Skip to main content

Arias Attorney Argues Against "Covert Plan" To Kill Travis Alexander

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.

**UPDATE**

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!

Comments

  1. I was watching Nancy Grace lastnight and there was a picture of Jodi sitting on some rocks at the Grand Canyon and the pants she was wearing in the phote looked like the one in the picture from the crime scene. The yoga pants with a strip down the side.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's established that it's her in the photo's, no argument has been made that it's not her.

      Delete
    2. Anon (5/3 @ 10:50AM & 2:08PM),
      Yes, I'm sure those were indeed the pants she wore. Scary. The fact that so many of his friends picked up on her strange vibe so quickly is very telling. I wish Travis had listened to those friends, although it may not have made a difference if she was determined to make him pay. Just sad and senseless.

      Delete
    3. If you look carefully at that "Chicken Dance" video that was broadcast on TV- you know, the one where Travis is dancing, laughing & having fun, while Arias is running back & forth like an obsessed teenaged fan, snapping pictures of him- you'll notice she's wearing the black flip-flops that were left at the crime scene (State's Evidence marked #50). That is so creepy to me, as I think during her frantic "cleanup" before the roommate returned home, she showered off & ran through the closet, so she wouldn't run through all the blood in the hallway. That's why no blood was found on the way out of the house. As I've commented before, there's no way she left Travis' house looking like CARRIE (Sissy Spacek) at the prom. These Cluster B personality disorders are such adroit pathological liars; weaving truth in their lies to manipulate others. That's where her "I ran away from Travis into the closet & just happened to find a gun" lie came about. Despicable. She premeditated this & went to great lengths to cover it up. Nurmi tried to say, "If she was so smart, then blah, blah, blah..." Well, that simply means she's just not as clever as she thinks she is. Murder 1.

      Delete
  2. Thanks, My Forte! You have pointed out many things I am sitting here wondering about. The gun for instance, yes it would have been way more suspicious if they immediately thought she had taken it.

    And yes! Her story was she was driving to Utah.....so she needed a car, etc. Good point. Ugh, Nurmi is hard to watch..... although at this point I feel Willmot is even worse.

    Sue

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sue,
      Yes, it makes sense that she didn't want to ask to borrow a gun that could later be traced back! Nurmi doesn't think the jurors have common sense. He used Arias' mistakes to his favor -he kept saying how intelligent she was. There's no such thing as a perfect murder! I think it was harder than she thought it would be,and it took some time to work up the courage to do it! Don't you? I actually liked Willmott in the beginning, more than Nurmi anyway. But she sunk to lengths I didn't know existed! I believe you can do your job without sinking soooo low.

      Delete
  3. I had to repost on this thread!

    The FBI profiler that they interviewed on HLN put her on the level of Bundy. This was before we knew she has BPD which I am sure you know used to be called Borderline Psychotic. Enough said.

    I can't stand listening to Nurmi today... Just because she made mistakes and is not as smart as she thinks she is doesn't mean she isn't a cold-hearted premeditated murderer. And unless your completely dilusional, don't you think even the coldest person takes a little time to build up the courage to actually kill someone? Even with serial killers isn't that the case? Besides that I still think she was there with her last ultimatum and attempt to manipulate him.

    Sonja

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree Sonja, not to mention she had to murder him at a time she knew she'd have enough clean up time. She had to be sure none of the room mates knew she there so, had she shot him in his sleep, she couldn't be sure of that.

      Delete
    2. Right his roommate had to leave for work first. I keep thinking about her showering too. She most likely would have showered upstairs and where would have TA been... Maybe in the shower too. She's despicable beyond belief!

      Sonja

      Delete
    3. Yes Sonja! A naked person is so vulnerable, had she chosen to run he was not going to chase her down the street naked. She was fully clothed. One of the room mates was fairly new so she probably wasn't 100% sure of his schedule.

