On Feb. 9, 2013, it was revealed that an Arizona news media outlet had obtained documents indicating Jodi Arias, the woman who has been dubbed the “Mormon Casey Anthony,” will testify Monday that the man she’s accused of killing, Travis Alexander, masturbated as he looked at pictures of young boys.
NBC News affiliate KPNX obtained the testimony from the closed door hearing held last week in the case, which indicates the judge will allow Arias to testify that Alexander engaged in lewd acts while looking at photos of children.
Chris Williams of KPNX reports that Arias claims to have walked in on Alexander in the act of pleasuring himself with the images, which resulted in him acting violent and cruel toward Arias, according to her defense.
Williams reports that over a year ago Arias attempted to place into evidence a handwritten note she claims Alexander gave her in which he detailed the encounter. The prosecution argued that handwriting experts could not definitively say the note was written by Alexander, thus it was kept out of trial.
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An expert in domestic violence is slated to testify that the moment Arias allegedly walked in on Alexander, she put in motion a chain of events that eventually led to the couple's violent encounter and the slain man's brutal death.
Arias, 32, is accused of murdering Alexander in 2008 as he showered in his Mesa, Ariz. home. He was stabbed 27 times, his throat was slashed from ear-to-ear, and he was shot in the head.
She claimed the day of the murder she had been taking photos of Alexander, 30, in the shower, when she was hit on the back of the head. She said when she awoke Alexander was being killed by two masked intruders.
According to Arias' story, she was able to escape, but claimed she did not tell police about the incident because she was scared.
Later she admitted killing Alexander, but claims it was in self-defense.
If she is convicted of first-degree murder, she could face the death penalty.