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« on: January 02, 2013, 02:18:06 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/jodi-arias-murder-trial-woman-facing-death-penalty/story?id=18111715
Jodi Arias Murder Trial: Woman Facing Death Penalty Over Boyfriend's Murder
January 2, 2012

Prosecutors in Arizona will begin arguing today that 32-year-old Jodi Arias should die for the especially brutal murder of her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander, who was found dead in his shower over four years ago.

Investigators say Arias stabbed Alexander 27 times, slit his throat and shot him in the head at his Mesa, Ariz., home in June of 2008. Arias, who has been locked up since her arrest, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

"I didn't hurt Travis. I would never hurt Travis," Arias said in a jailhouse interview after she was arrested in July 2008. "I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime."

Arias and Alexander met at a work conference six years ago. Arias says they fell in love, traveled the country together, and to strengthen her ties to the devout Mormon, she even converted to his religion. But Alexander's friends say after dating a few months he tried to break it off.
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Alexander's family and friends say Arias was stalking him in the months before the murder -- something she denies.
At first she also denied being at his house in the night of the murder. Then police found a camera in Alexander's washing machine containing pictures of the two having sex that day. There were also pictures of Alexander after he was killed.

Faced with that evidence, Arias then told the television show "Inside Edition" that she was there, but didn't kill Alexander.

"I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals," she said on "Inside Edition." "Who were they? I don't know. I couldn't pick them up in a police lineup."

Now the accused killer is admitting to the court that she did kill Alexander, but that it was in self-defense. She claims he was sexually and physically abusive throughout their relationship.
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2013, 02:22:31 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/jodi-arias-timeline_n_2387245.html
Jodi Arias Timeline: Key Dates In Case Of California Woman Accused Of Stabbing Ex-Boyfriend 27 Times
December 31, 2012

The trial of Jodi Ann Arias, set to begin Jan. 2, is expected to be the biggest court proceeding to take place since Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her child.

The 32-year-old photographer is accused of shooting her lover, Travis Alexander, in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat from ear to ear in the shower of his Mesa, Ariz., apartment.

The case, which has been more than four years in the making, has routinely captured headlines around the world, especially after details of it became public.

CASE TIMELINE
September 2006 – Travis Alexander met Jodi Arias at a conference in Las Vegas. At the time, Alexander was a 30-year-old motivational speaker and legal-insurance salesman. Arias, then 28, was living in Yreka, Calif. and was trying to make it as a saleswoman and an independent photographer. The two had an instant connection and spoke on the phone every day. Court records indicate that the couple exchanged 82,000 e-mails.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013, 02:25:08 PM »

https://www.facebook.com/Justice4Travis
The State vs Jodi Arias ~ Travis Alexander murder trial
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 07:39:07 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57561666-504083/jodi-arias-trial-begins-in-macabre-08-murder-of-boyfriend-travis-alexander/
Jodi Arias trial begins in macabre '08 murder of boyfriend Travis Alexander
January 2, 2012

(CBS/AP) PHOENIX - The trial of Jodi Arias, an aspiring Arizona photographer charged in the shooting and stabbing death of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
On June 4, 2008, Alexander was found dead in a shower in his Mesa home. He had been shot in the face, his throat was slit from ear to ea, and he'd been stabbed 27 times.

Arias originally told police two people had broken into the house, murdering Alexander and attacking her, but she later changed her story to claim she killed Alexander in self-defense. Prosecutors argue the actions were those of a jealous woman who brutally attacked the 30-year-old Alexander after he tried to end their relationship.

Police said they found potentially damning evidence during their investigation, according to CBS affiliate KPHO. A camera was found in a washing machine, an obvious attempt to erase images of the pair, they said. There were also time-stamped photos allegedly showing Alexander's lifeless body just seconds after risque images showing the two naked together in his home.
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prosecutor says after killing #TravisAlexander #JodiArias met another man... got romantically intimate but HE did not want to go all the way
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1301/02/ijvm.01.html
JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

Opening Statements in Jodi Arias Trial

Aired January 2, 2013 - 19:00   ET


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: A stunning start to the Jodi Arias trial. So many secrets spill out during opening statements. And tonight, we`re showing you these never-before-seen pictures shown to jurors as they hear two wildly different versions of the night Travis Alexander was brutally murdered and what caused Jodi Arias to kill him.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, opening statements in the trial of Jodi Arias. The beautiful photographer is accused of stabbing her boyfriend 29 times and slitting his throat ear to ear after an afternoon of sex that was caught on camera.

Did she also accidentally take photos of the murder itself? What secrets does this camera hold? And did Jodi Arias build a brazen web of lies to throw police off her trail?

We`ve got reporters and producers inside the courtroom as well as one of victim Travis Alexander`s close friends joining me live tonight.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you -- I have to ask you this, did you kill Travis Alexander?

JODI ARIAS, ON TRIAL FOR MURDER: Absolutely not. No, I had no part in it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You see her manipulating him, trying to drag him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jodi Arias goes on trial today in Arizona for killing her ex-boyfriend.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Travis had been shot in the face and stabbed. His throat was slit from ear to ear.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (via phone): Hi, what`s going on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (via phone): He`s -- he`s dead.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She says the killing was in self-defense.

ARIAS: There was a point in time where we were in love, but it was short-lived.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (via phone): Has he been threatened by anyone recently?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (via phone): Yes, he has. He has this sick ex- girlfriend that`s been bothering him. Her name is Jodi.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, secrets, sex, and a murder literally caught on camera, all exposed in open court on the very first day of the Jodi Arias trial.

The beautiful 32-year-old sobbed as the prosecutor accused her of stabbing her ex-boyfriend 29 times, slitting Travis Alexander`s throat from ear to ear and shooting him in the face. Will accidental photos of the killing itself be the smoking gun?

Good evening. I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live tonight.

Jodi Arias drove the 1,000 miles from her home in Yreka, California, to Travis` House in Mesa, Arizona, where the couple spent the afternoon having sex and taking naked photos of each other. The prosecution says the same camera that took those explicit photos later caught images of Travis` murder. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JUAN MARTINEZ, PROSECUTOR: And you do see the killer in this one. You see this individual here. You see her foot. Not only do you see her foot, but you see Mr. Alexander`s head. You see his arm; you see him bleeding profusely. You see the area of the sink down here. And you know what else you see? You see her manipulating him, trying to drag him or move him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: The prosecution laid out the crime for the jury in dramatic detail, portraying Jodi as a heartless killer of a good and honest man. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARTINEZ: She rewarded that love from Travis Caphor (ph) Alexander by sticking a knife in his chest. And you know he was a good man, according to her. And with regard to being a good man, well, she slit his throat as a reward for being a good man. And in terms of these blessings, well, she knocked the blessings out of him by putting a bullet in his head.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But the defense gave an entirely different story, claiming Travis lived a double life, acting like a virginal Mormon while privately engaging in steamy, kinky sex with Jodi, who the defense called Travis` dirty little secret.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JENNIFER WILLMOTT, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander. There is no question about it. The million-dollar question is what would have forced her to do it?

But in reality, Jodi was Travis` dirty little secret. From the moment, despite projecting himself as a good and virginal Mormon man, someone who was a temple member. From the moment he met Jodi, he was pushy and pushing her to have a sexual relationship with him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jodi cries during the whole thing. Will this blame- and-smear-the-victim strategy backfire? What do you think? Call me: 1- 877-JVM-SAYS. That`s 1-877-586-7297.

Straight out to our senior producer, Selin Darkalstanian, who was inside the courtroom during these astounding opening statements. Selin, take us inside. Who was there? Tell us about some of the photos we didn`t see, which were very graphic. Describe what you can and what was the reaction.

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN, HLN PRODUCER: It was a very, very dramatic day in the courtroom because all of Travis Alexander`s family was there present; his three sisters, brother, and a lot of other relatives were there. And they were reliving this nightmare of losing their brother.

So first they started off describing how not only was he stabbed 29 times and his throat was slit from ear to ear. But then, as if that wasn`t enough and he was struggling for his life, he was also shot in the head. And you could tell his sisters were all visibly very upset. They were crying. They had their head down in their laps. They were sobbing out loud in court.

At one point, a few jurors looked at them because they were crying and they were so upset at all these details that were coming out.

And then they started showing some of the photos which, again, was very, very upsetting to the family. They were very, very upset. At one point his sister, Tanisha, put her head in her husband`s chest and just was crying and she was shaking her head no as they were painting her brother as a guy who was abusing his girlfriend, who lost his temper, who hit Jodi Arias, who was -- you know, as they were painting that picture, she was just shaking her head no and crying. So it was a very, very dramatic day in the courtroom.

You have to understand, these people have lost a family member. And now they`re seeing very, very graphic, graphic photos of their brother in the shower, hunched over with stab wounds. There`s blood. I mean, these are some very graphic photos that the family had to see today in court.


   VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. Do you see here Jodi Arias turn on the waterworks, crying, sobbing through the opening statements, through the first witness, second witness? And we`re going to talk about whether this is a performance for the jurors or not.

The defense, very astounding opening statement, telling the jury that Travis, while pretending to the world that he was a virgin as part of his Mormon faith, allegedly -- remember, he`s not here to defend himself -- allegedly manipulated Jodi into having sex with him.

