Crime

Jodi Arias Live Blog: Cross-Examination Continues Into Arias' Admitted Lies and Alleged Truths; UPDATES

It's 1:30 p.m., and Monday's lunch recess has just ended. Jodi Arias has re-taken the witness stand and casts a mellow gaze toward the defense side of the courtroom as she waits for the jury to file in.

The afternoon session begins with a long attorney sidebar at the bench.

2 p.m. -- Long sidebar over, now back on subject of flowers sent by Jodi Arias to Alexander's grandmother, who raised him.

Martinez prepares to play excerpts from Arias' 2008 interviews with 48 Hours. The tape plays: We see how five years ago, Arias looks into the cameras and says she'll eventually know what happened.

"If it were my brother, I'd want to know what his last minutes were like," she says, in saying how Alexander's family deserve to know what happened.

She explains in the tape how she sent 20 white irises to Norma Sarvey and sent a "short and simple" letter.

Martinez asks her if the letter wasn't, in fact, 18 pages long. She agrees. And Martinez explains how the letter contains the bogus story about the two intruders.

"Did they deserve that lie?" he asks.

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See Also: - Jodi Arias Live Blog: Arias Grilled Under Cross-Examination by Prosecutor Juan Martinez; UPDATES - Jodi Arias Live Blog: Goes Home After Killing Alexander, Wanting to "Deny Reality" - Jodi Arias Live Blog: Arias Describes How She Killed Travis Alexander in 2008; She Recalls Shooting Him, But Not Stabbing Him or Slashing His Throat

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.