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Your definitive guide to the Jodi Arias case

  • This article will get you caught up on the Arias saga
  • Your definitive guide to the Jodi Arias case
Your definitive guide to the Jodi Arias case

Arias describes sex with Travis on baptism day

Arias describes sex with Travis on baptism day

62 seconds to kill: Could Arias have done it?

62 seconds to kill: Could Arias have done it?

Will it be life in prison or death for Jodi Arias? On Monday, she'll be back in court and one step closer to finding out. Judge Sherry Stephens will hear multiple defense motions throughout the day. Stay with HLN for complete coverage of her hearing.

Jodi Arias is awaiting a retrial for the penalty phase of her case, since the initial penalty phase ended with a hung jury. Her first-degree murder conviction still stands, and so does the jurors' finding that Arias murdered Alexander in a "cruel manner."

When the retrial of the penalty phase begins, a new jury will be selected, and they will only decide whether Arias will be sentenced to death via lethal injection or life in prison.

Judge Sherry Stephens said she wants to conduct Arias' retrial in September. A date for the retrial could be set at hearing scheduled for Monday.

Before case moves on to the re-trial, now is a good time to look back at some of the major moments in the trial to see how the case progressed.

The spectacle of the Jodi Arias case is gripping the nation’s attention like a high stakes reality TV show. Arias says she killed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her, but the grisly slaying -- he was stabbed repeatedly, shot and nearly decapitated -- caused even some anti-domestic violence advocates to doubt her case.

Opening statements

The trial began with a flurry of information on Jan. 2 about Arias' love affair with Alexander as attorneys from both sides boiled down their arguments into opening statements.

“She rewarded that love from Travis Alexander by sticking a knife in his chest," said prosecutor Juan Martinez. "And you know he was a good man, according to her. And with regard to being a good man, well, she slit his throat as a reward for being a good man. And in terms of these blessings, well, she knocked the blessings out of him by putting a bullet in his head."

But defense Attorney Jennifer Willmott countered: “Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander. There is no question about it. The million dollar question is what would have forced her to do it.”

It was clear after opening statements where both the prosecution and defense stood.

Martinez was convinced that Arias killed Alexander in cold blood, laying out how Arias planned Alexander’s death and tried to avoid getting caught. In dramatic fashion, Martinez played a clip from a TV interview where Arias said no jury would ever find her guilty at the end of his opening statement.

Willmott fought back in her opening statement, saying Arias was the real victim in this case, because Alexander was a physical and sexual abuser. She concluded her opening statement by disclosing to the public a bombshell, saying Alexander became enraged when Arias dropped his camera on the bathroom floor, and if she hadn't defended herself, she would not be in the courtroom implying she would be dead.

The prosecution’s case

After opening statements, Martinez called his first witness, Alexander’s friend Mimi Hall to the stand.

Hall testified she had gone on a couple dates with Alexander, but she did not feel a spark between them. She was booked to go on a trip to Cancun, Mexico, with Alexander around the time of his death. Hall had reservations about going on the trip because she wasn’t interested in having a romantic relationship with him. HLN legal experts say the trip to Cancun may have been the motive of the slaying, because Arias may have been jealous Hall was going on the trip with Alexander.

Martinez also called Mesa, Arizona, Police Officer Sterling Williams to the stand after Hall finished testifying for an emotional end of court for the first day of the trial. 

Williams was the officer who responded to the 911 call when Alexander’s friends found his dead body on June 9, 2008. Alexander nearly a week earlier on June 4. Williams described gruesome details about the condition of Alexander’s body when he arrived at the home. Alexander’s family members cried as pictures of Alexander’s body were shown to the jury.

The pictures showed Alexander’s dead body slumped over in his shower, and his skin was discolored. Arias refused to look at the photos and began to sob. Alexander’s sister Tanisha Sorenson also cried profusely as she watched from the gallery.

Accusations fly

Mesa Police Det. Esteban Flores testified Arias wanted to talk to him the night Alexander’s body was found. Martinez played an audio recording of the conversation.

On the recording, Flores said that it sounds like there was a lot of jealousy issues between Arias and Alexander, and when he was at the crime scene Alexander's friends immediately pointed the finger at her. Arias seemed surprised, and said she doesn't know why they would accuse her of killing Alexander.

