. However, Martinez suggested Arias had the presence of mind to delete the pictures that placed her at the crime scene, drop the camera in the washing machine, get rid of the gun and rope, remove her blood-soaked socks, and clean up before arriving at a police checkpoint at the Hoover Dam
The prosecutor also played a voicemail Arias left on Alexander’s phone after the killing when she knew he was already dead.
“This fog you were under is not so deep it stops you from fabricating evidence?” Martinez asked.
“That would be correct,” Arias said.
Arias also admitted that she sent Alexander a text and an email after his death in an attempt to divert any suspicion away from her.
The prosecutor concluded his cross examination by replaying a clip from Arias’ interview with Inside Edition, in which she said, “No jury is going to convict me.”