We`ve got to warn you: the way the defense attorney in her opening statement describes Jodi and Travis`s alleged interactions, it`s very graphic and very sexually explicit. But this is what happened in open court today. So listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WILLMOTT: As Travis would explain to Jodi, oral sex really isn`t as much of a sin for him as vaginal sex. And so he was able to convince her to give him oral sex. And later in their relationship, Travis would tell her that anal sex really isn`t much of a sin compared to vaginal sex. And so he was able to persuade her to allow him to have anal sex with her.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And again, supporters of Travis Alexander, the victim, who is not here to defend himself, visibly outraged and upset by this defense strategy of trying to paint the victim, Travis Alexander, as some type of sexual abuser. They cried and shook their heads.

Beth Karas, correspondent "In Session," you were there. You were in the courtroom. First of all, what does this sexual activity have to do with the murder trial? As she`s claiming justifiable self-defense, but so what? If he wants to have sex with her even if it`s true, this way or that way, what does it have to do with her stabbing him 29 times and shooting him in the face?

BETH KARAS, TRUTV`S "IN SESSION": Well, they engaged in sexual activity that afternoon just hours before the killing. The defense doesn`t tend to put on an expert in domestic violence, who will presumably talk about Jodi Arias, the victim, who was constantly berated by Travis Alexander, says the defense.

She was his dirty little secret. He led a double life. That is -- that`s a fact, OK. That`s not in dispute. He did portray himself as an upstanding member of the Mormon faith who was not engaging in premarital sex. It is a fact that he had quite a sexual relationship. He did lead a double life. So -- at least with Jodi Arias. And he, you know, made her feel like that -- what she was basically, you know, somebody to have sex with.

So it`s very relevant to establish her state of mind and how he went into a rage when she dropped his new camera. And that`s when she stepped on it, they say, and it took the photo of the ceiling. And then there were a few more accidental photos of him in the course of the killing. That`s according to the state.


So it`s to explain the relationship, who he was, and her state of mind at the time.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Now, less than 30 minutes into opening statements, Jodi Arias turns on the waterworks and starts crying as the prosecution describes in vivid detail this very, very bloody murder. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARTINEZ: When he ended up there, that`s when his throat was slit. And he was still alive.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. She continues to sob through the opening statements, through witness testimony. It was virtually nonstop sobbing.

So I want to go to Shanna Hogan, journalist and true-crime author, because you`ve studied this woman. You`re writing a book on her. Could this be effective, causing jurors to feel sorry for her? Could it backfire? And perhaps what jurors don`t know is she has a history of very flamboyant behavior, engaging in a singing contest behind bars, doing various interviews, putting on make-up, that kind of thing. Could this be perceived as acting or for real -- Shanna.

SHANNA HOGAN, JOURNALIST/TRUE-CRIME AUTHOR (via phone): It is really tough. Because I actually think that a lot of the defense strategy was to point her out as such a beautiful, young, demure young woman.

They talked about how articulate she was. They talked about how she`s a talented photographer. They showed glamorous photos of her. And I thought that that was a little manipulative.

But I do in the end, once they point the -- paint the picture of who the victim was, I think it will backfire against her, because she wasn`t innocent in this. And it`s pretty clear that, you know, whatever their sexual relationship was, that doesn`t justify stabbing someone 29 times, taking their life.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, exactly. I mean, if you are justified in killing somebody because they manipulate you sexually, as opposed to rape. That`s a totally different thing. But if you engage in a consensual relationship as an adult woman with somebody who is treating you badly, even if that`s true, is that a legal justification for killing them? I would think not.

More on the other side. We`re just getting started. We`re taking your calls.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Yes, as much as Travis and I told ourselves and everyone that we were just friends, our behavior was not as clandestine as we tried to make it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Towards the end of their relationship after they`d kind of broken up and he had put some distance between them, it really was an obsession type of a thing. And the way he described it is that she was really stalking him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: The defense has painted Travis Alexander, the victim in this case, as a person who was living a secret double life. This was an extraordinary opening statement by the defense, essentially trying to blame the victim. And we`ve got to warn you: some of the defense claims you`re about to hear are very sexually graphic, but this is what happened in open court just a couple of hours ago.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WILLMOTT: While he was supposed to be this virginal Mormon man who didn`t want to have any type of relationship with Jodi and she just wouldn`t leave him alone, in this phone call, he talks about his fantasies. His fantasies with Jodi of tying her to a tree and putting it -- forgive me -- in her (EXPLETIVE DELETED) all the way. That`s Travis.

And then, when Jodi pretends to climax during this phone call, Travis tells her that she sounds like a 12-year-old girl who was having an orgasm for the first time. And then he tells her, "It`s so hot."

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And we certainly don`t really know what happened. Because, again, the victim is not here to defend himself. The defense attorney claimed that that is all on an audiotape that is going to be played for the jury.

But I want to bring in a good friend of the victim, Travis Alexander. Taylor Searle, I want to ask you for joining us tonight from Phoenix, Arizona, where this trial is occurring, in that very area.

You know, even if he was having premarital sex behind closed doors, there is a huge difference between doing something illegal and doing something that may be against the confines of your religion. What is your reaction to this blame-and-smear-the-victim strategy by the defense?

TAYLOR SEARLE, FRIEND OF VICTIM: I think it`s the only defense that they can have. Somehow saying Travis had this coming to him because the things that he preached to his friends and the things that he tried to inspire others to become was somehow a facade, and he was really some sex- crazed maniac. And it was Jodi`s duty to rid the world of him. I don`t know how there`s any other defense besides that, even though that`s ridiculous.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: You knew Travis Alexander well. Was he the kind of guy who led a double life? Essentially, that`s what they`re accusing him of. And I want to give you an opportunity, as a friend of his, to set the record straight, given that he cannot speak for himself anymore.

SEARLE: I think calling it a double life is a little simplistic. I would say that he had ideals he wanted to live up to, and he had standards that he truly believed in. And he was a natural man with natural tendencies.

And the fact that he had these relationships with women doesn`t mean that he was lying when he said what his ideals were. He had no reason behind closed doors and in the confidence of his friends to lie about what he believed in. I mean, there`s no reason that I would call it a double life, because he has ideals and because he struggles in trying to uphold them.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Of course. Who doesn`t? Who lives the perfect life? Who lives up to their own ideals? I certainly don`t. I don`t know really anybody who does. We are all conflicted.

Now, what I want to ask you, Taylor, is that the defense tried to also diffuse this notion that she was stalking him, essentially arguing that, while he was telling his friends, "Oh, she`s stalking me," he was privately continuing a relationship with her where he was sort of the aggressor. Your thoughts on that?

SEARLE: My thoughts are, if that was the case -- let`s take their word for it on that. Is that the reason she drove from California and took a knife and a gun upstairs and shot and stabbed him?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Right. I`m just presenting what the defense is saying. I`m certainly not arguing the defense. I`m actually trying to give you the opportunity.

SEARLE: Yes, of course.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And I want to bring in Jordan Rose. You`re an attorney also located in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.

Listen, she`s arguing self-defense. What is the criteria for self- defense? Because as we mentioned before, if every woman or any individual who`s had a bad sexual relationship with somebody feels that that`s a justification for slitting their throat, we`d have a lot -- even more violence in this country than we already do.

What criteria do they have to meet? And did the defense attorney kind of drop the ball by kind of being very general? I mean, the defense attorney never specifically stated why she would purportedly need to stab him 29 times and then shoot him in the face.

JORDAN ROSE, ATTORNEY (via phone): Yes, right. You know, in Arizona, in order to prove self-defense, she has to prove that she was in imminent threat of danger and that she used the same level of force as he used to defend herself from him.

And stabbing him 29 times before she then shot him, it`s insane to believe that the defense did any favors to their client in proving self- defense, which is what they have to do in order -- in order for her to somehow get off of this charge.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, what struck me was that the defense opening statement was very vague in general. It talked a lot about sex, but very little about the actual crime when they are having whatever tumult occurred as he was being murdered. And so the defense kind of just ends right before the crimes begins and says it was her or him, leave it at that.

So they didn`t even get into the details of the 29 stab wounds and the gunshot to the face, the slitting the throat ear to ear. How can you justify that?

On the other side, we`re taking your calls.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who?

ARIAS: I don`t know who they were. I couldn`t pick them out in a police lineup.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So what happened?

ARIAS: They came into his home and attacked us both.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARTINEZ: As he sat there, she took the knife and began to stab him when he was in that defenseless sitting position and began -- stuck the knife in his chest. He struggled. The slitting ear to ear took place. And by the time she was dragging him down, pulling him down towards this area right here, he didn`t need that shot to the head. But, she had a gun somewhere. She put that bullet right in his temple.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That was a prosecutor laying out this very, very violent killing of motivational speaker and insurance salesman Travis Alexander by his ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias, who has admitted, finally, admitted that she killed him. We`re going to get to her other wild stories she told first in a moment.

But first out to the phone lines. Greg, California, your question or thought -- Greg.

CALLER: Hi, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hey.

CALLER: Happy new year, and I just want to say thank you for taking my call and God bless you. I hope your show has better ratings than last year.

