Arias prosecutor: 62 seconds to kill? 'Impossible'!

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Arias prosecutor: 62 seconds to kill? 'Impossible'!

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Prosecutor Juan Martinez came out swinging Wednesday, challenging Jodi Arias on her memory lapses and her version of how she killed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Based on time stamps on inadvertent photos from Alexander's camera that may show the killing in progress, Martinez said Arias only had 62 seconds to shoot him in the head, stab him multiple times and slit his throat from ear-to-ear. 

“Under your scenario, in 62 seconds you get body-slammed, you do whatever you do but you get away," Martinez said. "You run down the hallway, you go in the closet, you grab a gun, you back up, you shoot Mr. Alexander. After you shoot Mr. Alexander, you pick up the camera… and he’s already down the hallway with his throat slit," a scenario Martinez said was "impossible."

HLN is live-blogging the Jodi Arias trial. Get caught up on DAY 1 of juror questions and Day 2 hereRead below for minute-by-minute updates from her testimony Wednesday (best read from the bottom):

6:36 p.m. ET: Martinez has finished his follow-up questions, and there are no more questions from the jurors. Court has recessed until 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

6:35 p.m. ET: Nurmi has completed his follow-up questions, and now Martinez is asking questions.

6:33 p.m. ET: Nurmi is now asking about whether Arias took pictures of her injuries to her neck in April 2008. Arias said Alexander choked her and it bruised her neck.

6:32 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

6:31 p.m. ET: Arias said Alexander told her to not go to her bishop about her sexual sin. She claims that after Alexander died, she did go to her bishop about her sexual sin, but did not mention killing him.

6:29 p.m. ET: Arias said she was not a perfect Mormon, and she is talking about what a Mormon does when they commit a "transgression." For serious transgressions, Mormons should speak with their bishop. Arias said she tried to go to the bishop about her sexual sin with Alexander.

6:28 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi is now asking Arias follow-up questions.

6:26 p.m. ET: Juror questions: How many phone calls and text message conversations did you have with Alexander June 2 through June 4, 2008. Arias is reviewing the phone records now.

6:25 p.m. ET:

 

6:23 p.m. ET: Juror question: If you were scared after shooting Alexander, then why did you not shoot him again? Why did you use a knife?

Arias said Alexander knocked the gun out of her hand, and she said doesn't really remember what happened.

6:22 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens is reading additional questions from the jurors. The first juror question: How many times did you see Alexander's gun?

Arias said she saw it a few times before June 4, 2008.

5:55 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for the afternoon break. The live blog will resume when testimony picks back up at 6:10 p.m. ET. Our producer in the courtroom says it appears the attorneys are reviewing new questions from the jury.

5:54 p.m. ET: In Session's Beth Karas is in the courtroom, and she says the jurors have submitted yet more questions for Arias as Martinez grills her.

“You would agree that it requires you to put your finger on the trigger and pull it for it to fire, right?” asked Martinez.

“That’s my understanding, yes,” said Arias.

“You were there, right?” asked Martinez.

“Yes,” said Arias.

“And so you fired the gun, you shot him in the head and you killed him, right?” asked Martinez.

Yeah,” said Arias.

5:51 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked: “If he had already told you it was unloaded, then why did you think he was going to stop?”

“It was just a hope because it was my philosophy that if I had to look at the end of a barrel of a gun, I would stop. And I didn’t have time to sit and rationalize about whether or not he would care whether it was unloaded or loaded or what. I didn’t know, I just wanted him to stop,” said Arias.

5:50 p.m. ET:

5:49 p.m. ET:

“There’s really nothing here that’s out of order, wouldn’t you agree?” asked Martinez.

“I agree with that,” said Arias.

5:48 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if she stepped on that shelf, wouldn't it have tipped over, because they rest on little pins. Arias said the shelf did not tip over.

“Did you know that the rating on these shelves was 40 pounds? Did you know anything about that?”

At the time, Arias said she weighed around 150 pounds.

5:42 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about how she stepped on the shelf to reach Alexander's gun. Arias said she doesn't remember exactly which shelf she stepped on. Martinez is pointing out that the shelves are resting shelves.

Martinez asked: “Did you use anything to get up there or no?”

“Yes, I did,” replied Arias.

“What did you step on?” Martinez asked.

“I stepped briefly on the edge of the shelf, and I held on to the edge of the shelf with my other hand and I grabbed the gun with my free hand,” said Arias.

5:39 p.m. ET: Arias said she doesn't know if the gun was loaded on June 4, 2008.

“Did you believe or not believe that the gun was loaded?” asked Martinez.

“I didn’t stop to really think about whether it was loaded or not so I don’t know. I just… the only time the gun came to my head – I grabbed it and pointed it at him so he would halt,” said Arias.

5:37 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking how Arias was able to grab the gun off the top shelf in Alexander's closet.

5:36 p.m. ET: Arias said yes she did tell Flores that Alexander did not own a gun, and that was a lie.

