Kirk Nurmi's closing argument got under way this morning in the Jodi Arias murder trial. He began picking away at the State's theme that Jodi Arias had a "covert" plan to kill Travis Alexander that began in May of 2008. "This case is about fear, love, sex, lies and dirty little secrets", Nurmi told the jury. He then told the jury that they didn't have to like Jodi Arias - saying "9 days out of 10 I don't like her", to which Jodi Arias laughed.
Nurmi warned the jurors to not be afraid of the way their verdict may be received, which prompted an objection from Juan Martinez. Nurmi made light of the State's theory of the covert plan, explaining that Jodi Arias did leave a paper trail of her trip through rental car receipts, gas receipts and through telling Darryl Brewer she was going to Mesa. He seems to be taking Jodi Arias' mistakes and trying to use them in her favor. "She's an intelligent person", he keeps saying.
He disputed the notion that Arias stole the gun from her grandparents home. "She could've just taken it", he argued. He named other sources where Jodi could have gotten a gun that would not have produced a police report. Well, Mr. Nurmi - if Arias had simply taken the gun, wouldn't it have been even more suspicious if it was suddenly missing? She couldn't have returned it after using it after all. Borrowing a gun surely would have been more suspicious after Travis ended up being shot. He's trying, but I'm afraid the damage is done.
Nurmi tried to dismiss the entire gas can issue as well, pointing out that Jodi had enough money in her bank accounts to have purchased gas cans with cash instead of borrowing them from Darryl Brewer, if she were on a covert mission. He's taking the "covert mission" theme too far - remember, Arias told most people she was going to Utah, so it's not the trip that was covert - just the stop in Arizona. Doesn't he think the jury will put this together? He then began displaying photos of Travis in the shower - in particular, the one where his back is to the camera. He pointed out several instances where Jodi could have simply shot or stabbed Travis and been on her way. He has a point there, but I believe it took some time for her to work up the nerve to actually kill him.
Court is in a recess now. More later! This is nerve wracking. Arias has a new hairstyle today, part of her hair is pulled back into a long pony tail while the rest of her hair is down. Both Willmott and Arias are sitting upright and paying close attention today.
Kirk Nurmi couldn't resist going back into the allegations that Travis was a pedophile. I thought he may tone this down during his closing argument, but if it's even possible to sink any lower than they previously have - HE DID. He repeated the comment Travis Alexander made during the phone sex tape about Jodi sounding like a 12 year old girl having her first orgasm - and then said "let's hope he doesn't know what that really sounds like". Wow. ALL TIME LOW. This jury isn't privy to the litigation that went on for years around the forged letters Jodi reportedly produced while in jail, supposedly from Travis in which he admitted to being attracted to young boys. At one point, the State wanted those letters IN, to show the extent this woman would go to in order to lie about the facts in this case. In the end, it was all thrown out. But the jury has no idea about the backstory to this. And for Nurmi to keep throwing that out there is just beyond repugnant.
In the afternoon session, he fell back on playing the phone sex tape again, as if the jury hasn't heard ENOUGH of that to last a lifetime. This isn't a case about sex. It's a murder trial. I'm so disgusted right now that it's hard to type. Nurmi was more effective this morning, when he was pointing out the many opportunities Arias had to kill Travis after arriving on June 4, 2008. He should've stuck to those areas instead of going back to the sexual deviant theme. Shame on him. Thank God Martinez will get the last word!
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