Just want to know, when she was in jail, Jane, did she have a lawyer? Because all these interviews -- I`ve seen three different shows she had interviews in pinstripes and doing interviews on TV shows. Was she represented by a lawyer? Or is she just that crazy? Because all her stories are different. She already hung herself. I just want to know.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, yes, and thank you for that. And happy new year to you, as well.

Beth Karas, Jodi has told three wildly different stories. As more evidence mounted, she would change her story. Give us the 411 on that.

KARAS: Well, first of all, to answer the question, she did have lawyers. But because he was incarcerated, she was agreeing to do interviews, and I don`t know that her lawyers knew about these interviews.

She has a new set of lawyers now. She`s not giving any interviews. I had one scheduled with her. She said yes. I flew out here with a crew. And her lawyers found out about it just before I did the interview, and they showed up and put a stop to it. So she was represented, but she was able to do it, perhaps, without her lawyers` knowledge, at least the early set of lawyers.

And regarding her stories, initially, she absolutely denied it. That was July 15, 2008, the day she was arrested. And then she said she hadn`t seen him for four months. And then she thought about it overnight, because the police knew -- they had evidence by then, right? I mean, they found him June 9, and they talked to her July 15th and arrested her. They had their probable cause. They had blood evidence. They had fingerprint evidence. They had stuff by then. They had the camera, the deleted photos they restored. They saw she was with him just hours before the killing.

So then overnight she says, "Well, actually, I change my story. I was there, but it was two intruders who came in, and I was threatened that if I said what happened to him, they would come after me. They saw my license on -- they saw my address on my license. So I left and I didn`t tell anyone." And only more recently did she say it was self-defense.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And now we`re hearing the nitty-gritty details of her self-defense strategy, which is a blame-the-victim strategy. More on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARTINEZ: Now, it`s not that she wasn`t there. Now, it`s not that it`s two people, whatever variation she may have provided to these national shows. Now, she admits it was her. She is the person who actually did this.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander. There is no question about it. The million dollar question is what would have forced her to do it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You mark her words, her words that no jury will convict her even though she has admitted that she`s the person that did this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In just those two minutes, Jodi had to make a choice. She would either live or she would die.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There were three ways that he was killed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi did not always tell the truth about what happened that night.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And she says, you know, it really wasn`t me.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In reality, Jodi was Travis` dirty little secret.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: The defendant, the 32-year-old defendant in this high-profile case, Jodi Arias sobbing as you can see during opening statements -- this, the first day of this very, very high-profile case.


And the family of the victim being Travis Alexander who is not here to speak for himself; there, the family sobbing and crying, filled, though, with anger over the defense`s strategy of blaming this man who is not here to say what really happened, essentially arguing that he sexually and psychologically and emotionally manipulated Jodi Arias who has now admitted yes she did kill him. Stabbing him 29 times, slitting his throat and shooting him in the face; she`s claiming it was self-defense.

Now, it would seem to be one of the first cases. This could be a history from a criminal justice perspective where the murder is caught on camera, not on a surveillance camera, but on camera inside a private home. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And this is, if you will, a photograph of movement. The photograph is a picture of the lights above the shower, and it`s nothing more than movement. That`s when the attack is happening. You see this individual here, you see her foot. Not only do you see her foot, but you see Mr. Alexander`s hands, you see his arm, you see him bleeding profusely. And you know what else you see? You see her manipulating him, trying to drag him or move him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Prosecutors called the photos of the actual killing accidental. Saying the killer did not want the pictures to be taken, but they were taken accidentally when she dropped the camera, when she stepped on the camera. And prosecutors said, you just heard him, you could see Jodi in some of those photos and a bleeding victim, Travis Alexander.

Shanna Hogan, journalist, true crime author; you`ve been in the courtroom, you`re writing a book about this case. Is this some kind of first? Could cops get any better proof than seeing the two of them on camera and he`s bleeding to death?

SHANNA HOGAN, JOURNALIST/TRUE CRIME AUTHOR: No, this kind of proof is like unprecedented. I mean to have -- to be able to narrow down a time of death to the second is just unbelievable in a crime case. And so this is really, I think it could be a first for sure.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, absolutely.

Let`s go out to the phone lines. I believe we have Christine, North Carolina, Christine, your question or thought.

CHRISTINE, NORTH CAROLINA (via telephone): Hey, Jane, I just want to tell you I love you and your show and your mother.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Thank you.


CHRISTINE: And I just want to let you know, I`m having a real problem with her tears, first of all. I don`t buy it. Because I`ve seen too much of her being, you know, out there in public and smiling and, you know, she`s been laughing through the whole thing.

And now bad-mouthing this man is wrong because he`s not there to defend himself. If she was involved in this sexual activity, then she took part. If she didn`t like it, she could`ve got out.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. And --

CHRISTINE: You know, I was raped by multiple men, I didn`t go out killing people. I didn`t get justice for anything, but, you know, I didn`t go out killing people and murdering because of this kind of stuff. This isn`t self-defense to me. It`s overkill.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, first of all, I want to say thank you for sharing your story, Christine, North Carolina, and I`m so sorry that you went through that. But kudos for having your evolved attitude toward what trauma you experienced.

Jordan Rose, attorney, you`re out of Phoenix, Arizona. I think everybody keeps honing on the fact you could say what you want about the victim`s sex life and his sex life might not have been perfect according to his religious traditions, but who cares? Why is that relevant to this criminal case?

JORDAN ROSE, ATTORNEY (via telephone): Right, it`s just not. Her staged waterworks, she`s a bad actress. She looks like -- her mug shots look like submissions for "America`s Next Top Model", and you know, Miss -- smug shots. They have testimony about her climbing through the doggy door, hacking bank accounts, attending the funeral of the person that you just killed.

Maybe if she spent as much time with her psychiatrist as her hairdresser or her stylist, things would`ve worked out better for her and her victim.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I think the biggest problem that Jodi Arias faces aside from the fact that, according to prosecutors, the murder is actually caught on tape and she`s in the photos, Jodi has lied repeatedly. She`s told three wildly different stories as we`ve been discussing of what happened the day Travis died. Changing her story every time cops confronted her with more evidence -- listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you -- I have to ask you this, did you kill Travis Alexander?

JODI ARIAS, ON TRIAL FOR MURDER OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: Absolutely not. No, I had no part in it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So you had nothing to do with Travis Alexander`s death?

ARIAS: Nothing to do with it.

I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who?

ARIAS: I don`t know who they were.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi Arias changed her story yet again. She acted in self-defense.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi, were you ever afraid of Travis?

ARIAS: I`ll pass on that question.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And my understanding is that those three stories will be allowed in. In other words, jurors will hear that she lied and changed her story. And they even played some of the tape of her changing her story at the prosecution opening statement.

Shanna Hogan -- again, journalist/true crime author -- you`re writing a book on this case. I hear that you were actually contacted by the defendant Jodi Arias. Tell us about that.

HOGAN: Well, I received a contact from her through a prison pen pal that seems to be taken about her and started writing her. And she asked to have my first book. And that was sent to prison. And she had sent him a message that I was sitting on the wrong side of the courtroom if I ever wanted to interview her because I was sitting behind the prosecution at one point. I actually haven`t talked to her just like everyone else in the media. I`ve tried to talk to her and she shut me down.

The only people who talk to her talked to her in 2008 and 2009 before her attorneys got to her and said, you know what; if you ever want to get off on this, you need to stop talking. So that`s what she did.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, she communicated with you in essence. And my understanding is she said you want to get my side of the story, you want to do an interview with me, you better sit on my side. Was that the words that -- that was essence of the communication?

HOGAN: Yes, I guess. I mean the journalists just usually sit whatever side`s open and a lot of times you sit behind the prosecution, but she seemed to want some sort of support on her side. And today, the first three rows of Travis` side were full of his friends and family; her side she had maybe two or three people and the rest of it was just the public and media. So I think she wants support. It`s important to her to seem to want to be supported and some people to be on her side literally and physically.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: It`s interesting. At one point she wanted to defend herself. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. And it seems that her little knowledge is giving her ideas that may actually ultimately backfire.

On the other side of the break, why her defense attorney says a T- shirt with the victim`s name on it is some kind of kinky sex game. We`ll get to it in a second.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Travis` temper flared and he took the CD and threw it up against the wall in the den. Jodi went immediately into protective mode. Protective mode means that she`s trying to calm him down, trying to do something to avoid his temper, telling him that "It`s ok, I`ll fix it. Don`t worry about it."

And as she was telling him, she knew that the one thing that calms his temper the quickest is sex. So as she`s telling him "it`s ok, I`ll fix it, don`t worry," Travis grabbed her and spun her around. Afraid that he was going to hurt her, Jodi was actually relief relieved when all he did was bend her over the desk.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Extraordinary, opening statements today. And both the prosecution and the defense spent a lot of time talking about sex. We`re going to tell you exactly what they said on the other side of the break. And why it may have been a prosecution strategy to try to get the sex out of the way right from the start. You`ll see in a second.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

(JODI ARIAS SINGING)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jodi`s defense team seemed to be portraying Jodi in their opening statements today Jodi as a victim of Travis` psychological and emotional abuse, implying Travis demeaned her and turned her into a submissive sexual object. Listen to this from the defense opening statement.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Now, the best evidence of Travis` manipulation of Jodi is his insistence to others that Jodi stalked him. But it was always at his demand and his beckoning that Jodi spent time with him. In fact, at one point during their relationship, Travis even had a T-shirt made, a T-shirt made proclaiming his ownership of Jodi.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok. So there`s a T-shirt that Jodi Arias the defendant is wearing with the victim`s name on it -- "Travis Alexander". I want to go to Taylor Searle, close friend of the victim, Travis Alexander, on this. They`re taking this photo that could be completely innocent and they`re weaving and they`re creating a story that somehow this is a sign that Travis owned Jodi and that they had some kind of a sexually demeaning game that they were playing.

