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Will Martinez break down Jodi Arias' defense?

  • HLN is covering the Jodi Arias trial live gavel-to-gavel
  • Arias is accused of killing Travis Alexander, but she says she did it in self-defense
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Will Martinez break down Jodi Arias' defense?

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Prosecutor Juan Martinez picked back up Tuesday with trying to dismantle Jodi Arias’ defense.
Arias’ attorneys are arguing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander’s physical and sexual abuse of Arias led to a fight that forced her to kill him in self-defense.

Read More: Arias' defense wants the jury to consider a manslaughter charge

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.

Gallery: Martinez called several witness in rapid succession Tuesday in the Jodi Arias trial -- here's who they are

HLN is live-blogging the Jodi Arias trial. Read about DeMarte's last day of testimony here. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from the trial (Best read from the bottom up):

6:55 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for the evening. She told the jury the court will resume tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. ET.

6:33 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for 10 minutes, and wants to see the attorneys in her chambers.

6:31 p.m. ET: Juror question: Did you find any pornography or any nude images on of the items you examined?

Melendez said no he did not find any images like that on anything he examined.

6:28 p.m. ET: The attorneys are reviewingg juror questions for Melendez with the judge.

6:25 p.m. ET: Nurmi is walking Melendez through the laptop internet browser history from June 4, 2008 at 4:00 a.m. in the morning.

It appears someone was looking up youtube videos of Daft Punk.

6:21 p.m. ET: Melendez said the last activity on the laptop recovered from Alexander was at 4:54 p.m. on June 8, 2008.

6:18 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking Melendez to explain how he conducts a forensic examination of a computer. Melendez said he makes a copy of the hard drive and then he can see everything that is on it.

6:16 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench, and the jury is being seated.

6:13 p.m. ET: Testimony should resume any minute.

From In Session's Beth Karas:

Mesa police officer Michael Melendez last testified on Jan. 14, 2013 about the deleted photos he recovered from the digital camera found in the washer.

5:54 p.m. ET: The judge has recessed court for 15 minutes.

5:53 p.m. ET: Melendez said the laptop recovered from Alexander's home belonged to Reid.

5:52  p.m. ET: Martinez has finished his direct examination of Melendez. Nurmi is now questioning the detective.

5:50 p.m. ET: Martinez has called Mesa, Arizona Police Detective Michael Melendez to the stand. Melendez said he examined Alexander's laptop hard drive and did not find any images of women's breasts or images of children on his computer. He also did not find any pornographic websites in Alexander's internet browser history. Melendez testified earlier in the trial as well.

5:46 p.m ET: Martinez is asking his follow up questions. He asked her if there were any other different interpretations of the law chastity that allowed wiggle room. Reid said no it is very clear that it forbids any sexual conduct. Nurmi asked her if taking nude photos of a woman would be in violation of the Mormon law, and she said yes it would be.

5:44 p.m. ET: Juror question: Is the law of chastity widely known in your church. Reid said yes it is widely known and they regularly conduct teachings on it.

5:41 p.m. ET: Martinez asked Reid if Alexander was such a "sexual monster" did he try to have sex with her after they broke up. She said no they did not have sex after they broke up, and she could control her sexual relationship with Alexander. Reid said again that Alexander was at all times respectful to her and was never sexually or physically abusive to her. Martinez has finished his questions for Reid. The attorneys are now reviewing juror questions with the judge at a sidebar.

5:38 p.m. ET: Nurmi has completed his cross examination of Reid. Martinez asked Reid if her relationship with Alexander was built on sex. She said no it was not.

5:36 p.m. ET: Alexander's siblings are crying as Reid testifies about Alexander's upbringing with his drug addict parents.

5:32 p.m. ET: Nurmi is now asking Reid about what she knew about Alexander's parents. Reid said she knows his parents were drug addicts, but she did know he had some good memories of them. Alexander also had bad memories of poor living conditions and neglect.

5:30 p.m. ET: Nurmi is running through a lot of the graphic sexual things Alexander said he wanted do to Arias, and is asking Reid if Alexander ever said these things to her. Reid said Alexander never said any of the examples Nurmi provided.

5:28 p.m. ET: In the email, Alexander wrote he did something "unpardonable" to her. Reid said Alexander was talking about how he dated her for so long and didn't marry her.

5:25 p.m. ET: Reid is reviewing an email Alexander wrote to his friend Chris Hughes.

5:23 p.m. ET: After Alexander and Reid talked to their respective bishops they did not break the law of chastity again.

5:21 p.m. ET: Reid said she broke the Mormon law chastity multiple times with Alexander over a period of about a year.

5:19 p.m. ET: Reid said she went to her bishop and told him about her sexual relationship with Alexander. The both of them lost their Mormon temple recommend.

5:17 p.m. ET: Reid said she did have a sexual relationship with Alexander, and it began after they had been in a relationship for a long time. She agreed with Nurmi that she was not following the teachings of the Mormon Church. She said they kept it secret, because it was their private business.