      Delete
    4. Sonja - I have thought the same thing about mentally preparing yourself to murder someone. That issue was not brought up in anything I've seen or read. I also agree that she was possibly going for the final attempt to win him back & the plan was murder if that didn't work. I have no doubt the pictures were her mementos that are often taken from crime scenes. They were both very big with taking pictures.
      - C

      Delete
    5. Sonjua,
      Interesting about the Bundy comparison. I completely agree that Arias didn't kill him right away in part because she wanted to give him one last chance to get back together - but when the sex failed to do the trick, she had to work up the courage to actually follow through with the plan. She brought the gun, no doubt about it - and may have brought the knife too. But thinking it and doing it are too different things. She had to work up the rage in her head until she could finally do it. I absolutely believe that!

      Delete
    6. I think that seems pretty clear to most of us and I think the jury is going to fall the same way as the general public.

      The media wants to make us believe that there are two sides of every story but I think in this case there is pretty much just one.

      The people who compare this case to the CA case are wrong. There was no evidence of murder or that the mother was even present when the baby died. What they should have charged her with was criminal disposal of a body and interfering with a police investigation, etc, etc. Those they could have gotten plenty of years on. You don't get Al Capone on racketeering you get him on tax evasion.

      I though JM was awesome how he laid out the jury instructions and how they find murder 1.

      Sonja

      Delete
    7. I completely agree. I also think she was lying in wait for the PERFECT time. What BETTER time to slice someone up gthan when they are naked and sitting in a shower stall? All the blood could be easily washed away.

      Delete
    8. I agree as well. I think she planned to kill him in the shower to contain the blood and evidence. But when her plan failed she panicked and all she knew was he was supposed to die in shower so in keeping with her original plan she dragged him back to the shower and washed him clean. I just wish Martinez would have brought that detail to the attention of the jury...why couldn't she just have left him bleeding on the carpet?

      Delete
  4. I can't believe the huge smile Jodi broke into when Nurmi said he didn't like her, it was like she was trying to say, without words "Oh Nurmi, you are just too funny, you know what great buddies we are!". Her emotions are SO inappropriate, it's just mind blowing.

    Nurmi's voice going into a high pitch is not appealing at all. He's trying so hard to be a slick as JM, not using notes.

    As to why Jodi didn't shoot Travis in his sleep, she needed time to try and seduce him out of going to Cancun with Mimi Hall. She knew Mimi only wanted to be friend with Travis but Travis saw her as future marriage material. Jodi was terrified this trip was going to win Mimi over for Travis and, once he was married, that would be it...he'd have his nice Mormon wife, he'd have a sex life with her and no longer need her. The thought of this terrified her so, after she wasn't able to talk him out of it, she killed him.

    Nurmi's saying "none of this makes sense as to premeditation"...sorry Nurmi, it makes tons of sense.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pathetic argument at best but they don't have anything in their favor to argue. Nurmi is just too boring to even make it seem like he's got something with his style of delivery. To say that she had plenty of chances to kill Travis and didn't take them ... well, she sure took one of those chances. The one where he was the most vulnerable, sitting in the shower. Pathetic. Guilty in the 1st degree and death ... and it shouldn't take long.

      Delete
    2. Yep anon, and also she made sure the coast was clear as far as his 2 room mates. She loves to talk about how intelligent she is but she's dealing with people (Flores, Martinez) MUCH more intelligent than she is.

      Delete
    3. Anon (5/3 @ 11:01AM),
      I believe that during one of the initial interviews w/Det Flores, Arias revealed that she believed Travis was very interested in Mimi Hall - describing her as "the woman he wanted to share his life with", but she was not aware that Mimi only wanted to be friends! She didn't seem aware of that, only aware of how Travis felt about the potential with Mimi. I could be wrong? Just my 2 cents....

      Delete
    4. My Forte, that is what I remember, too.