You know, how can you -- anybody could make that up -- there could be other explanations for why Travis Alexander had a T-shirt with his name on it.

TAYLOR SEARLE, FRIEND OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: Well, I mean -- if he was so good at manipulating, maybe that makes sense that she kept lying after he was gone. And she was so afraid of him even though he was dead that she had to keep lying -- I mean, it`s ridiculous. We make shirts all the time. He might have given ten of those shirts out. That was his personality, to be fun and any girl he saw just flirt with them.

And I see nothing -- I mean I read nothing into the fact that she had a T-shirt on for some picture.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jordan Rose, attorney out of phoenix, Arizona, it`s like me as a journalist taking a picture of a street with a bunch of lights off because it`s 3:00 in the morning and saying there was a blackout. And the lights were turned off because there`s no energy or electricity anywhere.

I mean you can take anything. And if you paint a picture around it, create a totally different conclusion and take something that might be totally innocent and make it seem sinister.

ROSE: Oh, sure. I think we saw the image of the day. And I don`t mean the photo of Ms. Smug Shot`s private parts, but rather that fairly powerful photo of her wearing the T-shirt. The image just speaks louder than any expert. And if the defense was going to put something on to suggest that Travis had some undue control of her every action and her every mental state, I still think, you know, putting the raunchy pictures out there was crazy. But I guess you get that out there, the horrific factor out there because seeing those depraved photos in the opening might explain things away.

And I guess they figured they had to come out, so let`s get the jury used to those awful photos by now by showing the worst of them day one. But that T-shirt -- yes, it could be explained so many different ways.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Lisa -- and she`s smiling, by the way. She`s smiling. She doesn`t look like she`s being traumatized there. She`s got a big smile on her face.

Lisa, Wisconsin, your question or thought, Lisa, Wisconsin.

LISA, WISCONSIN (via telephone): Actually, Jane, I was curious if she had been -- if Jodi was checked for like mental illness or any drug abuse; seeing as though her stories had changed so many times.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, excellent question. Shanna Hogan, You`ve been covering this case and the trial, obviously usually they do psychiatric evaluations before a case like this. What do you know?

HOGAN: From what I know, she had no history of mental disorders, no drug abuse. But I mean clearly she`s kind of crazy to have done what she`s done. But not in a way that defense -- is a defense of murder. You know, but she had a very normal background. There`s nothing in her history. She doesn`t have a criminal record.

She was with a guy before she was with Travis for four years. They owned a house together. You know, she had normal jobs and was able to carry on a normal life. That does not make her criminally crazy. But she does, you know, seem to be kind of crazy to do what she did.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: More on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Throughout this trial, you will learn more about Jodi Arias -- much more about Jodi. You will find that she is an articulate, bright young woman who is a very talented artist and photographer.

But most of all, what you`ll learn is that Jodi loved Travis. And so what would have forced her to have to take Travis` life on that awful day? In order to answer that question, we have to go back to the beginning. Back to before -- just before she and Travis first met.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: A fascinating aspect of this case -- about a week before Travis Alexander was killed Jodi Arias allegedly stages a break in at her house in California. And she tells the cops, oh, my grandfather`s gun was stolen. No gun was ever recovered in Travis` murder.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: And as much as Travis and I told ourselves and everyone that we were just friends, I think that our behavior was not as (inaudible) as we tried to make it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We know Jodi Arias likes to talk. Well, guess what, the day after Travis Alexander`s body was found, detectives get a call from -- guess who -- Jodi Arias herself saying she wants to help in the investigation. It`s unbelievable. Here is the prosecutor explaining what Jodi told the cops.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The other thing that she says is that, well, you may want to start looking. She gives him a lead. "You may want to start looking at one of his roommates, a guy by the last name of Brown, Thomas Brown. That`s who you really need to look at. Because you know, if you`re really looking for people that`s the person who you may want to look at because I wasn`t there."

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Talk about brazen. She has now admitted that, yes, she killed Travis Alexander claiming self-defense but she -- the day after his body is discovered she`s calling cops saying "Hey, look at the roommate. I think he did it." Wow. Does that show a sinister quality that could be an aggravating factor that could get her the death penalty? Jordan Rose, attorney out of Phoenix, what do you think?

ROSE: The state wants her dead. They want her to be the fourth woman on death row in Arizona. They need to show premeditation. They need to show an aggravating factor.

They showed in their opening, they talked about how she reported a gun stolen from her house a few weeks prior to the murder. She showed up at the house with a gun. She showed up with a knife. She cleans the linens, she had e-mails knowing about this trip to Mexico with another girl that apparently set her off, and she rented a car outside of her city.

She absolutely shows premeditation. There will be an aggravating circumstance here, and they`re going for it all. They`re going for the death penalty. And unless she testifies and charms the heck out of the jury -- and I don`t know how that is possible -- but that`s her only, only saving grace.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Shanna Hogan, you have covered her from the beginning, and she does have a reputation as a charmer. And even Travis` friends when interviewed said they were very suspicious of her but yet they would be charmed by her and invite her out again and again even though they were sort of repulsed by her.

HOGAN: She was quite charming. She has this way about her to kind of suck people in. Even the other boyfriend, Ryan Burns, that she started dating after. You know, he believed up until the end that she was innocent, up until the photos came out, you know, after she got arrested he was still defending her. So she does have some sort of spell over people. Let`s hope it`s not a spell that she has over the jury.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jamie, Utah, your question or thought? Jamie?

JAMIE, UTAH (via telephone): Hi. Being from Utah there`s obviously a huge LDS presence here and when I very first heard the story about Jodi and hearing that she converted to Mormon church fairly quickly, I very first thought that it`s possible that she felt manipulated and felt like there was turmoil and conflict inside. And I don`t want to say that she is justified in killing him because she is absolutely not.

But I can see maybe where it did cause some instability that, you know, she was an otherwise responsible person -- well-put together person prior to this relationship. And my reason for saying that is because here what I`ve experienced is that the, I guess, confines of the church and the rules and the guidelines that the people live by -- I`m not LDS, by the way -- that it causes so much turmoil and conflict in themselves that in relationships, dating, what I`ve gotten is the guy saying, I love you. You know, this is what I want. This is ok. You`re a good person, and then the next minute feeling regret. Making you feel like you are evil.

(CROSSTALK)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jamie, we have to break, but I just want to say, Jamie from Utah, you`re raising an important point. And we`re going to discuss the Mormon connection right after this quick break.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In just those two minutes Jodi had to make a choice. She would either live or she would die.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Such outstanding opening statements today. And I want to go back to our producer Selin Darkalstanian. This whole issue of Mormonism and why Jodi converted was a key in the opening statements. Tell us.

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN, HLN PRODUCER (via telephone): Well, you can tell by where the defense is going today`s first witness on the stand that they`re going to go very deep into Mormonism and the sins that Travis Alexander, you know, committed by having sex before marriage. And they kind of opened the door to it a little bit today but you can tell that they`re going to go down that path a lot more through the trial.

So we`re going to see what happens as the trial progresses. You can be sure that that`s going to be a huge emphasis for them.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Absolutely and essentially the defense is arguing she didn`t convert as much as they converted her.

We`re all over this case. It`s fascinating. We`re just getting started. Join us every night as we bring you the very latest as this trial progresses with witness after witness to justice.

Nancy next.

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NANCY GRACE

Jodi Arias Murder Trial Day One

Aired January 2, 2013 - 20:00   ET


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NANCY GRACE, HOST: Tonight, live, Mesa, Arizona. They meet at a conference in Vegas and fall hard for each other. But when the flame burns out and they break up, she moves 300 miles to pursue him, even converting to Mormonism to get her man.

Bombshell tonight. The dead body of 30-year-old Travis Alexander found slumped over on the shower floor in his five-bedroom luxury home, shot, stabbed 29 times and beaten to death, the violence so brutal it resembles a mob hit. But then photos on a digital camera emerge, naked photos of Travis Alexander, naked in the same shower where his dead body is found.

Also on that same camera, highly provocative nude photos of then 27-year- old Jodi Arias, the girl who had everything.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That attractive young woman singing Christmas carols behind bars could soon be on death row.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) blessings (ph) of him, but putting a bullet through his head.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander. There is no question about it. The million-dollar question is what would have forced her to do it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s blood here. And that`s Travis. He`s in the shower. He`s dead.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A friend of mine is standing in his bedroom. And he hadn`t heard from him for a while.

JODI ARIAS, CHARGED WITH MURDER: I really don`t remember the day at all.

911 OPERATOR: You think he`s dead?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His roommate just went in there and said there`s lots of blood.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She slit his throat as a reward for being (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you -- I have to ask you this. Did you kill Travis Alexander?