The jury heard a recording of a phone call of Arias telling Flores about how she felt when one of Alexander’s friends told her he was dead.

“I keep thinking there, that they had just made a mistake. And I feel like, I felt so helpless, because I wasn’t there. If I still lived there, I was like 10 minutes away, not even 10, maybe 7 minutes away, I could have just driven there but, and found out, and saw what was going on. I just felt totally helpless,” said Arias.

After Flores was done testifying, Martinez called fingerprint examiner Heather Conner to the stand to testify about what she discovered at the crime scene.

Conner said she found a bloody palm print on the wall of Alexander’s house that belongs to Arias. She also walked the jury through photographs she took of the bloody crime scene. As the photos were shown in court, members of Alexander’s family in attendance began to cry. Arias also began to cry as the most disturbing photos were displayed in court.

What killed Alexander?

Medical Examiner Dr. Kevin Horn testified about what he learned performing Alexander’s autopsy. 

Alexander sustained three injuries that would have been “rapidly fatal” and he ultimately died from blood loss according to Dr. Horn. He also said it was likely that Alexander’s first life-threatening injury was to his heart. The “sharp-edged object” pierced his chest cavity, the tissue surrounding his heart and a major vessel of the heart, said Dr. Horn.

Alexander had multiple stab wounds, his neck was slit ear to ear, and he was also shot in the head.

Elizabeth Northcutt, a forensic firearm examiner, testified that a bullet casing recovered from the Alexander’s bathroom and the matching bullet retrieved from Alexander's cheek were both .25 caliber in size. The same size caliber gun that was reported stolen from Arias’ grandparents’ home on May 28, 2008.

Another love interest

Ryan Burns, testified that the day after Arias killed Alexander, she was making out with him at his home outside of Salt Lake City.

Burns testified during the fourth day of Arias’ trial. He told the jury he met Arias at a convention in Oklahoma City in April 2008, about two months before Alexander died.

He said that even though he lived in Salt Lake City and she lived in Yreka, California, they kept in touch.

Burns testified Arias planned a road trip in May 2008. Her first stop was to visit a friend in Los Angeles before heading to Utah to see him. He also said that he expected Arias to show up at his house on June 4, 2008, the same day Alexander died. However, she never arrived, and he got worried about her because she was driving overnight.

Burns called Arias’ phone multiple times on June 4, but his calls went straight to voicemail. He even went as far as to call one of her friends to check on her, but the friend did not know where Arias was.

Dead end relationship

Police Det. Flores was called back to the witness stand on the fourth day of the trial to testify about more conversations he had with Arias shortly after Alexander’s body was discovered.

Arias told the lead detective investigating Alexander’s death that she knew her relationship with him wasn’t going anywhere.

“We weren’t exactly on the path to marriage, and we both knew that,” said Arias.

Evidence of premeditation

As the jurors deliberate whether Arias is guilty of murder for killing Alexander, one of the toughest issues they will have to decide is whether his death was premeditated.

Martinez says Arias set out on the road trip June 2, 2008 to visit Alexander, with her grandparents’ missing handgun intending to kill in premeditation.

Martinez has hammered numerous facts about Arias' tragic road trip into the jurors’ minds. Arias rented a car for her thousand-mile journey from Yreka, California to Mesa, Arizona, instead of using her own vehicle. The rental car agent testified Arias requested a white car so it would not stand out.

Another point Martinez has highlighted throughout the trial is that for her trip to Mesa Arias borrowed gas cans from a former boyfriend. This could be evidence of premeditation, because Arias may have been trying to cover her tracks during her road trip, using the gas cans so she would not have to buy gas in Mesa, where Alexander lived.

Cleaning up the crime scene

There is evidence Arias cleaned up Alexander’s house after killing him. There were bloody watermarks in his bathroom indicating someone tried to rinse the blood away. She also put some of Alexander’s items, including his sheets and some clothes, through a cycle in his washing machine.

Arias also put Alexander’s camera in the washing machine. Before his death, Alexander purchased a new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9.

