Today in the State v. Jodi Arias murder trial brought more of her testifying as to her relationship with Travis Alexander and we are now up to April 2008. She killed him on June 4, 2008 so we have a little less than 2 months left, then the firework show will begin, CROSS.
The taped conversation, aka the “sex tape” was finally played in court. Jodi Arias explained that she recorded it because both her and Travis agreed to record their phone sex. As such, there are no issues about the Arizona one party consent law versus California’s two party consent law.
Basically, this was a long conversation that Jodi Arias recorded
on her phone, with Travis Alexander’s permission, that included small talk and phone sex. They discussed other people, movies, super heroes, music and yes, sex. The sex talk included her telling TA she liked “being handled,” liked a freak like TA, and liked his debasing ideas. During this same conversation TA made several comments to her about what he would like to do to her, what he has done to her in the past, that he wants to take pictures of her and that he likes the details of her body (to put it mildly). The conversation also included them both pleasuring themselves as they talked to each other, hence the description “sex tape.” In Session will be airing today’s testimony tomorrow morning before court starts but there will likely be s
Significant muting due to the graphic language contained in the conversation.
During the playing of the tape Jodi Arias appeared very distraught and embarrassed. She cried significantly and was constantly wiping her eyes and her nose. She sat on the witness stand with her face in her hands and her hair hiding her face the entire playing of the tape. After the tape concluded, she explained numerous things that were in the conversation. She kept her eyes downcast but still turned her body towards the Jury.
Jodi Arias then testified to two more instances of physical abuse bringing the total to 5. She confirmed that these 5 were the only instances. The fourth instance of abuse was when she was driving in the car with Travis and he backhanded her when she informed him that she was moving back to California. The fifth instance, unquestionably the most violent, when he pushed her down, crawled on top of her and choked her until she blacked out. Both times she testified that she went back to him after these episodes of abuse because she loved him.
Although none of today’s testimony was as incredible as yesterday’s when she testified that he was a pedophile, it was significant to the Defense’s theory. The playing of the tape both helped and hurt both sides as it gave Travis Alexander a voice and a presence in the courtroom, and gave us some insight into their conversations and sexual relationship. Indeed, the Defense and the State stipulated to playing the tape as long as it was played in its entirety.
Tomorrow, February 13, will bring more testimony from Jodi Arias and it is possible we will get to June 2008, the time of the killing. Stay tuned.