On March 14, 2013, The Huffington Post reported that the Jodi Arias trial would continue live, with the defense’s final witnesses taking the stand. Jodi Arias faces first-degree murder charges and the death penalty for the June 4, 2008, slaying of her ex-boyfriend and lover Travis Alexander. Arias states that she was forced to kill Alexander after he physically attacked her and says she is a victim of domestic violence who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The defense’s witnesses scheduled to testify are believed to lend credibility to Arias’ self-defense claims.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez has challenged one expert’s credibility: Dr. Richard Samuels. Dr. Samuels is expected to testify regarding Arias’ brain chemistry to back up her claim that she can not remember the specific details of the murder. Arias states Travis Alexander lunged at her causing her to relive prior traumatic abusive experiences with him, and she ran to a closet, retrieved a gun, shot him, then doesn’t remember what happened next.
The prosecution has presented a different story and has challenged her account saying Arias stabbed Alexander first and never fired a gun until after he was dead. Travis Alexander’s body was found on June 9, 2008, and forensic testimony along with the medical examiner’s autopsy stated he had been stabbed 29 times, his throat had been slit from ear to ear and he was shot in the head.
Prosecutor Juan Martinez entered the courtroom to argue that Dr. Samuels should not be allowed to present a PowerPoint slideshow that would help the jury understand Arias’ claimed memory issues.
You may watch live coverage of the Jodi Arias trial streaming online in the link below.
Travis Alexander autopsy and crime scene photos (warning, graphic content, viewer discretion advised)