ARIAS: Absolutely not.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They even have Jodi`s palm print in his blood.

ARIAS: I witnessed Travis being attracted by two other individuals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jodi Arias changed her story yet again. She acted in self-defense.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi, were you ever afraid of Travis?

ARIAS: I`ll pass on that question.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In just those two minutes, Jodi had to make a choice. She would either live or she would die.

ARIAS: No jury is going to convict me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why not?

ARIAS: Because I`m innocent. And you can mark my words on that one. No jury will convict me.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: That`s from ABC`s "GMA" and "Inside Edition."

Good evening. I`m Nancy Grace. I want to thank you for being with us.

They meet at a conference in Vegas and fall for each other hard. But when the flame ultimately burns out and they break up, then she moves 300 miles to pursue him, even converting to Mormonism to get her man. The dead body of 30-year-old Travis Alexander found slumped on a shower floor, shot, stabbed 29 times, violence so brutal it resembles a mob hit. But then naked photos on a digi-cam emerge.

We are live there in Arizona and taking your calls. Straight out right now to Bonnie Druker from our team at the courthouse. Bonnie, first day of trial, what happened?

BONNIE DRUKER, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: Nancy, this was a dramatic scene. When the prosecution got up there, Travis Alexander`s family began to cry. Jodi Arias cried. Basically, the prosecution said this was so violent, and the defense is basically saying this was self-defense, Nancy.

GRACE: OK, I just heard you say Jodi Arias cried in front of the jury. Eh! Eh! Eh! Eh! Eh!

Beth Karas, has the jury seen the naked photos? And I`m not at all concerned about the photos being naked, I`m concerned about the timing of the digital camera photos. How was the jury reacting to the evidence laid out in the opening statement?

BETH KARAS, LEGAL CORRESPONDENT, "IN SESSION": OK. The jurors paid very close attention. I didn`t see anyone getting emotional. They`re allowed to take notes, and they did. They actually heard from two witnesses, also.

They`ve seen some of the photos. They`ve heard about all of them, but they`ll see more of them later. The defense actually introduced some pretty raunchy photos in opening statement of what Travis took of Jodi hours before she killed him. I mean, they were about as raunchy as they can get, naked photos. And they were trying to show that Travis was somebody who really...

GRACE: Hey, Beth, I`m showing...

KARAS: ... was using Jodi Arias for sex.

GRACE: I was showing shots right there -- Liz, I think you`re showing some of the shots from the shower. Look at the time stamp, 5:29. This is the day that he`s killed. Within four minutes after these shots are taken -- that looks like there`s just movement and the camera`s still taking pictures, like when your Blackberry is in your pocket and you`re moving and it`s taking pictures inside your pocket.

KARAS: OK...

GRACE: And then there are other photos, as well, taken of his dead body there in the shower. This is a graphic photo. I`m going to warn you before I show it to you next time. I didn`t realize it was coming up. That is Alexander dead in the shower of his five-bedroom home.

Out to you, Jean Casarez. Take it from the top. What happened?

JEAN CASAREZ, LEGAL CORRESPONDENT, "IN SESSION": Well, prosecutors are saying in this death penalty trial that Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander in three different ways. First of all, that she stabbed him in the heart when he was in the vulnerable defenseless position...

GRACE: Jean! Jean!

CASAREZ: ... of just taking a shower.

GRACE: Jean! I want you to go back to the beginning. I want the timeline from when they met.

And he`s a very handsome young guy, a motivational speaker, he`s in sales. They meet at some kind of conference in Vegas. There`s Arias as she was when he was dating her, when she was texting him, what, a couple hundred times a day, moves to Arizona to be with him, converts to Mormonism to convince him to marry her. That`s what she used to look like.

She has makeovers behind bars now, right, Jean? Take it from the beginning.

CASAREZ: The beginning would be 2007.

GRACE: Right.

CASAREZ: That was at that convention in Las Vegas. And then for about five months in 2008, they dated. That was over. But the minute it was over, she moved to Arizona to be closer to him.

GRACE: Well, wait. I want to clear up something you`re saying. I`ll let you clear your throat.

Christina Estes, anchor/reporter KTAR. Jean referred to it being over. They got together in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout (ph). Well, that flame burned out. He called it off. It was over. But it wasn`t over for her, was it, Christina?

CHRISTINA ESTES, KTAR: Well, not according to prosecutors. They say that Jodi didn`t want to end the relationship. The defense says otherwise and says that Travis is the one who wanted to continue seeing her.

GRACE: OK. Back to you, Jean Casarez. He broke it off, did he not?

CASAREZ: He broke it off, but that was after she had gone into his e-mails and found out that he was dating somebody else at the same time she thought that she was in an exclusive relationship. So in fact, I think she broke it off.

But then, according to what side you believe, you better believe that they kept in contact, e-mail, instant messaging, texting, and getting together for sex. And she did move to Mesa, Arizona, after that to be closer to him. But finally, it wore itself out and she moved from Mesa back to hometown in California where she lived with her grandparents.

GRACE: OK. What leads us up to the dead body in the shower?

CASAREZ: That in 2008, June of 2008, she, prosecutors say, broke into that house with the intent to commit a felony. In other words, she wasn`t invited by Travis Alexander. And she went -- came all the way from California. And it began -- and the pictures tell the story, that they apparently were engaged in sex and then it became something very different, premeditated murder, prosecutors say.

GRACE: Back out to you, Bonnie Druker. In court today, a lot was happening in the opening statements. As a matter of fact, isn`t it true the prosecution actually showed a clip of Arias? Normally, when people are charged with murder or they are a suspect or they`re even a person of interest, they lay low. But Jodi Arias was all over the media. She even went on, I believe it was "Inside Edition" -- play me that clip, Liz -- and said that no jury would ever convict her.

What about it, Bonnie? Did they play that in the opening statement?

DRUKER: Nancy, that was -- yes, I mean, that was definitely what came up. It was actually the last thing that the prosecutor played. And I can tell you it was very, very uncomfortable. I mean, Jodi Arias is sitting there, and you see her on this massive screen saying, No jury is going to ever convict me. Well, let`s see what happens now.

GRACE: We are taking your calls. Lisa, Wisconsin. Hi, Lisa. What`s your question?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, Nancy. Thanks for taking my call. It`s great to hear about the kids and your family. I was just wondering if this woman pursued to the point she actually stalked him, what would possess her to stab and shoot him? He was stabbed 27 times.

GRACE: Oh, Lisa in Wisconsin, guess what we found out? The body was in such decomposure, they actually missed two stab wounds. We now know it was 29 stab wounds. There were so many stab wounds, they couldn`t even make them all out.

Now, remember, he was stabbed 29 times, including a big slit from ear to ear. So when you see the photos which I`m not going to -- Liz, do not show the photos again without me warning the viewers first, OK?

One of the slits goes from ear to ear. That`s likely the cause of death. There`s a stab wound to the heart, ironically. Also, there is a bullet wound -- a bullet that goes from the top of the right eyebrow. And it seems to me, and I don`t know how the state`s going to argue this, Beth Karas -- it seems he was shot when he`s already there naked in the shower, down, because the bullet enters from the top above the right eyebrow and lodges downward -- the trajectory is downward -- in the left cheek.

So he`s shot, he`s stabbed, he`s beaten. What do they say about that, Beth?

KARAS: OK. It`s interesting. The prosecutor, Juan Martinez (ph), basically gave a chronology of the order of the wounds. This was really interesting because the scene itself told a story.

And he`s not killed -- he doesn`t die in the shower. He`s dragged into the shower and washed off. He`s shot in the head probably post-mortem, Nancy. You`re right that the slash to the throat, one of 29 knife wounds, was probably -- was the fatal one. The stabbing in the heart was first. And he fought back. He grabbed the knife. So some of those wounds of the 29 are defensive wounds. He grabbed the blade of the knife, so his hands are cut.

And so he`s stabbed in the heart. It would have eventually been fatal, not immediately fatal. He was fighting. She gets him -- he`s (INAUDIBLE) maybe he collapses. He`s is getting weak. She slits his throat, and at the end of the hallway that goes to the master bathroom, leading to the bedroom.

And then there`s evidence that she has now dragged him -- she`s dragging him into the shower and shoots him somewhere I think along the way. There`s no exit wound. And I don`t know where the shell casing was found. And she puts him in the shower, and he`s crammed in the shower almost like in a fetal position. His stomach is bloated from the decomposition and the fluids.

And his -- and his face is -- he`s crammed in a corner. And you can see the big wound on his neck. And it`s all dark red. But there`s not blood around him, the way you would expect it to be. She washed him off.

GRACE: To Dr. Bethany Marshall, psychoanalyst and author, she was referred to as his, quote, "dirty little secret." I don`t understand. Why was dating Jodi Arias a dirty little secret? What, she wouldn`t fit in with his church congregation?

BETHANY MARSHALL, PSYCHOANALYST: Oh, you know, the defense is just trying to blame the victim, paint him in a bad light, make him out to be almost like some sexual pervert or someone who is betraying his faith.

But the fact is, Nancy, she used sex to have power over him. I`m sure what happened, as any young man will do, he started dating other women, living a free life. She got stuck in rejection, seduced him continually in an attempt to have power over him and to reassure herself that she was desirable to him.