Arias testified Alexander attacked her after she dropped his new camera when she was taking pictures of him in the shower, and she was allegedly forced to kill him in self-defense.

Martinez said Arias deleted photographs on the camera, and put it in the wash to cover her tracks, but forensic investigators were able to recover photographs of the camera that he says shows the killing in progress.

The killing in progress?

Jodi Arias began snapping photos of Alexander in the shower around 5:20 p.m. June 4, 2008, and investigators retrieved a total of 19 images from the camera.

Three of the photos were taken by accident and the time stamps on the photos may reveal details about the killing.

5:31 p.m. - Willmott says this photo was taken when Arias dropped the camera.

5:32 p.m. - This is a picture of Alexander bleeding and on the ground; you also see Arias' leg and foot.

5:33 p.m. - A picture of blood on the baseboard.

Martinez said based on the time stamps on the inadvertent photos recovered from the camera, Arias had a little more than a minute to shoot him in the head, stab him multiple times and slit his throat. 

“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." 

Arias testified she doesn’t remember stabbing Alexander or cleaning up his house after killing him. Her memory allegedly goes blank after shooting him when he was attacking her.

Attempted alibi

After cleaning up Alexander’s house, Arias said she drove out into the desert, cleaned herself off and disposed of the gun, but she doesn’t know what happened to the knife she used to stab Alexander.

Arias testified her memory of June 4, 2008, starts to come back during her drive in the desert. Martinez said phone records from that day show that Arias called Alexander’s phone after he died and left a voicemail in an attempt to establish an alibi.

The prosecutor played the voicemail for the jury.

On the recording, Arias seems to ramble, but she says she got lost, her phone died and she was sorry she hasn’t gotten back to him in a while. She also made reference to going on a future trip to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon with Alexander.

Mesa police homicide Det. Lawrence Gladysh said the cell phone records show Arias' call on June 4 was placed about 250 miles north of Alexander's home.

Arias was arrested on July 15, 2008 at her grandparents’ house in Yreka, California. She has been in jail since her arrest, and has taught herself Spanish

The defense’s case

The defense began its case on Jan. 29, calling Gus Searcy to the stand, an executive with Legal Shield, which used to be known as Prepaid Legal, the company that employed both Alexander and Arias.

Searcy testified he developed a mentor relationship with Arias, and one time witnessed Arias get in a fight with Alexander over the phone, and that afterward Arias was upset and shaking.

Read more: Is Searcy stealing the spotlight?

Arias’ ex-boyfriend

Arias’ ex-boyfriend, Darryl Brewer, testified about his almost three-year romance with Arias. Brewer is 52 years old, 20 years Arias’ senior.

The judge ordered that Brewer’s face could not be shown on camera. So the public only saw video of his hands and heard his voice during testimony.

The couple even bought a house together in Palm Desert, California, around June 2005.

At times, Brewer seemed to reminisce about his relationship with Arias as he testified. Brewer said Arias never displayed any jealous behavior, and was never violent.

Brewer testified that soon after being introduced to Prepaid Legal in the spring of 2006, Arias began to explore the Mormon religion. Brewer testified that the relationship started to sour in the summer of 2006. And in the fall of that same year, she told Brewer they had to stop having sex, because she was saving herself for her future husband. Around this time, Arias also got breast implants, according to Brewer.

Brewer also said Arias became more irresponsible with her finances after she began working for Prepaid Legal. He said she stopped paying some of their household bills. 

He also confirmed Arias stopped by his house near Monterey on June 3, 2008, the day before Alexander was killed. Arias asked him if she could use his gas cans, because she needed them for a long road trip. Brewer said he never got the gas cans back.

Anger control issues?

The defense also presented evidence of Alexander’s rage to the jury. Alexander’s and Arias’ mutual friend Desiree Freeman testified she witnessed Alexander become enraged with Arias, because she didn’t like a trick he played on her.

Freeman said she was on a trip to Havasupai, Arizona, with Arias, Alexander and her brother Daniel Freeman, when it happened. At one point during the trip, Arias got out of the car to take pictures. When she tried to get back in the car, Alexander pretended to drive off. When she finally got in the car, Arias said she didn’t appreciate his joke, and Freeman says Alexander reacted in a shocking way.

