Jodi Arias’ testimony in the State v. Jodi Arias trial today was incredible. It started relatively mundane with a continuation of the details of her life and relationship with Travis Alexander but soon took a 180 degree turn.
Jodi Arias is on trial for First Degree Murder and faces the death penalty in Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County. She is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander with premeditation due to the fact she stabbed him 29 times, slit his throat and then shot him in the head.
Today, February 11, 2013 she testified about how she moved from Big Sur, California to Arizona shortly after she broke up with Travis Alexander (June 2007). She explained that she moved because the plans to move were already in place and that she went through with them. When she moved she was only about 15-20 minutes from Travis Alexander. She further explained that although they were no longer boyfriend/girlfriend they continued their significant sexual relationship and often traveled together. In public they seldom showed any affection unless, of course, they were out of town. She explained she loved him and thought of being his wife.
She further explained that she was cleaning his house twice a week and he paid her around $12.50 an hour to do so. Also, he sent her an email with a picture of a French maid outfit that he wanted her to wear while cleaning. Sometimes sex would occur during the cleanings.
After a month of trial we finally hear about physical abuse. Jodi Arias testified that physical abuse from Travis Alexander started in March of 2007 when he grabbed her wrist after he saw her speaking to Abe Abdelhadi in Las Vegas. The physical abuse occurred again in October 2007 when he pushed her down hard enough that she landed on her knees. The next incident of physical abuse we heard about occurred at the end of January 2008 where he kicked her in the ribs twice and broke her finger. She then raised her left hand and showed her very crooked ring finger to the courtroom.
The BOMBSHELL of the day was when she testified she walked into his bedroom and found him masturbating to pictures or a picture of a little boy, around 5 years old, in underwear. She further explained that this upset her so much she left immediately, went home and vomited. Later that same night she met Travis Alexander to discuss what she saw and he explained that he was ashamed and felt better when he had sex with a woman. And, guess what, yes, they had anal sex again.
Again, the testimony today was incredible. Whether you believe her or not the testimony took the trial to an entirely new level. The jury was riveted and everyone in the courtroom was mesmerized. Does anyone believe her? That is another question. Stay tuned for what comes next.