And the day or the night of the murder, just like "Basic Instinct," she had sex with him to put him into a powerless state, and then she went in for the kill.

GRACE: Well, Bethany, I know that you`ve got all your degrees and your Ph.D. and all that, but I don`t need a Ph.D. to tell me what happened, all right? She moves back 300 miles to try to get him back, all right? So she goes over there. They`re having all this crazy wild sex.

Let me just point out she went into the home with a gun with her. But then he tells her he absolutely is going to go on a trip to Cancun the next day with another woman. Uh-uh! She was not having any of that, all right? That`s when everything goes sideways.

Let`s take a listen to that SOT on "Inside Edition."

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I know that I`m innocent. God knows I`m innocent. Travis knows I`m innocent. No jury is going to convict me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why not?

ARIAS: Because I`m innocent. And you can mark my words on that one. No jury will convict me.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you -- I have to ask you this. Did you kill Travis Alexander?

ARIAS: Absolutely not. No, I had no part in it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So you had nothing to do with Travis Alexander`s death?

ARIAS: Nothing to do with it.

I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who?

ARIAS: I don`t know who they were.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi, were you ever afraid of Travis?

ARIAS: I`ll pass on that question.

No jury is going to convict me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why not?

ARIAS: Because I`m innocent. And you can mark my words on that one. No jury will convict me.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: And now she`s claiming self-defense. Now, another interesting thing is that she has taken to song behind bars. As a matter of fact, she won "American Idol Behind Bars," the behind bars "American Idol" contest.

What is it that she won, Matt Zarrell?

MATT ZARRELL, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER (via telephone): She won extra meals, apparently. She won extra food, a great turkey dinner, I believe.

GRACE: I understood that she won, like, a stocking of treats and a turkey dinner for herself and her cellmates.

Let`s take a listen to Jodi Arias behind bars.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: (SINGING) -- in sin and error pining `til he appeared and the soul felt his worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees...

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: OK, guys, please stop. I don`t know if that`s the one that won her "American Idol Behind Bars," but Arias has taken to song. Not only that, she`s had a complete makeover and taken to the media over and over and over to declare her innocence.

Unleash the lawyers, Eleanor Odom, death penalty-qualified, joining me, veteran prosecutor. Also with me out of Atlanta, Peter Odom.

The problem with that is, as we saw in opening statements, Peter, is that the Constitution doesn`t protect you when you want to gab to journalists.

PETER ODOM, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Right.

GRACE: In fact, the prosecution can just play it right in the opening statement!

PETER ODOM: They can. They can. I mean, and the -- but the prosecution here has a problem.

GRACE: Really? What?

PETER ODOM: They have three exculpatory statements, meaning three statements of her showing that she`s not guilty. They have to play them all and then argue that two of them have to be a lie, or they`re all a lie.

GRACE: But Eleanor -- Eleanor, the thing that Peter Odom is leaving out of that scenario is that all three exculpatory statements are different. One is, What? Who? What? And the other one is, OK, I was there, but a man and a woman completely -- you know, they`re disguised. I didn`t really see their face. They attacked him and they killed him, and I was afraid they`d come kill my family, so I ran. And then finally, it`s degenerated into self-defense.

Peter Odom left out that tiny detail, that all of these exculpatory statements -- they`re all different!

ELEANOR ODOM, PROSECUTOR: Right, and they`re all just a pack of lies, Nancy, because even if you took her last one as true -- let`s pretend that she killed him in self-defense. Why didn`t she say -- why didn`t she call police? Why didn`t she go, Oh, my God, this guy was trying to attack me. Had to protect myself.

She is going to go down for this, Nancy, because all of these statements are lies. She can`t just explain her way out of this one.

GRACE: And you know, I want to go to Dave Hall, who`s a very dear friend of Travis Alexander. Dave, when you just heard me laugh -- I`m not laughing at a murder. I am a tangential victim of murder. My fiance was murdered just before our wedding.

What is so amazing to me, almost laughable, is changing your stories to three widely divergent stories about the death of Travis Alexander and thinking that just because she`s beautiful that we`re going to buy into it. Like, we`re blinded by her beauty and her singing behind bars?

You saw Jodi Arias the day after Travis`s murder. What did you observe?

DAVE HALL, FRIEND OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: Well, about 12 hours after Travis was murdered, she was up here in Utah hanging out with me and my business partners, going to some business functions and out to eat with us. And one thing that stood out to me was it`s the middle of June, it`s almost 100 degrees, and she`s wearing a long-sleeved shirt. And this is not someone who was ever known to be modest in her attire, and you can see that from a lot of the provocative photos that she`s been seen with. So the long- sleeved shirt...

GRACE: Dave Hall, hold on. I`m curious. I`m curious. You said the day after, she went out to eat. And you know what strikes me wrong? Can I see Dave Hall, please? Because Dave, I recall when my fiance was murdered. I could not eat. I don`t know how long passed (ph). I lost down to about 89 pounds. I couldn`t eat. I couldn`t even stand the smell of food. It made me sick.

And I remember the first thing I put in my body after his murder. I drank a glass of orange juice. It had been so long since I ate or drank.

So the night after he`s stabbed 29 times, including a slit that goes from ear to ear across his neck, she`s out having dinner?


HALL: Yes. And looking back at that night, there was nothing in her demeanor that made us think, Wow, you`re acting weird today. The long- sleeved shirt, definitely, as we look back, that was a little bit weird, the new hair color, the fact that her license plate on her car was upside- down. All these things in retrospect definitely were clues.

But you know, just because someone shows up with a different color hair and long-sleeved shirt, you don`t question, Hey, who did you kill?

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) you obsessed with him?

ARIAS: I wouldn`t use obsession. I would say...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Her going into his cell phone, snooping.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A stab wound to the heart.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was there jealousy?

ARIAS: On my end, not so much jealousy. Maybe a sense of insecurity.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And she found things there that she didn`t like.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His throat was slit.

ARIAS: There was sort of a breach of trust in our relationship.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Her suspicions about his flirtations.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: His body was dragged to the shower, and he`s shot in the head along the way.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Travis` friends say after dating a few months he tried to break it off and told them this.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It`s hard to say no to a woman that sneaks into your house, crawls in your bed, and tries to, you know, seduce you.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: You are hearing part of that from ABC`s "GMA."

Welcome back, everybody. We are live in Mesa, Arizona, bringing you the latest in the case of Jodi Arias. A lovely -- on the outside anyway -- gorgeous young woman charged with murder one in the brutal death of her lover, found stabbed 29 times, shot, bludgeoned in the shower of his luxury home.

We are taking your calls but, first, to you, Matt Zarrell. I -- I get the whole meeting at the car out front, she moves 300 miles to be near him. She converts to Mormonism to try to get him to marry her. I wanted to focus in on now and hone in on the day of the murder. What happened?

ZARRELL: OK, Nancy, from what prosecutors have laid out in their -- in court today, and they laid it out based on a lot of photographic evidence because there are three sets of photographs that tell you the timeline of what happened that day.

At about 1:40 to 1:45 there are photos of nude -- a nude Travis Alexander and a nude Jodi Arias, among shots taken include Travis -- Travis Alexander naked on his bed. There`s a bottle of petroleum jelly in the shot that Arias actually introduced him to. There`s also additional shots of Arias on the bed, also in seductive poses. Then there`s the second set of photos of him in the shower, where you see now, or you see him naked in the shower --

GRACE: Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait, wait. Jodi Arias introduced him to who?

ZARRELL: The prosecutor said that Jodi Arias was the one who introduced him to this petroleum jelly that was seen in one of the photos of Travis Alexander naked in his home the day he was murdered.

GRACE: What, are you talking about a sex aid, Matt?

ZARRELL: Yes. The significance, Nancy, is that the defense is saying that Travis Alexander was the one manipulating Jodi Arias from the get-go. But obviously the prosecutors are trying to show that Jodi Arias had a lot of influence over Travis Alexander because of this -- one example would be this jelly that Arias introduced Alexander to.

GRACE: OK, go ahead.

ZARRELL: OK. So the second set of photos is around -- just before 5:30. These are photos of Travis posing in the shower. There`s water running down on him. Most of the photos are of the waist up. Now the pivotal photo is 5:30, it shows Travis sitting in the shower. And you see part of his back side. So 5:30 he`s alive.
Then we`ve got the third set of photos prosecutors call inadvertent photos. 44 seconds after the photo of him alive in the shower, you see the photo of the ceiling light. That is when prosecutors say -- that photo you`re seeing right there, that is when prosecutors say the attack is taking place. There`s then another photo about a minute later that shows Travis` head and arm, and you see him bleeding profusely.

So within two minutes of him being alive in the shower to the photo taken at 5:32 in 16 seconds he is already bloody and near the sink. Then there is an additional photo at 5:33, 32 seconds, which prosecutors say is Arias actually dragging Travis Alexander into the shower. You can see Travis` shoulder and you can see the trim of the hallway.

GRACE: OK. From what I understand, Matt, as laid out in the prosecution`s statement, and -- Beth, let me go to you on this. She comes over in the wee morning hours, 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. that night, and he is up on his computer, right?