      Delete
  5. I'm sorry but people KNOW when you're in a bad relationship. I was slapped once by my ex H and he threw something at me once but, other than that, he never got physical in the 16 years we were together. He was very jealous and emotionally abusive and people KNEW! His jealousy became so bad and obsessive HIS friends would call me and check and me to see if I was okay. When I left him nobody was surprised or shocked. People know these things! Even my husband's friends knew the issues he had!!!

    Here we go, Nurmi's on with the sex talk.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Kurt Nurmi Theme song:
    A Rambling Man

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htTLWC1unMc

    ReplyDelete
  7. Does anyone know the jury reaction to this bs from Nurmi?

    ReplyDelete
  8. Remember when Jodi stopped and bought the
    gas can she also both 2 tubes of sunblock,
    Plan A seduce him & trip to Cancun Plan B
    kill him!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yep, I think so, too.

      Sue

      Delete
    2. I didn't know that about the sunblock. I think that's a big point.
      - C

      Delete
  9. My Forte, so so true! I completely agree with you. Bringing in all that sex stuff again makes Nurmi look like the sexual deviant, IMO. Unbelievable. The jury will not be distracted from he truth, Nurmi! So absolutely creepy and disgusting.

    Sue

    ReplyDelete
  10. A very sweet comment from Travis to Jodi, on her my space page, before she brutally murdered him.
    Travis
    Wow I used to be fat. You look great though.
    5 years ago

    RIP Sweet Travis

    ReplyDelete
  11. I think it was more of an obsession with Travis.
    She liked all of his friends, the life he had,
    everything she didn't have. I think she smothered
    him. I remember one of his friends saying that
    he went to their house for a couple of hours just
    to get away from Jodi, so Travis left with them in
    their car and Jodi was running after them. And one of Jodi's ex roommates from Ca. saying she couldn't take Jodi weirdness and only stayed 3 weeks and moved out.


    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anon (5/3 @ 9:44PM),
      That was so creepy to hear, I can just imagine her chasing that car down the street. She was jealous of his friends, especially the female friends he had. Flirting was in his nature and she couldn't stand it!

      Delete
  12. I think Nurmi playing the sex tape was a huge mistake. I think the jury is sick of it and it could only irritate them. Wouldn't it be nice if one of them could have looked him right in the eye and said, "Seriously?!"

    Also, JA brought the sexual dynamic to the relationship and I think the 12-year old thing was something she said she liked and waited and taped it. Vile.

    Sonja

    ReplyDelete
  13. Sonja, If you notice in the sex tape, she had him
    repeat himself a couple of times, so she could
    make sure it was taped. Her brother said on his FB page that his sister taped the sex tape for future girlfriends, that was posted in 2008, but
    has been since removed. I think she was going to
    black-mail him with the Bishop and his friends.
    And I don't think he realized she was taping it.
    And the funny thing about the phone that was
    supposed to be lost in 2008, was found in
    Grandfather's car, by Aunt in 2010. They did a
    search of Grandparents & parents home for
    evidence, I think she hid the phone the same
    time she destroyed the hard drive on her PC.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anon - Agreed!

      Additionally most pedophiles don't cross genders and all we heard was the 12-yr old girl comment. Nothing about boys except her words.

      Pedophiles would leave some kind of trail, searches, photos, witnesses, past girlfriends, family, etc. Just like Dr. Demarte was saying... You don't get to be a 30-yr old man with some kind of fetish that has never been noticed by anyone or any evidence anywhere!

      Sonja

      Delete

Post a Comment

Thank you for commenting!

Most popular posts

Dr. Janeen DeMarte - A Look At The Prosecution's Expert Witness

Dr. Janeen DeMarte is expected to take the stand in the Jodi Arias murder trial as a key witness for the prosecution. Think of DeMarte as the State's response to Dr. Richard Samuels and potentially Alyce LaViolette. It's unclear when DeMarte will testify, but with Alyce LaViolette's testimony wrapping up, I thought it would be helpful to take a look at who the State's expert witness is.




