Day 8 of the direct testimony of Jodi Arias in State v. Jodi Arias picked up right where she left off on Day 7, going upstairs to the SHOWER TO TAKE THE LAST PHOTOS OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER that exist. I, like most, thought that she would go into detail about what happened in those last fatal moments but that did not happen. She set up the scene and started to explain but then she stated she COULD NOT REMEMBER the stabbings, could not remember the throat, and could not remember the shooting (at least the last one). She was in a baby blue button up shirt with the little girl side ponytail, not sure if it worked for her today though.
Here is what she did testify to: They went upstairs to take pictures in the shower because he had been working out and lost some weight. While he was posing she DROPPED THE CAMERA and he “FLIPPED OUT.” He stepped out of the shower picked her up and “BODY SLAMMED her” on the tile while screaming at her. She was scared and they were both “freaking out.” She got up, ran down the hallway and went into his closet instead of running out of the room. While in the closet she remembered he had a GUN ON THE TOP SHELF. She thought “he almost killed me before…scared he would kill her.” She grabbed the gun and pointed it at him but he did not stop. The gun went off and they struggled. She was trying to keep him from getting on top of her because she knew she would not be able to get him off her. He was screaming “fucking bitch” and “KILL YOU bitch.”
When asked what happened next she said she broke away from him and she doesn’t remember a lot. She has NO “CLEAR MEMORIES.” She has a “vague memory of the knife in the dishwasher.” She described it as “MORTAL TERROR” and Travis Alexander was “pissed off more than ever.”
She left the house and remembers driving but did not know where she was going. She remembers hitting a lot of stoplights. She remembers THROWING THE GUN in the desert.
She made many statements about how SHE FELT after leaving his house
- life was probably done now
- she hope he was still alive
- nightmare she could just wake up from
- not something I could run from
- wanted to rewind clock
- I wanted to die
Once her testimony moved past the killing she, strangely enough, started remembering a lot of details again. She said she had scrapes all over her ankles, and a small cut on her hand from the night before, but not other injuries.
She realized she was in trouble so she started doing things to make it seem like she was not there. She did not want anyone to know she did it so SHE TRIED TO COVER IT UP. She called Travis Alexander’s phone to leave a voicemail but when she listened to the message it sounded wrong so she deleted it and recorded a new one – she did this for several minutes which explains the long call to his voicemail.
She just wanted to “keep up pretense” and continued her trip acting as if nothing happened when all the while she wanted to just get home to Yreka.
She explained she called Det. Flores to get information from him and to see how close he was to arresting her. She was SCARED TO CONFESS because she couldn’t imagine admitting that she had done something like that.
She then testified about BUYING A GUN on July 1 because she wanted to commit suicide. But then she said she bought it so she could be a sensible gun owner like others she knew. (this did not make sense to me at all.)
Jodi Arias went on to describe attending Travis’ memorial service. If she did not go then it would look suspicious. After attending the service she was sitting by herself in a room and she “felt like he was there.”
After she was arrested she explained she did not tell Det. Flores the truth because she was ashamed and very scared, and an attorney advised her to deny everything. Even during her second conversation with him after her arrest she did not want to admit anything. She did not want to ruin either of their reputations and did not want her family to know what she did. SHE WANTED TO DIE AND TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE in jail by taking a lot of Advil and trying to cut her wrists (but, she said the first little cut hurt so bad she couldn’t do it).
Throughout her testimony she was crying but she didn’t start what I would call “sobbing” until she reached the part where she was in the room by herself after his service. I expected her to breakdown even more. I expected her to say she regretted it and misses him every day. But she did not. You could say that, strategy wise, it was good she skipped over the details as the prosecutor will not have as much ammunition to use against her (as if he needs more). However, I wonder if she lost credibility with the jury since she remembers every other detail of her relationship with Travis Alexander but couldn’t remember the most significant event. Perhaps the expert witness will testify this lack of memory is the result of the abuse. I guess we will learn soon.
Tomorrow the State will get its chance to CROSS her and I can promise you it will be painful for her.