KARAS: Yes. And she --

GRACE: So then --

(CROSSTALK)

KARAS: According to the defense -- yes, she`s too tired to have sex. They have sex later in the day.

GRACE: So, Matt, how -- she gets over there at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m.

ZARRELL: Yes.

GRACE: Why?

ZARRELL: OK. Well, we - the defense hasn`t laid out exactly why, but let me take you through what happened because she arrives at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. Travis is on the computer. We know that from computer records. He`s actually looking at some YouTube videos. They go to sleep until about 1:00 p.m. When they wake up they begin to engage in sexual activity. Travis had gotten a new camera and wanted to take pictures with his new camera so Arias took some photos of Travis in these nude photos that we have seen.

Then later on in the day they`re in Travis` living room, they`re poring over pictures from all the trips that they`ve been on. There`s a problem on Travis` computer. He actually had a virus on his computer and he was angry and took the CD and threw it against the wall.

The defense says that Arias immediately went into what they quote, protective mode, and tried to calm Travis down and Arias allegedly knows that the quickest way to calm Travis Alexander down was sex. So Travis and Arias had sex right on the computer table.

GRACE: I want to go back to Travis` friend, Dave Hall. He actually saw and spent time with Jodi Arias the day off one of his best friends was brutally murdered.

Dave, when you`re hearing all of this scenario unfold, it sounds as if the defense is painting a -- a picture of someone completely different than the friend that you knew, Travis Alexander. It sounds like somebody completely different.

HALL: You`re right. It is someone completely different and, keep in mind, we only have Jodi`s side of the story at this point being brought forth. We don`t have Travis` side of the story, what really happened around the murder scene and stuff. You know, thankfully we do have some photos to corroborate some of the sexual activity, more importantly, to corroborate the murderer in this case.

GRACE: What was your impression of Jodi Arias when you first met her?

HALL: You know, when I first met her, she was an attractive girl and I was happy for Travis finding someone that he liked, but as I got to know her there was just something evil about her. And Travis knew very well that we went out with our wives to do stuff that don`t bring Jodi around because --

GRACE: Why?

HALL: -- none of his friends likes Jodi.

GRACE: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back it up. Back it up. Who didn`t like Jody?

HALL: None of Travis` friends liked Jodi.

GRACE: Why?

HALL: You know, there was just something really weird about her. And when she spent time with you, you even got more creeped out. And Travis brought her up to Utah and spent time at my house. So Travis and Jodi had spent time, in fact, spent an entire week at my house. And just the things that she did while she was at my house just creeped me and my wife out.

GRACE: Like what?

HALL: And so -- just the way she acted in our home, the way that she had this awkward silence about her. The way that she almost had no soul. You could almost see right through her. It`s not someone that you could sit down and have a conversation. She was very mysterious.

GRACE: You know, I find that so interesting, what you`re saying, Dave Hall, and I know it doesn`t mean anything in a court of law. I know that. But I am so intrigued with what you`re saying. It`s almost as if -- you know, we consider ourselves the top of the food chain, you know. But when you`re around somebody, you get an instinct. You get a feeling.

And I don`t know why we get those, what we call hunches, but all of his friends had the same feeling about her. I find that -- I find that very, very telling.

Out to the lines. Pat in Georgia. Hi, Pat. What`s your question?

PAT, CALLER FROM GEORGIA: Hi, Nancy. We grew up in about the same era, and I have never seen this kind of violence when I was growing up that you can do this and not live with your conscience. And she may be right. She may not be convicted considering Casey Anthony wasn`t.

GRACE: To Aaron Brehove, body language expert, you have been studying every video of her, every appearance she has made. What have you learned, Erin?

AARON BREHOVE, VOICE ANALYSIS AND BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT: Well, we see she`s a terrific liar. She -- there`s very little difference when she is telling a lie and when she is telling the truth. When she said she never had anything to do with his death, we see there`s -- there`s one small tell we see and we do -- we do see, though, she`s closing her eyes a little bit before she gives her answer. And she is holding back a little something. But she has very tells. She`s very calm and collected even when being very deceptive.

This is really unusual. And maybe why she thinks she can get away with it. Why she said -- no jury will ever convict her because she is such a good liar.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi arias killed Travis Alexander. There is no question about it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s dead. He`s in his bedroom.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: His neck had been slashed from ear to ear.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Stabbed 27 times.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The million-dollar question is what would have forced her to do it? Who do you think killed him?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have no idea.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi loved Travis.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I didn`t hurt Travis.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi had to make a choice. She would either live or she would die.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Relationship with her?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Violent?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pass on that question.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We think he`s dead. His roommates just went in there and said there`s lots of blood.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You didn`t stab him 27 times?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I`d never -- that`s heinous.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: That is Arias on "Inside Edition." Yet another of her media appearances. She is certainly not shy. I know that much about her.

Straight out to you, Dr. Bill Manion, medical examiner, joining me tonight out of Philadelphia.

Dr. Manion, of course, I`ve given it my own lay person analysis, but when you are bludgeoned, stabbed, and shot in the head, how do you determine the true cause of death? And why has the number changed in the last hours from 27 stab wounds to 29 stab wounds?

DR. BILL MANION, M.D., MEDICAL EXAMINER, BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ: Well, the body was partially decomposed, and that`s a very tedious autopsy when you have 27 stab wounds, 29 stab wounds, each wound you have to measure the length, the width. They did determine that the knife had one blunt edge and one sharp edge.

It`s probably something like a butcher knife because the deepest wound was about 5 1/2 inches long. The width of the blade was at least an inch, an inch and a quarter. So it was probably a butcher knife that was used.

The bullet track did not cause any injury to the brain, believe it or not. It penetrated the bottom of the skull but was not a fatal wound. So the gun shot to the head was not -- was not fatal. The fatal wound would have been the wound that struck the (INAUDIBLE) the large vein that goes right into the heart and, of course, the wound across the neck that that was quite forceful because it actually severed the airway.

It cut the airway right across and then cut the right internal jugular and right carotid artery.

GRACE: Right.

MANION: So I would suspect, if he was laying on his left side and she was right-handed that she could have -- switched that knife across his neck very forcefully. But to transect the airway that shows a lot of power, a lot of intent with --

GRACE: You know, another interesting thing, to you, Dr. Bethany Marshall, the fact that she allegedly bathed him after murdering him, that she dragged him, put him in the shower, and then got warm water and poured all over his body and cleaned him up. Then she took all the bed sheets off and washed them. That`s where they found the digital camera.

It was, I guess, in a pair of pants or in the bed sheets somehow that she put in the washer and they just took the SIM card out and retrieved everything on it. I mean the -- but the bathing the dead body with warm water. What is that?

MARSHALL: But wasn`t that the ultimate power and ownership? He belonged to her and nobody else, not even the law or anybody who was going to come across that crime scene, was going to determine or have any thoughts about it. It was all up to her. She owned him.

And as the victim`s friend who`s on the show tonight said, this woman was soulless and we know about sociopathy, it`s that sociopaths are profoundly detached, emotionless, callous. She only wanted one thing and that was to possess him. Other than that, she loved no one.

GRACE: Back to you, Harry Hauck, former NYPD, Hauck Consulting.

Harry, we were talking about bathing the body with warm water after all the stabbing, the profuse bleeding. And other things lead to a staged scene. Definitely a cleanup but a staging of the scene. What did you observe?

HARRY HAUCK, FORMER NYPD, HAUCK CONSULTING: Well, you know, I don`t know if there`s so much a staging of the scene because if it is, it`s -- you would tend to think if you`re going to stage a scene you want to make it look like it was a suicide or some other kind of accidental death.

But apparently here, what I`m finding very interesting, Nancy, what nobody is commenting about, is the fact that if the prosecution says that the first wound was to the chest, and that was a debilitating wound, then he never saw that coming. So she is using in her defense that they had some type of an argument and that she had to protect herself. It doesn`t look like that happened.

GRACE: Well, not only that, Jean Casarez, if it was self-defense, which is her third and latest story, why didn`t she text him a few days after the murder and say, hey, when are you going to deposit that check, Jean?

CASAREZ: Consciousness of guilt. That`s what prosecutors will say. But I think the chronology of all of this is critical, and I think one thing we`re forgetting, too, she is saying, I did all this. Self-defense. But yet there are 10 stab wounds in his back? And prosecutor`s theory after she shot him in the heart, he staggered to where the faucet was, in the sink in the bathroom and then she started stabbing him in the back.

That`s self-defense?

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A friend of ours is dead in his bedroom.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I saw him curled up in the -- he`s curled up in the shower.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The person that -- the person who committed this killing sits in court today.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The explanation for that will come out soon.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: We are taking your calls. Out to Tammy in Colorado. Hi, Tammy. What`s your question?

TAMMY, CALLER FROM COLORADO: Hi, Nancy. Love your show. You`re my hero, hon.

GRACE: Thank you. What`s your question, dear?

TAMMY: My question is clearly she`s a scorned woman. And as soon as she found out about the other gal, about going to Cancun, whatever vacation he had planned, that`s what put her over the edge. But my question is, she just made a comment in that little clip saying that they were attacked in his home. Well, obviously, if they would have been attacked so viciously, they would have told someone.

Like Travis would have told his best friends, his parents, somebody would know this information. So I`m just wondering if you guys investigated that at all.