“Do you remember telling Detective Flores that Mr. Alexander did not have a gun?” asked Martinez.

“Yes I do,” said Arias.

“That was a lie, is that what you’re saying now?” asked Martinez.

“Yes,” said Arias.

5:34 p.m. ET: Martinez is now asking if Arias told Det. Esteban Flores days after Alexander did not have a gun just days after he died.

5:30 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

5:28 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias why she didn't call 911 when Alexander abused her. Arias said one of the reasons relates back to a situation that happened with her high school boyfriend.

Martinez asked: “Did anything stop you from calling 911?”

“Well in the heat of the moment, yeah, Travis did but afterward I could have,” said Arias.

“Sure you could have, right?” asked Martinez.

“Yes,” said Arias.

“And you didn’t though, right?” asked Martinez.

“That’s correct,” said Arias.

5:27 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked: “Isn’t it true that you knew it was wrong and you said, ‘I don’t care,’ even if it’s wrong – involving the sex – you’re going to do it anyway?”

“At one point, regarding when we would go all the way with vaginal sex, it reached a point where we did say that, yes,” said Arias.

5:25 p.m. ET: Martinez is now asking Arias about how she took guidance from Alexander about the Mormon Law of Chastity. He asked her if she ever told Alexander that "if it is wrong, I don't want to be wrong." Arias said yes. She did say that to Alexander.

5:22 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge. Martinez was asking about how Arias was offended by the language Alexander used during the fight.

5:18 p.m. ET: Arias said the fight began downstairs, and then it continued upstairs.

5:16 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking about a fight she had with Alexander before they went on a hike.

5:14 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

5:13 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked: “Why don’t you tell us… what the mandate is involving lying?”

“Um… that more or less you’re condemned to hell,” said Arias.

“For lying, right?” Martinez asked.

“Yes,” said Arias.

5:12 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias if she really follows the Book of Mormon using it as a guide for her life. She said that is not a yes or no answer.

5:11 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about The Mormon Law of Chasity. He is now showing Arias an excerpt of the Book of Mormon that mentions lying, and how people will be condemned to hell for lying.

5:05 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with judge Stephens.

5:04 p.m. ET: Arias said she tried her best to be a good Mormon, but she followed guidance Alexander gave her. Martinez is now asking Arias about what the Book of Mormon says about lying.

5:03 p.m. ET: Martinez is now asking Arias about how she has read the Book of Mormon. Arias said yes she has read it, but not the index.

“I didn’t read it cover-to-cover, I just read to the end of the Book of Mormon. But they have a huge index in the back that I didn’t read. Sorry,” said Arias.

Martinez asked: “You tried to be a good Mormon, right?”

“I did my best to appear that way,” said Arias.

5:02 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

5:01 p.m. ET:

“As you sit here today and you think about it, which is it: Was it in a holster or was it in a box?” asked Martinez.

“Well at that moment I didn’t have time to sit and examine it, I just grabbed it. I reached up – I didn’t get that high – I reached up my arm and grabbed it,” said Arias.

“I understand that you just reached up and grabbed it,” said Martinez. “I want to know if it was in a holster or not.”

“I can’t tell you,” said Arias.

5:00 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Nurmi seems to be objecting to every question Martinez asks Arias. One frequent objection Numi keeps using is argumentative.

4:58 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked: “Are you having any memory problems today?”

“Not that I’m aware of,” said Arias.

4:56 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias whether Alexander's gun was in a holster when she grabbed it. Arias said she does not know, because she was in a rush.

4:55 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

4:53 p.m. ET: Martinez just pointed out that during her "fog" she manipulated almost every piece of evidence of the crime.

Martinez asked: “Ma’am, everything that we’ve talked about that has anything to do with the crime… you somehow, in this fog of yours, manipulated, didn’t you?”

4:50 p.m. ET: Arias said she "presumes" she put gas in the car after killing Alexander.

4:49 p.m. ET: Arias said she put gas in her rental car at some point during her drive in the desert, but she is unsure when she did it. She also said she doesn't really remembering put gas in the car.

4:47 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about her drive in the desert after killing Alexander. Arias said she doesn't remember when she stopped to clean herself up.

4:44 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

Martinez asked, “After you dropped the knife, you took it with you, right?”

“Took it where?” asked Arias.

“I don’t know, I’m asking you, where did you take it?” asked Martinez.

“I have no idea,” said Arias.

4:42 p.m. ET: Arias said she remembers dropping the knife in the bathroom, because she heard it hit the tile.

4:41 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Arias what happened to the knife, and Arias said she doesn't remember.

4:40 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking she ever remembers having in the knife. Arias said at some point she does remember dropping the knife and screaming.

4:38 p.m. ET: The problem seems to have been resolved. Arias is back on the stand.

4:27 p.m. ET:

 

4:26 p.m. ET: The court still has a technical problem. Judge Stephens said she hopes it will be resolved shortly.

4:24 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens is back on the bench, and the attorneys are at a sidebar. Testimony should resume shortly.

