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Arias mystery: Who was in the car with Gus Searcy?

  • Jodi Arias is accused of shooting and stabbing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, to death; she claims self-defense
  • In a tense moment Tuesday, Searcy refuses judge's order

Gus Searcy, a former mentor to Jodi Arias, considered pleading the Fifth Amendment in court on Tuesday.

Searcy testified Monday during a prosecutorial misconduct hearing in which he said Chris Hughes, a friend of Arias and her murdered ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, called him before the trial to talk about why he was on the defense's witness list. Hughes allegedly told Searcy that defense attorney Kirk Nurmi was a snake for all the sneaky things he had done in the Arias case. 

When the hearing picked back up Tuesday, Searcy refused to tell prosecutor Juan Martinez who was in the car with him while he was on the phone with Hughes. Even when the judge told him the name would not be released to the public, he still refused to write it down.

Watch the video to see Searcy talk about whether he should use his Fifth Amendment right.

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi asked the judge if Searcy needed his own attorney when he refused to hand over the name of the person in the car. Searcy said he did not have a lawyer “handy” at that time of day. The judge then shut off the court cameras and called for special proceedings behind closed doors.

It is not clear how this situation was resolved.

The evidentiary hearing for prosecutorial misconduct will pick back up on February 13.

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