Psycho Killer: Jodi Arias' Kinky Death-Penalty Trial

Prosecutor Juan Martinez rapid-fires questions to murder defendant Jodi Arias, bouncing through timelines, appearing to want to confuse and scold as much as to elicit useful information.

Arias sometimes gets confused and upset. She admits she can't keep her stories straight. She intermittently breaks down sobbing, especially when forced to view the bloody crime-scene photos of her handiwork. But is she acting?

Her biggest breakdown comes on Thursday, February 28, when Martinez leads her through the horrifying minutes of the June 4, 2008, murder of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.


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"Ma'am, were you crying when you were shooting him?"

"I don't remember," she answers, a hand over her face.

"Were you crying when you were stabbing him?"

"I don't remember."

"How about when you cut his throat — were you crying then?" Martinez demands, his voice rising.

If the televised trial were a CGI-animated movie, the short, middle-aged deputy Maricopa County attorney, wearing his typical gray suits, would be a badger.

His job is to make sure Arias' life ends on the executioner's table.

Martinez's belligerence is just one of many reasons this trial — expected to go on for at least another two weeks — is getting watched around the world.

Unless you resemble a doomsday prepper who's been living without a digital signal for the past three months, you already know that Arias is on trial for the grotesque slaying of Alexander, a successful Mormon businessman from Mesa. As of press time, Arias had spent a marathon 17 days on the witness stand, spanning more than five weeks.

The trial itself began January 2, "regaling" — to use one of Martinez's favorite words — audiences globally with nude photos of Arias and Alexander, gory shots of the murder scene, and talk of kinky sex acts.

Public interest in the case had been growing since Alexander's body was discovered in 2008, but the start of the trial kicked off a media storm that has rivaled some of the great real-life courtroom dramas of the TV age.

Each day, dozens of Arias watchers pack into the courtroom's visitors' galley. When Arias began her command performance February 4, millions tuned in to live video, clicked on Arias-related websites, and watched long dissections of the case on CNN's Anderson Cooper and a multitude of other shows.

The long direct examination by public defense attorney Kirk Nurmi seemed intended to both explain Arias' self-defense theory and present a human side of the defendant to the jury — a panel of mostly white, mixed-generation men and women deciding her mortal fate.

Some of the testimony wasn't just raunchy, it was scandalous. Trial watchers heard recorded phone-sex conversations between the former couple along with loads of discussion about anal sex — which, according to Arias, is more preferable before marriage in the Mormon religion than vaginal sex.

America now knows that Tootsie Pops don't just go in mouths and that Pop Rocks add extra spark to oral sex.

Arias claimed her victim was a wanna-be pedophile, used her like a prostitute, called her a "three-holed wonder" and a "whore," and abused her mentally and physically. She caught him masturbating to a picture of a 5- or 6-year-old boy, she testified, and soon after got into a raging fight with him during which he broke her finger.

The wrap-up of the initial defense testimony had Arias going over the details of her self-defense claim: She described how Alexander, angry that she'd dropped his new camera, chased her from the shower to a closet, where she found "his" gun and shot him. She claimed the next thing she remembers is driving into the desert in a "fog." Her testimony was as compelling as it was sketchy.

Then, Juan Martinez began his long cross-examination, going over the intimate, pornographic details of the former couple's sexual activity — and emphasizing that she'd been more sexually experienced than Alexander. Texts and phone conversations showed that she enjoyed their creativity in bed.

The prosecutor's recurring theme: Her stories don't make sense and aren't supported by anything but the word of Arias, an admitted liar and killer. He's made good use of the media interviews Arias gave.

On a big courtroom screen, Arias — from the witness stand — looks at Arias looking into a camera during her infamous 2008 interview on 48 Hours — the one in which she claims "masked intruders" did it.

"If it were my brother, I'd want to know what his last minutes were like," the 2008 Arias told the public. She later switched to the self-defense claim she's now using.

