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Prosecutor Juan Martinez is trying to punch more holes in Jodi Arias' defense.
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.
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7:02 p.m. ET: Court has recessed for the day. Court will resume tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET with medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn taking the stand.
6:21 p.m. ET: Martinez did not have any follow up questions. Defense attorney Nurmi asked him if Arizona requires gun owners to register their guns. Flores said no the state does not. He is now done testifying. The judge has recessed court for an unspecified time, and has asked to see the attorneys in her chambers.
6:20 p.m. ET: One juror asked: Did Alexander have a gun registered under his name? Flores said no Alexander did not have a gun registered in his name, and there was no evidence anywhere in his house that he owned a gun.
6:17 p.m. ET: One juror asked: What was Arias weight, size and shoe size at the time of her arrest? Flores said he doesn't know her shoe size, but he said Arias is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 110 to 115 pounds.
6:15 p.m. ET: Flores is back on the witness stand. One juror asked: Was anything out of place in Alexander's closet when investigators arrived at the crime scene?
Flores said no nothing looked out of place in the closet.
5:55 p.m. ET: Nurmi is asking if Flores tested how the shelves react to weight. Flores said he did not test the shelves for weight. The attorneys are now reviewing questions for Flores from the jurors at a sidebar.
5:54 p.m. ET: Flores is taking the stand, and the jury is being seated.
5:34 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens has recessed court for unspecified amount of time.
5:32 p.m. ET: Nurmi tried to asked Flores about how he said in a TV interview that something provoked Arias. Martinez objected, and now the attorneys are at another sidebar.
5:27 p.m. ET: The attorneys are still at a sidebar with the judge.
5:25 p.m. ET: Arias' grandmother is attending the trial for the first time today.
5:23 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.
5:19 p.m. ET:
5:16 p.m. ET: Flores said Arias is 5'6 or 5'7 tall.
5:14 p.m. ET: Martinez has finished his questioning of Flores. Defense attorney Nurmi is now questioning Flores.
5:13 p.m. ET: This photo shows how the shelves in Alexander's closet rested on pins.
Arias appears to be getting upset as Flores talks about the shelving in Alexander's closet.
5:10 p.m. ET: Flores said the top shelf was 7 feet from the floor.
5:07 p.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.
5:06 p.m. ET: Flores said each shelf in Alexander used a pen system where the wood shelves would rest unsecured on four pins.
5:03 p.m. ET: Flores is discussing his inspection of Alexander's closet and house. He said there was no holster or cleaning kit for a gun found anywhere in the house. He also said he inspected the shelves in Alexander's closet. Arias testified earlier that she climb Alexander's closet shelves to get a gun to protect herself when he was attacking her.
5:00 p.m. ET: Brown has completed his testimony. Martinez has called Detective Flores to the stand.
4:58 p.m. ET: Martinez showed photos of Arias taken with her phone on June 3, 2008. It seems like she took the pictures herself, and the photos show her with brown hair.
4:51 p.m. ET: Brown said he recovered photos off of Arias' phone. Martinez was about to show the photos to the jury, but now the attorneys are at a sidebar with the judge.
4:50 p.m. ET: Brown is a detective for the Mesa, Arizona Police Department's forensic computer division.
4:47 p.m. ET: Martinez has called Robert Brown to the witness stand.
4:45 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens said there will be court tomorrow, but no court until Wednesday May 1. Closing arguments will be held that Thursday and Friday, and then the case will be turned over to the jury for deliberations on starting Friday. The delay in the case is due to the witness' schedule.
4:42 p.m. ET: The jury is being seated, and the judge is going over the trial schedule.
4:41 p.m. ET: Judge Stephens is on the bench, and she is talking with the attorneys at a sidebar.
Jodi Arias' defense team is trying to throw a wrench in prosecutor Juan Martinez’s rebuttal case.
Arias is on trial for killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008. Alexander was shot in the head, stabbed multiple times and his throat was slit from ear to ear. Arias testified early in the trial that Alexander’s abuse culminated in a fight that forced her to kill him self-defense.
Both the prosecutor and the defense attorneys have rested their cases-in-chief. At this stage of the trial, Martinez is in the middle of presenting his rebuttal case, but Arias’ attorneys have objected to two of Martinez’s remaining witnesses.
The defense wants to block Martinez from questioning bank employee Suzie Dittman about Arias’ bank account at the time of the killing. The defense is also trying to stop investigator Robert Brown from testifying about some photos he recovered from Arias’ phone. Judge Sherry Stephens heard arguments Wednesday during a closed door meeting with both the defense and the prosecution about whether these witnesses should be allowed to testify. It is not clear how the judge ruled on whether the witnesses will testify.
The prosecutor is also expected to call Mesa, Arizona, detective Esteban Flores back to the stand to testify about how Arias could not have climbed the shelves in Alexander’s closet to get a gun, as she claims, because the shelves would not have supported her weight. Martinez may also call medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn to testify again about the autopsy he conducted on Alexander's body.