5:14 p.m. ET: After they broke up, Reid said there was a few weeks where she did not speak with Alexander. Eventually, Reid became friends with Alexander.

5:13 p.m. ET: Reid said she broke up with Alexander in 2005.

5:11 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking about how Reid had desires to marry Alexander. Reid said she did not feel pressure she had to marry Alexander, but eventually she did feel that it was time to get married and that's why they broke up.

5:07 p.m. ET: Reid said she began dating Alexander again in 2002, and they broke up because she wanted to get married and he wasn't ready. The attorneys are at a sidebar.

5:04 p.m. ET:

5:03 p.m. ET: Reid said she was sad when received the letter from Alexander, but was not heartbroken, because she had so much going on in Costa Rica.

5:01 p.m. ET: Reid said during her mission the only way she could communicate with her loved ones through letters and she was allowed to call her parents two times a year. Alexander wrote her a letter during their mission expressing the desire to date other people.

4:59 p.m. ET: Alexander did not propose to Reid before she left on her year and half long mission.

4:57 p.m. ET: Nurmi wants to know when Reid started to think about a future with Alexander. She said she started to think about it before she left for her mission.

4:56 p.m. ET: Reid said Alexander became her boyfriend in the spring of 2000 after a few months of dating. A few months later Reid left for her mission in Costa Rica.

4:54 p.m. ET: Nurmi asked Alexander became a Mormon. Reid said Alexander's grandparents and parents introduced him to the church.

4:52 p.m. ET: Reid said she met Alexander through friends, and they were both members of the same Mormon church and the same ward.

4:50 p.m. ET: Reid is taking the stand, and the jury is being seated.

4:41 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge. Testimony should resume shortly.

4:34 p.m. ET: Arias' attorneys are in the courtroom. Once the judge and jury are seated, the testimony of Deanna Reid should resume, she will be on cross examination.

2:55 p.m. ET: Alexander remained friends with Reid after they broke up. She now owns his dog Napoleon. Martinez has finished his questions for Reid. Judge Stephens has recessed court for lunch. The live blog will continue when testimony resumes at 4:25 p.m. ET.

2:53 p.m. ET: Reid said she never saw Alexander with pictures of little boys or pictures of little boys on his computer.

2:51 p.m. ET: Reid said people would tease Alexander about him being a virgin, and he usually left the impression with other people that he was a virgin. However, she never heard him specifically tell someone he was a virgin. 

2:50 p.m. ET:

2:48 p.m. ET: Reid broke up with Alexander, because she wanted to be in a relationship with someone who wanted to get married. Alexander began to cry when she broke the news to him, and they decided to remain friends. Reid said he did not yell or become physically abusive with her. She also said Alexander never raised her voice at her the entire time she knew him.

2:44 p.m ET: Reid said she dated Alexander exclusively from 2002 to 2004, and he was never verbally or physically abusive to her.

2:42 p.m .ET: Reid testified said relationship soured while she is on her mission in Costa Rica, her absence led to the break up, Alexander wanted to see other people. She returned from her mission in November 2001, and after a few weeks in 2002, they reconciled. She testified that during their relationship Alexander never called her names or abused her physically.

2:41 p.m. ET:

2:36 p.m. ET:

2:30 p.m. ET: The jury had no questions for the Young. She has completed her testimony. The prosecution has called Alexander's ex-girlfriend Deanna Reid to the stand. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

2:28 p.m. ET:

2:27 p.m. ET: Young said that if someone bought gas with cash the sales records would not contain any personal information of the buyer. Nurmi has completed his cross examination. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

2:26 p.m. ET: Martinez has finished his direct examination of Young, and now defense attorney Nurmi is asking her questions.

2:24 p.m. ET: Martinez is having Young walk the jury through what Arias' gas receipts mean from her road trip on June 6, 2008, two days after she killed Alexander. Young says there were three transactions for gas at a Salt Lake City Tesoro.

Martinez: "In this case, how many transactions for gas was there?"

Young: "Three."

Martinez: "And there was initially Exhibit 237.016, how many gallons of gas were purchased?"

Young: "Ten gallons, 10.672 gallons."

Martinez: "And then the next one was five gallons correct?"

Young: "Correct."

Martinez: "Or approximately. And the last one 237.017 was how many gallons?"

Young: 9.583.

2:17 p.m. ET: Martinez is asking Young how Tesoro stores the company's sales records in San Antonio.

2:15 p.m. ET: Young works with Tesoro gas stations in their IT department.

2:12 p.m. ET: One jury asked: Can you return an item without a sku#? Webb said you have to find a #sku for the item to complete a return. Webb has completed her testimony. Martinez has called Chelsey Young to the witness stand.

2:08 p.m. ET: Webb said in her opinion the five gallon gas can was not returned on June 3, 2008. She said researched the specific sku# for the gas can, and she said it was returned and refunded about a week later. Martinez has concluded his questions for Webb, and Nurmi said the defense doesn't have any questions for Webb. The attorneys are now reviewing a question from the jury.

Martinez: "Was this five gallon can that we now know is a can, gas, was it ever returned for a refund on June 3, 2008?"