Martinez chides her for sending Alexander's grandmother 20 white irises and a long letter that mentions these faux intruders.

"Did they deserve that lie?" he demands.

Martinez's snide prosecutorial personality has been on full display.

And Arias has been a smart-ass in her retorts, throwing zingers at him like she's trying to repel an unwanted suitor.

Which is one of the reasons that trial watchers find the spectacle so enthralling. Nobody expects such brazen behavior from somebody who may well be put to death.

Then, when viewers become frustrated with Arias' many apparent lies, Martinez is there for them, throwing it in her face.

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skepticguy
skepticguy

does anyone really believe anything ray stern writes?

skepticguy
skepticguy

does anyone really believe anything ray stern writes?

foreveryoung85207
foreveryoung85207

THE TRAIL OF JODI ARIAS  IS A JOKE!  SHE SAYS IS WAS ABUSED IN HER DREAMS ,I WAS AN ABUSED WOMEN FOR MANY YEARS  I GOT OUT OF THAT .AND I DID NOT GO KILL MY  EX  .JODI  IS JUST ACTING  SHE IS A VERY BIG LIAR  SHE WANTS PEOPLE TO FEEL SORRY FOR HER.B___S___  .I HOPE SHE GETS  THE  DEATH  PENTALY.AND  THE  ONE MILLION  THAT WAS SPENT SO FAR ON TAX  PAYERS MONEY  ,THAT MONEY SHOULD  OF GONE TO OUR SCHOOLS, FEED OUR CHILDREN.NEED I SAY MORE. 

Turtle88
Turtle88

Seriously, that State vs Jodi Arias page is run by two trolls from Australia with nothing better to do than to get involved in a justice system that is none of their business.  They are shady and maybe should pay attention to the stalking and harassment practices they participate in online in their own damn country.  Bunch of freaks. 

zandrei
zandrei

Jodi is just like Charles Manson cold and devil driven killer. The gun and knife was brought by her, she was good with knife she slashed 12 tires remember? She is not fooling anyone but herselfserving fog, may GOD punish her devilish ways, and he will.

phephe2311
phephe2311

She's a liar... Its impossible to be in a "Fog"  Coming from Mesa she would have had to drive on 3 highways,Drive thru 2 towns. Once getting to Kingman she would have had to exit one hwy to get on another, then drive thru Kingman's Main Street to get on road leading to Hoover Dam where she said she came to. Thats impossible.  I drive that route every month to Las Vegas.

no1carolyn
no1carolyn

Nice work Mr. Stern.  Carolyn Reynolds, Author

kscntrygrl2000
kscntrygrl2000

I am finding that the majority of peoples opinion of this case have gotten worse as this trial moves forward. Watching her arrogance, hearing her blatant lies, has all but turned the majority against her more than they were. She is an arrogant, self centered, sociopath with not even an ounce of remorse. If she was truly remorseful and repentant of her actions,she wouldn't have taken this farce as far as she has. She wanted him dead,and to NEVER get caught. I am amazed at her unrelenting and insistent trashing of travis's character. Yes,he made mistakes,and obviously was not perfect. What Jodi has done is horrific, and to not treat this murder As one would if she was a man killing a woman would be unfair. The bias that some show,because of the fact she is a woman astounds me! She mutilated and murdered a human being! She should be treated the same as any man.

kscntrygrl2000
kscntrygrl2000

I am finding that the majority of peoples opinion of this case have gotten worse as this trial moves forward. Watching her arrogance, hearing her blatant lies, has all but turned the majority against her more than they were. She is an arrogant, self centered, sociopath with not even an ounce of remorse. If she was truly remorseful and repentant of her actions,she wouldn't have taken this farce as far as she has. She wanted him dead,and to NEVER get caught. I am amazed at her unrelenting and insistent shredding of Travis's character. Yea, he made mistakes, as do we all!

saxonoskar
saxonoskar

The Facebook page run by Australian admins, is becoming a very 'hate hate hate' page, and I have unliked it for that reason, they did have good links, but too many angry opinionated people just out for death penalty.  Would they be so blood mongering if it was their family member???? 

loria0825
loria0825

I have been following this trial very closely.  Martinez has more work to do to prove premeditation; he's getting there but he's not there yet.  Many in the media act as if a first degree murder conviction is already a done deal and it's not.  Big mistake for Martinez or any one else for that matter to get overconfident right now. 

toplesscorvette
toplesscorvette

Great detailed article. Been following the case daily.