Freeman said she couldn’t remember exactly what he said, and it wasn’t what he said that was shocking, but how he said it surprised her. Freeman said Arias did not react but she just stared out the window of the car after Alexander got mad.

Arias takes the stand

In a move that will be talked about by legal pundits for years, Arias took the witness stand in her defense on February 4.

During 18 days of testimony, she told of abuse suffered at the hands of her parents, former boyfriends and finally Alexander. Then the court heard graphic testimony about her sex life, including audio of phone sex between her and Alexander: "You were amazing. You made me feel like a goddess. I wouldn’t say you were like worshiping me. But, you were…you made me feel like I was the most freaking beautiful woman on the whole planet. I so felt like I was the goddess," said Arias on the tape.

She bowed her head, covered her face with her palms and cried.

In the climax to her testimony she claimed that Alexander, despite being devoutly religious, had a fetish for young children. She said he imposed those desires upon her during their sexual activities. "He wanted me to dress up in a school girl outfit with braids," she said.

Arias’ testimony may decide her fate. The verdict may come down to whether the jury believed her or not. If Arias is found not guilty, her attorneys will be credited with making a risky but brilliant decision to put her on the stand, but the opposite may be true if she is found guilty.

Martinez didn’t back down from Arias. When he got his chance Martinez grilled Arias about her lies.

During his first day of cross-examining Arias, Martinez raised his voice multiple times and cut her off when she didn’t answer his questions the way he wanted. His explosive antics in the courtroom has its critics, but outside the courthouse, Martinez has become quite the celebrity, according to those that have been attending the trial. 

“A lot of people are waiting outside the courthouse to get a photo with Juan Martinez,” court spectator Katie Wick told HLN’s Dr. Drew.

Meanwhile, Arias’ defense team has asked for added security during the trial, because they are receiving death threats.

HLN documented ever moment of Arias’ testimony through a series live blogs:

Day 1: Arias takes the stand

Day 2: Arias didn’t want to reject Alexander’s sexual advances

Day 3: Arias claims she had sex the day she was baptized

Day 4: Arias recounts how she caught Alexander masturbating to an image of a boy

Day 5: Arias describes episodes of sex and violence

Day 6: Arias testified she would shake after Alexander got mad

Day 7: Arias talks about the day Alexander died

Day 8: Arias describes Alexander’s last moments alive

Day 9: Showdown on the stand: Arias v. Martinez

Day 10: Arias grilled over a 'litany of lies'

Day 11: Arias tells Martinez his anger is causing her to have memory lapses

Day 12: Arias ‘I lied to everyone’

Day 13: Martinez asks Arias: “Were you crying when you were stabbing him?”

Day 14: Arias diary: Travis makes me sick and happy

Day 15: Arias: I wanted to take our secrets to my grave

Day 16: Jurors grill Arias with questions

Day 17: Juror to Arias: Why should we believe you now?

Day 18: Arias prosecutor: 62 seconds to kill? ‘Impossible’!

Did PTSD cause Arias' memory lapses?

After Arias finished testifying, forensic psychologist Richard Samuels took the witness to explain why Arias cannot remember all the details of killing Alexander.

Samuels said Arias has shown telltale signs of an anxiety disorder people suffer from after experiencing a traumatic event: Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Samuels made the diagnosis after conducting 12 interviews and testing Arias.

“What it means is that an individual has a stress-related disorder that involves certain characteristics that are seen over and over again in people that are similarly diagnosed. There may be a sense of detachment. There may be emotional blunting. There may be intrusive thoughts,” said Samuels.

PTSD could be what caused Arias’ inability to remember how she stabbed Alexander. Arias testified that her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander physically abused her, and that he was a sexual deviant who was aroused by children. According to her testimony, Alexander's alleged physical and sexual abuse pushed her to the point that she had to kill him in self-defense.

During cross examination, Martinez duked it out with the psychologist over his own admitted mistakes in testing Arias for PTSD.

Martinez raised his voice as he bombarded Samuels about how some of his methodology shouldn't be presented at trial, and he read an article to Samuels that says one of the tests he gave Arias along with its results should not be used in court cases.