Webb: "It was not and I actually researched that SKEW number specifically for about a week. It hadn't been returned or purchased until about a week later."

2:04 p.m. ET: Martinez is still walking through the records of each register. The records from each register is very detailed. None of the records indicate a five gallon gas can was returned on June 3, 2008.

2:01 p.m. ET:

1:59 p.m. ET: Martinez is having Webb walk through what Salinas Wal-Mart's cash register records from June 3, 2012. So far three cash registers did not have records of a returned gas cans. Martinez is walking through all the case registers' records.

1:57 p.m. ET:

1:56 p.m. ET: The judge has admitted Salinas Wal-Mart's records into evidence.

1:54 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.

1:52 p.m. ET: Webb said was able to check the Salinas Wal-Mart records for the refunds given on June 3, 2008. Arias said she bought a third gas an on June 3, 2008 and returned it the same day. Webb even printed out all the records from the Salinas Wal-Mart on June 3, 2008.

1:51 p.m. ET: After the return is completed through the computer system, Webb says the Wal-Mart worker will cross the returned item off the original receipt and hand it back to the customer.

1:48 p.m. ET: Webb says when someone returns an item they match the reciept number with the #sku number to the item being returned.

1:46 p.m. ET: Webb said a reciept Martinez showed the jury indicates Arias did buy a gas can from the Wal-Mart in Salinas, California in 2008.

1:45 p.m. ET: Martinez has called Amanda Webb to stand. She works at the Wal-Mart in Salinas, California. Webb assists law enforcement in investigations with the store.

1:42 p.m. ET: Martinez finished his direct of Mefford. Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi asked him if he was aware that Arias and Alexander were having a sexual relationship in 2008, and he said no. Mefford is done testifying.

1:40 p.m. ET: Mefford also shot this photo of Alexander kissing the back of Arias' head.

1:38 p.m. ET: Here is a link to the video Mefford of Arias sitting in Alexander's lap with his arm around her.

1:37 p.m. ET: Here are some of the screen shots of the video Mefford shot of Alexander being affectionate to Arias.

1:34 p.m. ET: Mefford said he attended a Prepaid Legal convention with Alexander and Arias in Oklahoma City, OK in March of 2007. He said the two of them were affectionate to each other on the trip. He also said he shot video of the two interacting. Martinez is about to play the video.

1:32 p.m. ET: Martinez has called Jacob Mefford to the stand. He said he worked with Alexander at Prepaid Legal and he was also friends with Alexander.

1:26 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench and the attorneys have joined her for a sidebar.

1:23 p.m. ET: Arias attorneys have emerged from the judge's chambers.

1:12 p.m. ET:



1:10 p.m. ET: From our producer in the courtroom:

Among the people spotted with Martinez today were Jacob Mefford and Deanna Reid. Mefford is a former coworker of Alexander's who is expected to rebut Arias' testimony that Alexander ignored her in public. Reid is one of Alexander's former girlfriends. She is expected to rebut LaViolette's testimony about his alleged abusive behavior.

12:35 p.m. ET: Judge Sherry Stephens has asked to meet with the attorneys in chambers. So court may start a little later than scheduled today.

This week, Martinez is expected to call either two of Alexander's former co-workers or a Wal-Mart employee to the stand.

Alexander’s former coworkers Hollie and Jacob Mefford will likely testify about how Alexander was affectionate with Arias in public. Witnesses for the defense have testified that Alexander would not show affection to Arias in public settings, and at times would even yell at her in front of friends.

Watch: The top 10 game changers in the Arias trial

The Wal-Mart employee is expected to testify about a third gas can Arias bought at a Wal-Mart for her road trip to visit Alexander, which ended in his death. The gas cans could be evidence of premeditation, because Arias may have used them to avoid buying gas in Mesa, Arizona, where Alexander was killed.

Arias said she needed the gas cans for the long trip in the desert from California to Arizona.

Arias may have also lied about the third gas can on the witness stand, because she said she never used the third gas can and returned it to Wal-Mart. Martinez has shown the jury gas station receipts that indicate Arias may have bought enough gas to fill her car and three gas cans -- not two as Arias testified. The Wal-Mart employee will likely testify about whether anyone returned a gas can on the date and at the store location Arias described.

Read more: How would you grade defense attorney Kirk Nurmi?

Last week, Martinez began his rebuttal case by calling psychologist Janeen DeMarte to the stand. DeMarte testified 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 a borderline personality disorder.

On Monday, Arias’ attorneys filed a motion requesting permission to call one last witness to the stand to rebut DeMarte’s testimony.

The defense team wants to call psychologist Robert Geffner to the stand to refute DeMarte's testimony. The attorneys claim Martinez failed to present any evidence that Arias has a personality disorder in its case-in-chief, and therefore they should be allowed to rebut the new evidence introduced during his rebuttal case.

"If a court allows new evidence to be introduced in State's rebuttal, a defendant should be allowed to introduce contradictory evidence in surrebuttal," wrote defense attorney Jennifer Willmott in Monday's filing.

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