It's not complicated folks. GUILTY-1st

skullbuster44
skullbuster44

If memories were blocked from forming from the beginning of the stress (gunshot) and she came out of the fog in the car, remember Dr. said no memories whatso ever, how did she remember dropping the knife and screaming. Wish I could get Martinez to ask this question.

cynthiahall1961
cynthiahall1961

I love the no nonsense approach that Mr martinez has with this trial , he has his facts together with no second guessing, we need more prosecutors like him especially down south then maybe justice would be served and a lot of this shooting and killing people would stop.

katiecoolady
katiecoolady

Thank you Ray for covering this trial.  As you know I've been in the courtroom most days in support of the family. I've never seen the likes of the brutal reassassination of this victim through this sociopath and her attorneys through this trial.  To readers: this has nothing to do with an insanity defense. She's claming SELF DEFENSE while she stabbed Travis 27 times including 9 stab wounds in the BACK as he tried to escape her then she slit his throat and shot  him in the face. After at least 2 weeks of premeditation and years of lying about her involvement.  this will result in a conviction and death sentence for the demon.  Mark my words.


c.robideaux
c.robideaux

I am insulted by Ray Stern's crass assertion that you have to be a "doomsday prepper who's been living without a digital signal for the past three months" in order not to know the ongoing, gory details of the Jody Arias case. I, for one, am a regular guy who doesn't have anything against folks who have chosen to be prepared for doomsday, if they so choose (the unnecessary insinuation by Stern being that only these crazy prepper types have weeded out network TV from their lives - really?) and I am glad I haven't had my mind twisted (or tittillated in a soap opera of justice, O.J. kind of way) by this media circus. Why should any of us need to have this sick parade crammed down our throats on a daily basis? I have lived just fine and well-informed without a TV signal for years now. I have peace of mind without mainstream, network TV brainwashing and "infotainment," thanks very much. In fact, I didn't find out about this case until a friend of mine in Vegas kept asking me, "What do you think about this Jody Arias murder case?" and when I replied I didn't know anything about it, and he told me the basic facts, that's really all I cared to know. I pick up the leftist, sensationalistic, yellow-journalism rag New Times every now and then, and this week decided to read up on what is sure to be the O.J. trial of this decade. Despite Stern's superfluous societal slant, one can gather from his piece that the overall tone of the trial is inappropriately voyeuristic and salacious, though prosecutor Martinez is right to keep the pressure on his deceitful, confused, ruthlessly homicidal defendant. Don't let this one turn into the fiasco and miscarriage of justice that O.J. was, people!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

Only on the US and in a Corrupt State like Arizona something like this could take place, where it seems that MEDIA WHORING is more important then SEEKING JUSTICE for an individual massacred by a psycothic bitch, whose Defense  is probably going to claim that she is mentally ill...... somebody already said that She is suffering PTSD, therefore paving the way for the Defense to go for that and try to play that card, which in the State of Arizona seems to be fair play. No research needs to be done to find an instance, for example : there's the MCSO and its CORRUPT SHURF , from where I think the need for MEDIA WHORING has spread to the top of the JUDICIAL SYSTEM and the COURTS to the point of making this trail a SOAP OPERA/COMEDY, which probably is going to generate a book , a Movie and so on, and the consequential result...MONEY, which I think is what They are going after, instead of bringing a swift, fair and bullshit free trail.

danxranx
danxranx

She is pretty hot man, I wouldnt mind some of that action!