“It’s saying basically that this is not something that is set up to be used in a court case,” said Martinez.

“No, that’s not what it says,” responded Samuels.

“Well it does say that this ‘instrument does not allow for a client or defendant’s score [test results] to be interpreted according to a criteria of normality that may be an important factor to assess in a court case.’ Yes or no?” asked Martinez.

“That’s what it says. And what are you reading from sir?” asked Samuels.

“Sir, I ask the questions. Do you understand that?” said Martinez.

“Yes,” said Samuels.

Did Alexander abuse other women?

Domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette's took the witness after Samuels finished testifying. She rocked the courtroom when she claimed that two of Alexander's longtime friends told Arias not to date Alexander, because he had a past of being abusive to women.

“They have basically advised Ms. Arias to move on from the relationship … that Mr. Alexander has been abusive to women,” said LaViolette.

Prosecutor Martinez tried every way he could to object to the testimony, but Judge Sherry Stephens allowed the jury to hear it.

“And so, in this e-mail, is there information about whether or not Mr. Alexander’s closest friends thought he had issues with women?” asked defense attorney Jennifer Willmott.

“Yes, there is,” said LaViolette.

“And what type of behaviors were the issues that Mr. Alexander seemed to have, based on what his friends thought?” asked Willmott.

The rebuttal case

Prosecutor Juan Martinez got his chance to go on the attack again on April 16.

Martinez then began his rebuttal case by calling clinical psychologist Janeen DeMarte to the stand.

DeMarte testified she evaluated Arias and diagnosed her with a "borderline personality disorder." She compared a person suffering from this type of disorder to an immature teenager with identity issues.

Arias displays seven of the nine characteristics of borderline personality disorder, according to DeMarte. These are the seven traits DeMarte said she observed in Arias' behavior:

1.       Efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
2.       Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships
3.       Identity disturbance
4.       Suicidal behavior
5.       Affective instability
6.       Chronic feelings of emptiness
7.       Inappropriate, intense anger

However, Demarte said Arias does not display these characteristics: "transient, stress related paranoid ideation" and "impulsivity."

Punching holes in the defense’s case

Martinez called a lightning round of witnesses Tuesday that punched holes in the defense's case:

Alexander's former friend & coworker: The first witness prosecutor Juan Martinez's was Jacob Mefford. He testified he observed Alexander being affectionate with Arias in public. He even shot video and photos of Alexander being affectionate with her. Arias testified Alexander was not affectionate with her in public.

Wal-Mart employee: Amanda Webb testified Tuesday she reviewed all of the records from the Wal-Mart store in Salinas, California, on June 3, 2008 and no one returned a five gallon gas can on that day. In fact, Webb said according to Wal-Mart's records Arias returned the gas can a week later. Arias testified she returned a gas station to that store on June 3, 2008.

Tesoro employee: Chelsey Young testified Arias made three gas purchases at a Tesoro gas station in Salt Lake City two days after she killed Alexander. Alexander's ex-girlfriend: Deanna Reid testified she dated Alexander exclusively from 2002 to 2004. She said Alexander never raised her voice at her and was never physically abusive. They remained friends after they broke up, and she now takes care of his dog, Napoleon.

Mesa, Arizona police detective: Michael Melendez testified he did not find any pictures of nude women, images of children or pornography on the laptop recoverd from Alexander's home.

Caught in another lie?

Arias testified earlier in the trial that her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander attacked her, and she ran for a gun on the top shelf of his closet to protect herself. She said she remembers the gun going off, shooting Alexander in the head, but she doesn't recall stabbing him multiple times or slitting his throat.

Martinez called Mesa, Arizona, police detective Esteban Flores back to the witness stand Wednesday afternoon to testify about shelves in Alexander's closet.

Arias said she had to step on one of Alexander's shelves to reach the gun on the top shelf that, according to Flores, is 7 feet high. Arias is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall.

Flores said the shelves are of a flimsy construction, in which each wooden shelf rests on four pins, and if a little pressure is applied to one of the shelves, it will tip over. His testimony suggests that Arias may have lied about putting her whole weight on a shelf to reach the gun.

