On Jan. 17, 2013, the state of Arizona rested its case in the murder trial of Jodi Arias, the woman accused of brutally murdering her former lover, Mesa man Travis Alexander. The last person to testify was a woman who befriended Arias several years before the killing.
The Huffington Post reports that when the state rested, Arias’ attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the case.
According to the Post, the final witnesses on the stand Thursday was Leslie Udy, who befriended Arias in 2006 during a work-related event.
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She said Arias was jealous of Alexander, fearing he was cheating on her. Udy testified after Alexander was killed, she met with Arias in Utah and noticed she had cuts on her hands.
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The Post notes that during cross-examination by Arias’ lawyer Kirk Nurmi, Udy said the defendant was a gentle person and it was hard for her to comprehend Arias murdering Alexander.
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Arias, 32, is accused of murdering Alexander, 30, in 2008, by shooting him in the head with a gun police believe she stole from her grandmother, savagely slashing his throat, and stabbing him 27 times. After police recovered a camera memory card with images including Arias dragging Alexander’s lifeless body along the floor, she admitted to killing him, saying it was in self-defense.