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Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 A bevy of news shows, including those hosted by Nancy Grace andDr. Drew Pinsky on CNN andHLN, deconstruct the day's events. 


At this point, does anyone really think Dr Drew knows what he's talking about? 6 years of his show, and 5 people have killed themselves? 51 patients and 5 have killed themselves. Are there other counselors who have a 10% suicide rate among their patients?

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

 //"She described how Alexander, angry that she'd dropped his new camera, chased her from the shower to a closet, where she found "his" gun and shot him."//


Didn't she shoot him in the shower? I've been trying to figure out this statement. AFAIK, he was shot and killed in the shower. Is she expecting us to believe that the momentum from the bullets carried him all the way back down the hall into the bathroom?


And the pictures are a little freaky. That girl has something seriously wrong with her junk...

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Award winning commentary on the Arias trial.  You're a class act Mr Stern.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Ray - great article.  I appreciate the deeper dive into this case.  I also liked your living blogging from the first couple days of the prosecutors cross exam.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

What I'd like to know, if this were indeed self-defense, is after which stab wound did Travis quit attacking her.  Really.  I hope she gets life without parole, so she'll have many years to contemplate her actions

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

We all appreciate your feminism FerrisAgain, but it is misplaced on this psychotic killer. She deserves to be killed for reasons way outside her sexuality.

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

Damn. The number of sexist comments on here are so shocking. This woman is an evil, disturbed, awful human being. And it has nothing to do with the fact that she's a she. Or that she has a sexual past. My god, people, welcome to the 21st century.

ghsclarke
ghsclarke

She may be as guilty as sin, but Juan is proving to be uniformed, loose with his statements (i.e. if it isn't in her journal it didn't happen.) When forcing Jodi with a yes or now regarding if something was possible, he twists her reply to suit his needs.  He tried to prove that buying gas cans shows premeditation (she could go to any gas station and pay cash if she didn't want a record of her filling up in Arizona).  He infers that a photo which is in focus was not accident since it was in focus (it only takes 1/2 second of pushing the shutter button down to focus (IF IT WAS OUT OF FOCUS TO  START WITH).  Yesterday he stated that the shelf had to fall if she stood on it.  This is not so - depending on how quick she was - where her weight was, and how tight the shelf was within the sides - it is indeed possible to get up there momentarily.  He needed to have her actually try this on a shelf unit built to the exact specs as the CSI's measured at the time the body was found.

Again - I think she is guilty.  But Juan is so off base on many of his accusations that I would be surprised to see him headline more prosecution cases.  

valerie.lagunas
valerie.lagunas

@saxonoskar I'm saying give the bitch the needle, eye for an eye, Jodi MURDERED Travis in a brutal way, what do you wanna do? Give the freak show a fucking lollipop? Be serious!!! If she gets the death penalty for this brutal murder that JODI COMMITED I rather see the Alexander family getting a chance to stab her 27 times, slit her throat from ear to ear and shoot her in the head with a .25 caliber gun... That's justice!!!

Putting a needle in her arm and putting her to sleep is not what Travis went thru!!! I hope this 3 hole wonder gets the death penalty!!! She didn't give Travis the option of life, why should we!!!!!

boofa01
boofa01

@saxonoskar Even in reading this article, as the timeline unfolds and you see more and more of Arias and what she is like, you begin to feel more and more disdain for her. I think it might be fairly impossible for most people to hear her lies, her brutality and her attitude and not progressively feel more and more negatively towards her. If it were my family member I'd definitely feel like that - no questions asked. And if Arias was my family member, I'd fully understand why the other side felt like they did.