2:36 p.m. ET: The court is having a technical problem. The judge has decided to discuss an issue with the attorneys in her chambers. The live blog will pick back up when testimony resumes at 4:15 p.m. ET.

2:32 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "So you had the knife with you?"

"I didn’t have the knife at the time that we fell and at the time when he threatened my life," said Arias.

Martinez asked, "At the time you shot him, did you have the knife with you?"

"I did not," said Arias.

2:30 p.m. ET:

Martinez asked, "Given the time restraints here, and the fact that you didn’t know where the knife was, it would have been impossible for you not to have the knife with you when the attack happened, right?"

"I don’t understand that question, sorry," said Arias.

2:28 p.m. ET: Arias said she did not have the knife with her when she shot Alexander. The attorneys are now at another sidebar with the judge.

2:24 p.m. ET:

2:23 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with judge Stephens.

2:22 p.m. ET: Martinez said there's another reason why her scenario is impossible. Arias said she doesn't remember much after she shot Alexander.

Martinez said, “Under your scenario, in 62 seconds you get body-slammed, you do whatever you do but you get away. You run down the hallway, you go in the closet, you grab a gun, you back up, you shoot Mr. Alexander. After you shoot Mr. Alexander, you pick up the camera… and he’s already down the hallway with his throat slit."

2:21 p.m. ET: Martinez challenges Arias' scenario that she was slammed on the ground, found his gun, shot him, and slit his throat all within 62 seconds. Martinez is using the inadvertent photos from Alexander's camera to conclude it took 62 seconds. Arias said the way Martinez describes it is not exactly true.

2:17 p.m. ET:

2:16 p.m. ET: Arias said she doesn't know how she got the knife or how long it took her to get it.

2:13 p.m. ET: Martinez said Arias had to go find the knife after she shot him. Arias said she doesn't know what happened. She said Alexander could have had the knife.

2:12 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias where the knife was located in Alexander's bedroom. Arias said she doesn't know.

2:09 p.m. ET: Martinez is grilling Arias about her memory lapses. Arias said she doesn't know what or why she has lapses. She said she can only describe it the best way she can.

2:07 p.m. ET: Arias said she can't remember what happened shortly after Alexander began to yell at her.

2:05 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias why she remembers Alexander yelling at her -- and that he was going to kill her, when she claims to have memory lapses when someone yells at her.

2:04 p.m. ET: Arias said she was scared for her life, and it was a high-stress situation.

2:03 p.m. ET: Arias said she doesn't know what happened after Alexander body-slammed her, but she ran for his closet and got his gun. Martinez wants to know if Alexander had time to examine the camera after she dropped it.

1:59 p.m. ET: Arias is describing how Alexander grabbed her and body-slammed her after she dropped the camera.

1:58 p.m. ET:

1:56 p.m. ET: Martinez is walking Arias through the accidental photos from Alexander's camera that may show the killing in progress.

"I remember saying that it was inadvertent," said Arias.

Martinez asked, "Oh so this is an inadvertent photograph, then?"

"Yes, that was not intentionally taken," said Arias.

1:52 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Arias about how the fight with Alexander began on June 4, 2008, when she allegedly dropped his camera causing him to become enraged.

1:50 p.m. ET: Arias is taking the stand, testimony should begin shortly.

1:49 p.m. ET:

1:46 p.m. ET: The judge is off the bench, and it is not clear when court will resume.

1:41 p.m. ET: The attorneys are still at a sidebar with judge Stephens. Arias' defense has filed a motion to compel, but it not clear what it is about.

1:39 p.m. ET:

1:37 p.m. ET: Arias is wearing a blazer today, with a light blue dress shirt.

1:36 p.m. ET: Judge Sherry Stephens is on the stand, and the attorneys are at a sidebar.

1:27 p.m. ET: All the parties are in the courtroom, including Arias. Court should begin any moment.

1:13 p.m. ET: Jodi Arias should be back on the stand in just a few moments.

Arias is back on the stand Wednesday, days after withstanding an onslaught of juror questions -- more than 200 -- during a two-day whirlwind session last week that delved deep into the events surrounding her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander’s brutal slaying.

Read more: Arias trial: Witnesses you may have missed

Wednesday will be the 18th day Arias has been on the stand testifying about how her ex-boyfriend’s alleged abuse culminated in a fight June 4, 2008, forcing her to kill him in self-defense. It could be her last opportunity to convince the jury that she is innocent.

Read more: What if Arias is found not guilty?

Prosecutor Juan Martinez will also continue with his questions for Arias, likely picking up where he left off with asking Arias about how she allegedly cut her hand working at a restaurant days before killing Alexander.

Watch: What do men see in Arias?

But the jury's questions may not end when Martinez is done with his. As Martinez challenged Arias about discrepancies in her testimony last week, some jurors appeared to submit more questions for her. Judge Sherry Stephens is expected to consult the attorneys on the new questions, and if they are not objectionable, Arias may face a new round of juror questions. The attorneys would then get another chance to ask follow-up questions.

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