Prosecutor Juan Martinez continues his contentious cross examination of alleged murderer Jodi Arias. Martinez is out to prove that Travis Alexander’s murder was premeditated in hopes of gaining a death penalty sentence.
Jodi Arias, 32, is on trial for the brutal, vicious murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. Arias allegedly shot Alexander in the face, stabbed him 27 times and slit his throat from ear to ear.
If in fact Martinez manages to prove and gain a conviction for premeditated murder, Jodi Arias could be sentenced with the death penalty. Should Arias be given the death penalty, she would be only the fourth woman in Arizona history to be on death row.
Prosecutor Martinez has spent the last four days meticulously laying out the evidence that when he’s done will prove that Jodi Arias planned the heinous murder then carried out her plan instead of killing him in self defense as she’s claiming.
Martinez presented evidence that Arias specifically rented a car for her trip that wasn’t red. She believes the red cars get pulled over more often that non-red cars.
Arias borrowed gas cans from one of her friends so that she wouldn’t leave a paper trail showing she took a detour to Mesa, Ariz., on her way to Utah. Martinez is using these two pieces of evidence to prove that Arias arranged everything prior to leaving her home.
This would make Travis Alexander’s murder not an act of self-defense the defense is claiming in the face of a domestic attack.
The one piece of evidence that Martinez thinks is the key to his case revolves around an actual “smoking gun.” When questioned by Detective Flores, Jodi Arias told him that Travis Alexander didn’t own a gun.
However, now she is claiming that in 2007 she was cleaning in Alexander’s home she found a gun. According to her third story about the events of that night, Arias testified that as Alexander chased her she grabbed the gun and shot him.
While Arias is claiming she shot Travis Alexander in self defense with his own gun, her grandparents reported their .25 caliber handgun stolen from their Northern California home a week before the murder. Their stolen gun is the same caliber as the one that was used to kill Travis Alexander.
Jodi Arias claims she doesn’t know anything about a burglary at her grandparent’s home. She also insists that she did not take a weapon with her to Alexander’s home.
Juan Martinez kept quizzing Jodi about all of her different stories she’s given to many of the media organizations. Hanging her head, Arias was forced to admit that, “I couldn’t keep my stories straight.”
Martinez said to Arias during her cross examination, “People have a tendency to embellish things sometimes, don’t they? Just like you in this case.”
Arias responded to Martinez’s statements, “Not on the stand, but in this case, yes.” When speaking about her second story to the police in which she tried to say that armed men broke into Alexander’s home and killed him, Arias said, “Some things were not true, most things.”
Jodi Alexander went on to confess that when she spoke to Detective Flores she did lie to him twice about Travis Alexander’s murder. Jodi went on to admit that she lied during her interview with “48 Hours”, when speaking to her family and friends.
Yet she wants everyone to believe that now that she’s under oath, everything she says is the gospel truth. Jodi Arias testified that, “I couldn’t keep my stories straight.”
“It’s all the same thing, just different versions. I couldn’t keep my lies straight.”
Jodi Arias’ trial continues on Thursday.
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