1260Linda
1260Linda

@saxonoskar If Travis were your family member would you not feel the same way?  Just a thought. 

promodeln4u
promodeln4u

@loria0825 Im a true Juan fan and adore the man's Prosecutorial talents, but I too, agree with you. Im also the kind of person who doesnt believe it til its IN MY HANDS anyway. I think he's doing a fabulous job and has done beautifully. Like you say though, I dont think he or anyone else should become overconfident - yet. Instead, keep digging and instilling the premeditation in the jurors minds. The facts are there. Make sure they HEAR it is all. Well said Loria0825.

saxonoskar
saxonoskar

@c.robideaux  I found that comment insulting too... I dont like in a cave or under a rock, yet in the country I live in, have had NO media coverage of this case at all. Im now watching the trial days from day 1 on youtube.  So have an unbiased opinion since havnt had all the media coverage for years like those in USA


naoma4man
naoma4man

@danxranx   I have been watching the trial since it started.  She would probably give you some action because in one story about her she gave a guy she had just met "oral sex" right outside his car.  I doubt she will see the light of day once this trial ends.  The sex is very graphic and they give a "daily warning" that it is.  Personally, I am enjoying Juan.  I live in Phoenix and would try to get into the trial but people line up at 4 AM and finding a parking place is difficult.

promodeln4u
promodeln4u

@danxranx You want some of THAT "action" eh? Hey! Im SURE you can find plenty of so-called "hot" women who'd like to murder you in cold blood! Especially the ones with a way higher IQ than you SEEM to have. SMDH. How ignorant. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mikey1969  ... did they kill themselves BECAUSE of Dr. Drew? ... or in spite of Dr. Drew?

Fact is, those suicidal losers were going to check-out anyway ... and good riddance!


phil123jones
phil123jones

@pszymeczek .......... I think she will have many years in prison to contemplate her crimes whether or not she gets the death penalty.  It takes on average, about 20 years or more to execute a prisoner.  

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

@FerrisAgain I find your comments refreshing, and on track. We should not look at this thru the jaded eyes that decide one gender is more evil than the other.

Having said that....if she were not a murderer, I would bang her like a screen door in a hurricane!  In front of her family, if necessary!

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

@FerrisAgain It's a sad result of the opening up of the courtrooms for the public to watch the trials as though they were sports events.

That, and people love to be judgmental and insert their own morality into their conclusions of what they've witnessed, for whatever reasons.

Maybe it's just the nature of the beast?  I'm sure it could be improved but only by the individuals participating, unfortunately.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

ghsclarke, seems to me that U R the one off base. 1, You have to be familiar with how a Prosecutor handle each case. You have to be Him to know the reason why He does that 2,- When You buy gas, even if You pay in cash, there are those little things called "SECURITY CAMERAS"  that could capture Her, why risk it,3.- A picture beign in focus it means that the picture taken is clear and centered, on whatever was intended to.....contrary to a picture taken by accident; usually out of focus due to no objective has been chosen at the moment the shuter was actuated....... the only thing I might agree with You, is the shelf. THINK ABUT IT.

1260Linda
1260Linda

@loria0825 @saxonoskar  I believe he is referring to The State vs Jodi Arias Travis Alexander Murder Trial page.  A page for support of Travis Alexander.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

@DonkeyHotay @Mikey1969 Look, he's obviously not a good counselor, when that many of his clients kill themselves after his services. What's so hard to figure out? Of course, he has a much better attitude than you do. I'd say you'd have a 100% suicide success rate if you were the therapist.

promodeln4u
promodeln4u

@phil123jones @pszymeczek I only want the DP simply due the much more strict rules than LWOP. I WISH ALL states would make LWOP carry the same strict guidelines as DP, then it wouldnt be so hard. The BEST thing for this lunatic IS to have to live with and by herself. She'll drive herself insane! And not having ANY attention? Oh yeah! That'll do her in. My ONLY problem with DP for her is, I dont think its a hard enough death. Way too easy for someone like her! Im serious. 

ghsclarke
ghsclarke

@IdontRecall

Your points are invalid.  
1 - I have been a semi-professional photographer since 1973.  I have been dealing with digital cameras since 1997.  Don't get me started on the photography aspect - I know very well what I am speaking of.