Martinez asked, "How is it that someone goes about positioning these shelves? Do they have screws that are actually screwed in from the side? How is it that they are put, that these shelves are put together?"

"Well, they’re, they’re free floating shelves on shelf pins. I’m sure everybody has seen those small, little metallic shelf pins. And the shelves themselves are like, you know, very light material and just a paper coating on them," said Flores.

Did Arias shoot Alexander first or stab him?

Martinez rested his rebuttal case on April 25 with an emotional finale that elicited tears from many in the courtroom.

Martinez called Dr. Kevin Horn back to the stand to refute Arias' testimony about how she shot Alexander in the head first in self-defense, but doesn’t remember stabbing him multiple times and slitting his throat. However, she did acknowledge, while sobbing uncontrollably, that logically she must have been the person that attacked Alexander with the knife.

Horn said Alexander was stabbed first, because if Alexander was shot first he would have been incapacitated within seconds and would not have been able to fight back or walk after that injury to his brain.

Martinez asked, "When you say very rapidly incapacitating, what does that mean to those of us who not in the medical profession? Would he have gone down? Would he have stood there? Would he have crawled? What would have happened?"

"Uh, he may have been able to take a step or two, probably would have collapsed or lost consciousness within seconds," said Horn.

During Horn's testimony, Martinez displayed photos to the jury of Alexander's hands with defensive wounds indicating he was conscious enough to fight back.

Arias, along with members of Alexander's family, wept as photos of Alexander's injuries were shown to the jury.

Arias' defense attorneys got one last crack at trying to convince the jury on May 1 that their client was in an abusive relationship and was forced to kill her Alexander in self-defense.

Arias' attorneys called psychologist and neuropsychologist Robert Geffner to the stand to refute psychologist DeMarte's testimony. 

Watch: Game changers in the Arias trial

DeMarte testified during  Martinez's rebuttal case that she did not believe the defense's argument that Alexander abused Arias. She also disagreed with the defense's assertion that Arias can't remember the details of the killing because she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). DeMarte offered her own diagnosis of the defendant, saying that Arias suffers from borderline personality disorder.

The defense attorneys claim Martinez failed to present any evidence that Arias has a personality disorder in its case, and therefore they should be allowed to rebut the new evidence introduced during his rebuttal case.

Geffner testified Arias psychological test results support a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder instead of a personality disorder. The psychologist also testified that in his opinion the gunshot wound to Alexander's would not have rendered him incapacitated, because it only injured his right-frontal lobe which does not control motor control.

After Geffner, testified Martinez was granted the opportunity to call two witnesses to rebut the defense's last ditch effort.

Martinez called Dr. Horn to the stand one more time to tell the jury Alexander would have fallen to ground immediatly after being shot, and would have lost consciousness within seconds.

One juror asked Dr. Horn this poignant question, "Would you agree that 100% of the people you have seen with frontal lobe trauma are deceased at the time of your examination?"

Dr. Horn answered, "I hope so."

After Dr. Horn finished testifying, Martinez called psychologist Jill Hayes to the stand to support DeMarte's diagnosis of Arias with a borderline personality disorder.

Hayes discussed how the different psychological tests DeMarte administered to Arias could be used for diagnosing someone with a personality disorder rebutting Geffner's testimony that the tests should not be used for that purpose.

Closing arguments

After months of sometimes-gory evidence and shocking testimony filled with sex, lies and allegations of brutality, Martinez gave his closing argument on May 2 telling the jury Arias deserves a first-degree murder conviction for planning Alexander’s slaying and killing him in cold blood.

"Jodi Ann Arias killed Travis Alexander. And even after stabbing him over and over again, and even after slashing his throat from ear to ear, and then even after taking a gun and shooting him in the face, she will not let him rest in peace. But now, instead of a gun, instead of a knife, she uses lies,” said Martinez.

Jodi Arias defense attorney Kirk Nurmi tried got his chance convince the jury to let Arias walk free May 3 with his closing argument.

Nurmi began his closing argument saying the sex, lies and dirty little secrets caused her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander's death.

