In the continuing trial of alleged murderer Jodi Arias, today Arias testified that she “blacked out” when she stabbed ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander 27 times. What’s confusing is she can testify to conversations she had that day and everything that happened up until the moment she actually killed him.
Jodi Arias is trying very hard to make herself look like the victim that killed her attacker in self-defense. Yet, she only came up with the self-defense theory after police didn’t buy her first two versions of the night Alexander died.
She also doesn’t seem to remember stabbing him 27 times, slitting his throat ear to ear and shooting him in the face.
Her eighth day of testimony on Wednesday consisted of Jodi claiming that Alexander got mad at her for dropping his camera. Looking at the jury, Arias accused Travis of screaming at her, “I will f***ing kill you, b*tch.”
Jodi Arias went on to describe how after Alexander’s supposed threat she feared for her life. The fear made her grab Alexander’s gun out of the closet and pointed it at him hoping he’d back down.
“He kept running, like a linebacker”, Arias testified. “I didn’t mean to shoot him or anything. I didn’t even think I was holding the trigger.”
“I didn’t even know I shot him. It just went off. He lunged at me and we fell really hard. We were struggling and wrestling and he was getting on top of me.”
It’s after the gunshot that Jodi claims she blacked out. “There are a lot of gaps. I have no memory of stabbing him.”
Arias’ defense attorney questioned her about what happened next. “Do you remember dragging him across the floor?”
“No, I just remember trying to get away from him.” Arias went on to say, “I have a few memories.”
“I have a vague memory of putting the knife in the dishwasher but I’ve put the knife in the dishwasher before. I just remember screaming. And I don’t remember anything after that, not immediately.”
Arias then left the apartment and headed to Utah to visit her new love Ryan Burns. Jodi testified that while on her way to Utah, she threw the gun out in the desert and washed all the blood of her hands.
Testifying further, Jodi Arias stated, “I knew I had messed up pretty badly and it was not something I could not run from. I was very upset, I just wanted to die.”
In an effort to cover her tracks, Jodi placed calls to both Ryan and her close friend Leslie. She told them a story about how she had gotten lost and that’s why she was late getting there.
Then Jodi began making phone calls to Travis Alexander. Arias testified that she was hoping that the voicemails would lead police officers away from her.
“I figured that eventually his voicemails are going to be listened to and this would throw the scent off. To keep up the pretense, I had to stick to a schedule and part of that was arriving in Utah”, Jodi testified.
Jodi Arias went on to describe how when she finally arrived at Burns’ home she kissed and cuddled with him trying to act “as normal as possible.” Jodi told the jury that after her visit with Burns she travelled back to her home in Yreka, California.
Arias went back to work and interacted with friends and family without every mentioned that Travis Alexander was dead. “I tried to act like nothing had happened and waited for the clock to tick down” Arias testified.
After attending Alexander’s memorial in Mesa, AZ, Jodi Arias testified that she gave her first story, the obvious lie that she hadn’t been at Travis Alexander’s home to Detective Flores.
“I was very ashamed of what happened,” she testified. “I didn’t want my family to know that I had done that. I just couldn’t bring myself to say that I’d done that.”
Once Jodi Arias came to conclusion that the police didn’t believe her first story or her second which involved supposed masked men committing the crime, she finally said she killed him in self-defense.
However, when asked why she never reported any of the supposed violence and sexual abuse Arias said she didn’t want to ruin his image. “I didn’t feel like I had a future anyway. There wasn’t any reason to take him down”, Jodi said.
“I didn’t want people to know the level of violence our relationship had reached.” At the end of the day on Wednesday, the defense rested its case.
When the case begins on Thursday, prosecuting attorney Juan Martinez will begin his highly anticipated cross examination.
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