2 - As far as hidden cameras at gas stations - forget it.  You are expecting every gas station to have images of every car Arizona on the day in question.  It is not going to happen. Even if every single car had an image taken, there are thousands of gas stations in Arizona.  Jodi was not suspected for some time - tapes, disks, hard drives get rewritten all the time.  Do you think there is going to be a database of every car and license plate that gets gas in Arizona?   
Juan just shows his stupidity. 
As I said - I am sure Jodi is guilty - and it may be premeditated.  But Juan is grasping at things he hasn't a clue about.

promodeln4u
promodeln4u

@IdontRecall Amen, Amen, AAAMEN!!! Whoo! I couldnt have said it better! And I LOOVE your strikes...and..."Almost forgot to mention...you are out!" LMAO! LOVE THIS POST! MY FAVE thus far! 

Am a smartass, especially with people who are OBVIOUSLY talking outta their anus, but you my friend? Youve just schoold ME in being sarcastic! And THAT? Thats doing something! LOL! Thank you!

PS. He is, WAY off base. And WAY uninformed! 

Guest
Guest

@ghsclarke @IdontRecall I think it's feasible that the purchase of gas cans could show premeditation. If I wanted to convince people that I had not been in the state or in the area when something happened, I sure as hell wouldn't risk fueling up in that area! You're right, security cameras may be "re-written" regularly... in the one or two places that still use VHS tapes. Most corporate chains now continuously burn their security tapes to DVD or save them on a hard drive and they are NOT overwritten or deleted. Not to mention she stole her grandparents' gun and brought it with her to poor Travis Alexander's house. I hear you that individually the points the prosecutor is making cannot stand on their own. But all together... it paints a pretty convincing picture. Not that we really need him to. 29 stab wounds, a gruesomely slashed throat and a bullet to the face kinda makes the prosecutor's argument for him. ya know.

ghsclarke
ghsclarke

@IdontRecall  - Well - I am sure you are a very nice person, but I am also sure that logic is a matter that escapes you.  You might want to stick with crochet as you don't have to think aloud.  

That said - are you still insane enough to  believe that focus on a camera can only take place when you  have composed the shot you are looking for?  C'mon and smell the coffee!  I am not going to give you a course in photography, focal length, and composure. While this is usually a quick lesson I teach, I don't have a spare day or two to make you understand.

Secondly - are you telling me the only time you have paid cash for a gas purchase, you have gone inside to pay?  Even Arco/AMPM stations have had the pay stations outside where cash is taken as well as debit, etc.

Perhaps Juan is a heroic relative of yours - I don't know.  But I do know that you have formed an opinion that even the courts are not prepared to give to the jury yet.  The law knows better that to accept pre-meditaion without all evidence in. You evidently are not a believer in bringing facts into evidence.  





IdontRecall
IdontRecall

ghsclarke, U R still off base. second strike.....TO PEOPLE OF GOOD KNOWLEDGE; FEW WORDS ARE NEEDED. There's no need to go into the Photography Realm to understand the difference between a FOCUSED picture, and a picture taken by acccident(out of focus)I already made my point........it's hard to believe U beign a semi-pro photographer when it seems that U have no clue of what's the difference. Third strike......I never mentioned "hidden caneras", I said  "Security Cameras", if You know the difference between them. When someone PAY IN CASH, necessarilly they have to go into the gas station, something She didn't want to do or risk beign seen  or captured on video and later been recalled, there might be no video but still somebody might remember Her or the car She was driving.

BTW, do You know how many cases Mr Juan has Prosecuted? seems U have a bonner for Him. Yes, She is guilty and that is a premeditated crime, based on all the evidence. This trial should've been finished by now, but it seems everybody in the court is more interested on her sexual life than the crime commited, maybe They want to get some pointers. ONLY IN ARIZONA..........Oh I almost forgot.....U R OUT.

 
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