Monday, January 14, 2013

More Testimony on Recovered Photos - Jodi Arias Murder Trial

During the first two weeks of this action packed trial, the jury has heard from several first responders, the friends of murder victim Travis Alexander - who had the unfortunate task of finding him dead in his home after he had been killed 5 days earlier, forensic experts, latent print experts - all from Maricopa County law enforcement agencies as well as hearing from an officer who responded to a reported gun theft from Jodi Arias's grandparents home in Yreka, CA just about a week prior to the murder.

30 year old Travis Alexander was found dead in the shower of his Mesa, AZ home on June 9, 2008. He had been stabbed more than 27 times, had his throat slit and had been shot in the face.  Evidence recovered from the crime scene included a bloody palm print of Jodi Arias, as well as several photos that had been previously deleted from the victim's digital camera that placed Arias at the scene on the day police believe he was killed - June 4, 2008.  Photos that were taken, and later deleted (presumably by Arias) captured Alexander and Arias in various states of undress and they appeared to have been having consensual sex during that visit.

The recovered photos also depict some photos of Travis Alexander that were taken in his shower, while he was alive - followed by pictures that would seem to represent a fierce struggle between the two.  Finally, photos of a dead or dying Alexander were captured, then deleted.  It is unknown if Arias meant to take those final pictures.  The recovered photos have been essential in breaking down Arias's previous lies to police - she denied seeing Travis in several months, then claimed 2 armed intruders killed him. When the overwhelming forensic evidence started coming back proving she was there, she adjusted her story and claimed she killed him in self defense.

Just to recap - my understanding of self defense is, that you defend yourself with enough force to escape the immediate danger.  This killing involved the victim being stabbed 27-29 times, several of those stab wounds were to his back, his throat was slit from ear to ear before finally being shot in the face with a .25 caliber gun.  Coincidentally, Arias's grandparents - where she was living in Yreka, CA reported a break-in at their home on 5/28/08 where a .25 caliber gun was "stolen". The prosecution has alleged Arias took the gun with the intent of using it on Travis.

Alexander was set to leave on a Cancun, Mexico vacation with friend Marie "Mimi" Hall on June 10, 2008.  When she hadn't heard from Travis in several days, friends went to his house to see if he was alright.  How horrifying to walk into that bloody crime scene where Travis's body lay for 5 days.  Nobody should have to see things like that.

Arias's demeanor in court has been somewhat subdued - she seems to cry at the appropriate moments. It's hard to tell if she is really upset, seeing what she ultimately did to this man that she loved or if she is crying for her potential death sentence she faces if convicted. Maybe it's a little of both?  She has been taking notes and sharing them with her attorney Jennifer Willmott throughout the testimony of the Yreka police officer. Perhaps she's offering insight into things that are being alleged? Who knows for sure.  

What we do know is that she FINALLY, when backed into a corner of physical and forensic evidence admitted to killing Travis Alexander. I don't believe this was a case of self defense, as the defense has alluded. This was a rageful and out of control blitz attack on Travis Alexander. I don't think Arias could handle the fact that Travis chose to take another woman on the Cancun trip - a respectable woman from the Mormon church.  She was not going to let that trip happen!  Just my humble opinion.

She's going to have to take the stand if she's going to claim self defense....or will she?


8 comments:

  1. I've got to know. Is there n e chance he sis nor participate n n e of photos ones I've seen doesn't look like. From side of him. If there is chance the wholething even more sinister. Place answer.

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    1. I think Travis was taking a shower, and Jodi came in with the camera and asked him to pose for some pictures. She probably told him they would delete all of them because I doubt he would've wanted them to be seen by anyone but them. That last photo of him looking right into the camera really gets to me. He had no idea what was about to happen. No weapons are ever seen in the shower with Travis. She brought those weapons with her! Thanks for your comment!

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  2. What do u think she meant by I chickened out like a little bitch? Sounds. Like she backed out on plan she had. I Thor that was weird to say to detective

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    1. I'm not sure which comment you are describing. I know there were at least 2 interviews with Det. Flores that were shown at trial. The 7/15/08 interview when she was arrested and still insisting that she wasn't there, and the 7/16/08 interview where she changed her story to the two masked intruder story. I don't recall the specific comment you are referring to. Sorry! Thanks for the comment though!

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  3. N grace pointed out she was dressed. Jodi herself said should came first. I don't no f that is what she did or meant to do. Maybe meant to shoot. Chickened out and that's y she had to do all the other. I believe he is the one who was sexually abused. If a man would pursue to point of breaking into house he would be convicted of rape. He was defenseless against her sexual advances

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    1. Yes, I agree that he was completely defenseless. He may have been somewhat alarmed by her behavior - the tire slashing was never proven to be Jodi Arias but he knew it was her. I really believe she went to Mesa in a last ditch effort to get him to not go on that Cancun trip with Marie Hall or to take her. I think that was eating at her all along and she couldn't bear the thought of them possibly falling in love during that trip! She apparently didn't know that Marie Hall wasn't romantically interested in Travis at the time. She became obsessed, knowing Travis Alexander was persistent and charming. I think the trip triggered her murderous intentions and she ambushed him in that shower. Thanks for your comment!!

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    2. You Have the whole scenario to a tee~ exactly what I feel happened. She could not stand the thought of him in Cancun with another.. If I cant have you now one will~~ she lured him in shower and slaughtered him!

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    3. I agree - the timing of that murder is no coincidence....it had to have been eating at her, sitting in that little room at her grandparents in Yreka, CA - thinking about Travis & Mimi in sunny beautiful Cancun, and obsessing on what may happen between them! Otherwise, why kill him days before that trip? Also it seems he had a lot of other travel plans coming up, none of which included Jodi Arias. Thanks so much for commenting. I love hearing other people's theories on what happened!

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