Accused murderer Jodi Arias made a stunning accusation during her murder trial Tuesday, alleging that victim Travis Alexander was planning to have an affair with a married woman, Shannon Petersen. HLN’s Nancy Grace talked with Petersen, a married California mother, on Tuesday night to get the truth behind Arias’ explosive testimony.
“I feel like everybody knows everything that comes out of her mouth is a lie,” Petersen told Grace about Arias’ accusation. Petersen had been watching the trial live yesterday and said it was a shock to hear her name in open court. According to Petersen, she met Alexander at a Mormon church, and the two began a friendship but never had any romantic involvement.
Under cross examination, Arias originally declined to name the woman she claims was exchanging inappropriate messages with Alexander, saying “I don’t want to ruin anyone’s marriage.” When asked a second time she said, “Shannon Crabtree Petersen… she was married, and by LDS standards what they were talking about was very inappropriate.” Arias went on to say that Petersen and Alexander “were joking about getting together for a sexual liaison”.
Petersen told Nancy Grace on her January 24 show that Arias had hacked into Alexander’s email and was upset that he had kept in touch with her. “I was married and moved on with my life and so they weren’t inappropriate e-mails by any means.” Peterson continued, “We were just two friends that kept in touch after he moved, and, you know, she was very jealous.”
Petersen told a Nancy Grace producer, “She's a known liar. I can't believe my name got dragged into it, but I think she's going to say whatever she can to save herself.”