Dr. Janeen DeMarte is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a private practice in the Phoenix area. She holds a master's degree and PhD in clinical psychology. with a concentration on forensics - and graduated from Michigan State University and fulfilled her doctoral residency at Arizona State Hospital.  Her clinical training was done at outpatient clinics, correctional facilities and inpatient unit settings. She has served as the Clinical Director of a large outpatient behavior health clinic in Phoenix and "oversaw the practice of numerous multidisciplinary treatment provide…

Is Alyce LaViolette Cashing In On Murder Trial?

As the defense finishes questioning their star witness, domestic abuse expert Alyce LaViolette, many are disillusioned by her choice to take the stand to portray murder defendant Jodi Arias as a battered and abused woman.  Maybe I'm the one who's crazy, but wasn't Travis Alexander the one who had the life stabbed, slashed and shot out of him at the hands of Jodi Arias? Who battered whom here?  Are Travis Alexander's not-so-kind text messages to Jodi Arias PROOF that he was a womanizing batterer and bully who held all the power in the relationship between Arias and Alexander?

Alyce LaViolette seems to think so. Does she have any idea the feelings of outrage she is bringing out in the hearts and minds of the real victims of domestic abuse all over the country? Before LaViolette began testifying, I kept asking myself "why would a woman who is so well respected in her field choose THIS case, defend THIS woman?"  Could it be the money? I suppose $250-$300 an hour c…

Was Trip to Cancun Catalyst to Murder? Jodi Arias Murder Trial

Marie "Mimi" Hall was the first prosecution witness to take the stand in the Jodi Arias Murder trial. She took the stand on January 3, 2013. Hall told jurors that she met Travis Alexander through the Mormon Church. Although they initially went on a date, it was quickly recognized that they were a great match as friends, and they remained such good friends that Alexander invited Hall to accompany him on a work retreat to Cancun, Mexico. The trip was to begin on June 10, 2008. Travis wouldn't live to see that day. Friends found him murdered in his home in Mesa, AZ on June 9, 2008. Coincidence, or catalyst? Travis's close friends have told investigators that Arias had been engaging in stalker-like behavior in the months preceding the murder. Twice, Alexander had his tires slashed after going out with other women. He told close friends his Facebook account had been hacked into. Arias even reportedly would use the doggie door to gain entry to Alexander's home. …

A Look At Alyce LaViolette And More Strange Video Footage of Arias Arrest

Yesterday, as Dr. Richard Samuels finished up his testimony the Jodi Arias defense team called their next expert witness to the stand, Alyce LaViolette. LaViolette is a very legitimate expert on the subject of domestic violence, having been one of the early leaders back in the 1970's when this was not a topic that was spoke of often. Jennifer Willmott had LaViolette introduce herself and her educational background, and list her many accomplishments helping battered women and even helping the men who battered them, hoping to return these women to a safer environment. She is likable, and she is a legitimate voice on this topic. The prosecution should not expect this witness to be as sloppy in the trial casework and reporting as Dr. Samuels was. 

While it's unknown exactly how far out on a limb LaViolette will go for Jodi Arias, she is expected to testify about some of the characteristics of battered women, why they return to their abusers - and what some of characteristics are of…

"Cold Justice" Heats Up Unsolved Murder Cases

This is my third blog post on TNT's new reality show, "Cold Justice".  Cold Justice pairs former Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler with former Las Vegas CSI Yolanda McClary, who travel to small rural towns across America to look at unsolved murder cases.  Their first episode which aired Tuesday has already delivered results - the arrest of Ronnie Hendricks (see yesterdays post for details) for the murder of Pam Shelley. TNT lists an episode guide online, and 
I couldn't resist taking a peek and looking for details on those cases.  I was astonished at what they have accomplished in their first season.  This is more than just another crime drama, these ladies are committed and determined to bringing justice to those who may have escaped it previously in small towns that may lack the resources to bring a suspect to trial.

You can see the episode guide on their website. They give a brief description of the victims and circumstances of their deaths. Here is a list of this seas…