“Sex, lies, and dirty little secrets. These aspects of the human condition may not be universal. But each one of these aspects of the human condition played a prominent role in the relationship Jodi Arias shared with Travis Alexander…and because these aspects of the human condition played such a prominent role in this relationship, it makes sense that the evidence that you’ve heard…is a tale of fear, love, sex, lies, and dirty little secrets,” said Nurmi.

Nurmi ended his argument by telling the jury Arias simply snapped when she was defending herself from Alexander.

“What this evidence shows it is that either what happened is that Jodi Arias defended herself and didn’t know when to stop, or she gave in to a sudden heat of passion…Ultimately, if Miss Arias is guilty of any crime at all, it is the crime of manslaughter and nothing more," said Nurmi.

After Nurmi finished his closing arugment, Martinez got the last word with jury through his rebuttal argument asking them to convict Arias of first-degree murder.

"Travis Victor Alexander was slaughtered by this  woman. She slashed his throat,  she stabbed him in the heart, and then she shot him in the face, and all of that, thinking about it in advance," said Martinez ending his rebuttal argument.

Read more: Meet the 12 jurors that will decide Arias' fate?


After months of sometimes-gory evidence and shocking testimony filled with sex, lies and allegations of brutality, a jury of Arias peers have found her guilty of first-degree murder on May 8, 2013. 

Arias stared directly at the jurors and wept after the verdict was read. Alexander's sisters cried and consoled each other as they learned Arias was convicted of murder.

"It's not jubilation, but it's just so overwhelmingly, relief. It's like, this poor family, for five years have had to deal with this; seeing these pictures and hearing these horrible things...To finally get to this point, that the world can know the true Travis, and the true Jodi Arias." said Dave Hall, Alexander's friend.

The jury deliberated for 15 hours. Out of the twelve jurors, seven jurors found her guilty of both first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder, the other five jurors found her guilty of only first-degree premeditated murder.

It was cruel 

Martinez made a passionate plea to the jury that Arias was cruel when she killed Alexander, and he suffered immeasurably.

"He goes toward the sink....When he gets of to the sink he is already hurtin," said Martinez. "He has blood coming from his hands and his chest."

"As he stands and looks in the mirror he can see himself bleeding."

After deliberating for an hour and 33 minutes, the jury found Jodi Arias guilty of being "especially cruel" when she murdered her ex-boyfriend Alexander on May 15, 2013.

Arias did not seem to react to verdict, and did not shed a tear. Arias' life is still hanging in the balance as the trial moves into the final stage, the sentencing phase.


During the third stage of the trial called the penalty phase, Arias Arias asked the jury, in a 19-minute speech, to spare her life.

Arias told the jury that killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander was the worst thing she has ever done and that she's still horrified by the violence she is capable of.

“Either way, I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison. It’ll either be shortened or not. If it’s shortened, the people who will hurt the most is my family. I’m asking you please, please don’t do that to them. I’ve already hurt them so badly along with so many other people. I want everyone’s healing to begin and I want everyone’s pain to stop," said Arias.

Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial May 23, in the Arias trial, because the jury could not reach a unanimous decision about whether Arias should live or die.

Arias sat staring straight at the jurors with a frown on her face as the verdict was read. She took a deep breath and began to cry as she found out she was still facing the death penalty.

Alexander's family in attendance sobbed and clutched each other as they realized they would have to relive a large part of the trial.

HLN's producer in the courtroom says two jurors were openly crying as the verdict was read. The jurors refused to talk to the media, and immediately left the courtroom.

The judge then thanked the jurors for their service and dismissed them from the case. 

What happens now?

Arias is awaiting a retrial for the penalty phase of her case, since the initial penalty phase ended with a hung jury. Her first-degree murder conviction still stands, and so does the jurors' finding that Arias murdered Alexander in a "cruel manner."

When the retrial of the penalty phase begins, a new jury will be selected, and they will only decide whether Arias will be sentenced to death via lethal injection or life in prison.

Stephens said she wants to conduct Arias' retrial in September. A date for the retrial could be set at hearing scheduled for Monday.

If the second jury were to say Arias can live out the remainder of her days behind bars, Stephens would decide whether she will get life without parole, or life with the eligibility of parole after 25 years.

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