On Feb. 21, 2013, Jodi Arias was cross-examined during her murder trial by prosecutor Juan Martinez, who she accused of “screaming” at her and scrambling her “brain” during their interaction.
According to ABC News, Martinez aggressively questioned Arias about her prior testimony, in which she claimed the man she admits killing in 2008—her former lover, Mesa, Ariz. man Travis Alexander—was attracted to young boys and masturbated to images of children.
Arias appeared to stick to her story regarding Alexander, as Martinez’s voice grew louder throughout the cross-examination, ABC notes.
When Martinez asked her about the day Alexander was killed and what took place, she said she could not remember.
“It seems you have problems with your memory. Is this a longstanding thing? Since you started testifying?” asked Martinez.
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Arias responded with, “No it goes back father than that. I don’t know even if I’d call it a problem.”
Martinez retorted by asking her how far back her memory problems go and when she started having issues with memory.
“You say you have memory problems, that it depends on the circumstance. Give me the factors that influence that,” he said.
“Usually when men like you or Travis are screaming at me… It affects my brain, it makes my brain scramble,” Arias said.
When Martinez asked, “You’re saying it’s Mr. Martinez’s fault?” in reference to himself, Arias’ attorney objected and stated, “This is a stunt!”
As Martinez continued to question Arias, he asked about a journal she said she carried with her everywhere in which she wrote. In it she had written, “Nothing newsworthy to report” around the same time she claimed to have witnessed Alexander pleasuring himself to a photo of a little boy. The entry also coincided with the time frame that Alexander had physically abused her and injured her finger, according to her prior testimony.
On Wednesday, Arias testified she witnessed Alexander kissing another woman almost a year prior to his killing. Martinez called her on the fact she did not stop seeing Alexander after the incident, but instead chose to confront him.
He said, “…you decided to confront him… and the reason you did this was because you were jealous.”
She stated she was not jealous but simply wanted to know who the female was “because he [Alexander] was still courting me.”
Prosecutors argue Arias, 32, killed Alexander, 30, in cold blood as he showered in his Mesa home in 2008. He was stabbed dozens of times, his throat was slashed, and he was shot in the head. Arias admits killing Alexander, but alleges she was forced to do so in self-defense.
If convicted of murder, Arias could face the death penalty.