On Feb. 19, 2013, Jodi Arias testified in an Ariz. courtroom about text messages sent to her by Travis Alexander—the man she is accused of murdering—in which he appears to threaten to exact “revenge” for her perceived behavior.
ABC News reports that one text, read aloud in court, said, “Do not call back… I’m sick of you playing stupid and dealing with your childish issues. Bitter feelings are brewing in me for you, and if it keep up I fear I will have a genuine dislike for you before I have a revenge.”
The message continued, “You don’t care about anything that doesn’t involve you, and I’m sick of it, and I don’t want to deal with any of it… It’s wearing me out and if it continues, just like I have to give you motivation to tell me the truth I’ll give you motivation to quit screwing with me.”
According to ABC, another text from Alexander threatened to punish Arias after she allegedly was informed by a woman eating at the restaurant where she worked about Alexander and another female. Arias testified she did not learn the woman’s name.
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“After tomorrow it’s going to be really bad for you. It’s time to spit it out,” read Alexander’s message regarding the woman’s identity, reports ABC. He added, “I promise you the punishment will be better than the lie.”
Arias testified that Alexander’s aggressive behavior prompted her to move from Mesa back to her hometown of Yreka, Calif.
She claimed he became even more outraged when he learned she was in an online relationship with another man.
“At this point it was just pure wrath,” Arias told the jury.
Arias, 32, is on trial for murdering Alexander, 30. Prosecutors argue she killed him 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.