GRACE: Out to you, Beth Karas. What do you know?

KARAS: Well, I mean, her second story of the three was that she was attacked in the home but that the attackers said the same thing will happen to her if she told the police and they had seen her address on her license. And that`s her explanation for not telling anyone. But of course in the face of even more and mounting forensic evidence pointing the finger at her being the one and the only one who did this, then she changed the story to self-defense.

And that`s -- that happened in the past year. So that`s what she`s asserting now. So there really doesn`t seem to be much credibility to the two intruders attacking --

GRACE: Yes. I mean, at this point Beth is right. Now we`ve got to deal with her most recent version, which was self-defense. All the other stories are out the window now except to show that her story has changed. The only story the prosecution is dealing with now is her story of self- defense.

To Bonnie Druker, our team member there at the courthouse. You have been sitting in the courtroom with many of Travis`s friends all during the day. What has been their reaction?

DRUKER: Nancy, a lot of tears from the family. A lot of shaking heads. And everyone stunned. They do not believe this was domestic violence, there is no way, there is no how that Travis Alexander attacked Jodi Arias.

Shaking a lot of heads, looking at me, giving me some eye signals, and everyone`s just amazed that the defense literally has the chutzpah to come out and say this.

GRACE: Well, what I find very telling, to Peter and Eleanor -- first to you, Peter Odom, you`re the defense attorney. How can it be self-defense when she stabs him 10 times in the back, Peter?

PETER ODOM: Well, she`s got -- I mean, she`s laid out this broad story that she`s going to have to support. What she`ll probably claim is that she had to make sure he was dead because she was in such danger and she might have gone overboard with the violence. I mean it`s a -- it`s a story that she`s going to have to tell, Nancy, because that`s how she`s laid it out.

GRACE: Eleanor, please.

ELEANOR ODOM: Well, Nancy, just think about what she said in that one interview to -- "Inside Edition," where she said whoever did this, whatever happened, it`s heinous. I would use those words that she used to -- right back at her and say what she did was heinous in describing and laying out all those stabbings.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

GRACE: We remember American hero, Army Sergeant 1st Class Glenn Whitten, 31, Mesa, Arizona, killed Afghanistan. Also served Iraq. Two Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, six Army Commendation medals. Loved war movies, music, the Chicago Bears, cat, being a father. Mother Amy, brother Jed, sisters Melinda and Julie. Daughter Arianna. Fiancee Megan.

Glen Whitten, American hero.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He had a grouping of wounds back here behind his neck, on his shoulders. He had some on his head.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hi, so what`s going on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These -- he`s dead. He`s in his bedroom in the shower.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. OK. How did this happen? Do you have any idea?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. We have no idea.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: OK, Liz, you`ve got to rack that up again. I`ve got -- you can, like, maybe soften that high note. But please re-rack that again.

We are taking your calls, everybody. We are live there in Mesa, Arizona, bringing you the latest in what appears to be one of the most brutal murders that has ever taken place in Mesa history.

Play that back for me, Liz, please.

I can totally see her committing a murder. Now, remember, this is in the "American Idol" competition behind bars. And she won. She is certainly not curled up in the fetal position pining for her lover. She`s going for the turkey dinner for her and her cellmates.

OK. Just want to hear this high note.

Here it comes.

OK. That`s enough.

Everybody, we`re going to be back in the courtroom bright and early tomorrow morning 0900, and we`re taking you there with us.

"DR. DREW" up next. I`ll see you tomorrow night. And until then, good night, friend.

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Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Claims Victim Was Sexual Deviant
January 3, 2013



Defense attorneys for Jodi Arias, the 32-year-old Arizona woman who has admitted to brutally murdering her former boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008, claim that she was abused and controlled by Alexander, who she says was a sexual deviant.

In a case that is already being compared to the dramatic 2010 murder trial of Casey Anthony, Arias is facing the death penalty if convicted in the capital murder case. She is accused of stabbing Alexander 27 times, slitting his throat and shooting him in the head as he showered in his Mesa, Ariz., home in 2008. A jury will have to decide if she is a cold-blooded murderer or was a victim of domestic violence, as she claims, who was forced to kill.
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Police found a camera in Alexander's washing machine. They say Arias was literally trying to wash away the evidence.

Found on the camera's memory card were pictures of their final sexual encounter, shots of Alexander in the shower -- seconds before he was killed -- and pictures that appeared to be taken accidently when the camera was dropped. One of the images shows Alexander's bloody body, and another shows Arias actually dragging his body across the ground
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In a series of jailhouse interviews since her 2008 arrest, Arias repeatedly changed her story. First she denied being at Alexander's house the night of the murder, but two weeks later, she told the TV show "Inside Edition" she was there.

"I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals," she said, "Who were they? I don't know."

Now she admits to killing Alexander, but says she had to after he attacked her when she dropped his new camera.
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http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/jodi-arias-trial-defense-claims-victim-sex-deviant-18130449
Jodi Arias Trial: Defense Claims Victim Was Sex Deviant
Dan Abrams and Nancy Grace discuss defense's claims and their effect on the murder trial.

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Yes, I believe she is a liar.  Hope this case ends differently than the CMA drama and injustice.
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http://blinkoncrime.com/2013/01/03/jodi-arias-prepares-to-die-or-rot-in-jail-for-the-murder-of-travis-alexander/
Jodi Arias Prepares To Die Or Rot In Jail For The Murder Of Travis Alexander
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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

Astonishing Testimony in Jodi Arias Trial

Aired January 3, 2013 - 19:00   ET


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: Tonight, jurors hear Jodi Arias spinning an intricate web of lies in a phone call with cops the day after Travis Alexander`s body was found. An astonishing testimony about sexually explicit e-mails. Do they point to a woman killing in self-defense or in a jealous rage?

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, an award-worthy performance from Jodi Arias as she phones the lead investigators in the Travis Alexander murder case right after his body`s found. Jodi spills secret after secret and tells lie after lie, even grilling the detective about what he found, pretending not to know anything, even though she now says she killed Travis in self-defense.

We`ve got full coverage tonight and an interview with one of Travis` close friends, who says he was no sexual deviant but was one of the most inspirational people he`s ever met.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I received a phone call from a fellow officer stating that the female by the name of Jodi Arias wanted to talk to me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (via phone): Talk to, what`s your relationship, kind of rocky, and a little -- got a little crazy at times, or...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She sounded dangerous. She had broke into his e-mail accounts and his bank accounts. She would sneak into his house through the doggy door.

JENNIFER WILLMOTT, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander. The million-dollar question is, what would have forced her to do it?

JODI ARIAS, ON TRIAL FOR MURDER: He would send me, um, really dirty e-mails.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why was he upset?

WILLMOTT: Travis left Jodi no other option but to defend herself.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, heart-wrenching photos of the crime scene and stunning secrets pouring out from the Jodi Arias murder trial as the jury hears Jodi spin a web of lies from her own lips.

Good evening. Jane Velez-Mitchell coming to you live.

The gorgeous 32-year-old is accused of stabbing her ex-boyfriend 29 times, slitting Travis Alexander`s throat from ear to ear, and shooting him in the face. Will Jodi`s brazen phone call to police, the very day after Travis` body was discovered, ruin her self-defense claims? Listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Well, I just wanted to offer you assistance. I was a really good friend of Travis`s, and I heard that he was -- that he passed away and that it was -- I don`t know -- I`ve heard all kinds of rumors. I heard there was a lot of blood.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jodi Arias drove 1,000 miles from her home in Yreka, California, to Travis` home in Mesa, Arizona, where the couple spent the afternoon having sex and taking naked photos.

And now the kinky sexual nature of their relationship is on full display in open court. Moments ago, the lead investigators revealed some sexually explicit and degrading messages that Travis sent Jodi during an argument. We have to warn you, the wording is very graphic, but this is what was said in open court.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing e-mails in which Mr. Alexander referred to Ms. Arias as a, quote, (EXPLETIVE DELETED) wonder?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hearsay. Objection.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a slut?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a whore?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But the prosecutor pointed out the only reason Travis wrote those words is because he felt that Jodi was degrading him sexually. Again, this is some graphic material.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With regard to that reference involving that particular comment, why was that comment made as indicated in that document?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: References to being used sexually by Ms. Arias.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What is it saying?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Specifically, let me read it from here: "I think I was little more than a (EXPLETIVE DELETED) with a heartbeat to you."

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: So will the jury believe the defense story that Jodi is an abuse victim who killed Travis in self-defense? Or will they think she`s a jealous woman lying to cops to cover her tracks?

What do you think? Call me: 1-877-JVM-SAYS; 1-877-586-7297.

Straight out to "In Session`s" Beth Karas. Beth, late this afternoon, the jury was shown a series of gruesome photos of the crime scene. We want to warn our viewers: we`re not showing you, by any mean, the worst of them, but giving you a sense of some of the photos. And in there, there`s the bathroom. You can see the victim, Travis Alexander, in some of these shots. His body, parts of it in the shower. Various blood stains. And we`ll show them to you. Again, these are just a tiny little sliver of some of the photos.

But, Beth, tell us about these photos and the significance to the state`s case.

BETH KARAS, TRUTV`S "IN SESSION": Well, Jane, these photos are gruesome indeed. Very bloody, and they tell a story. It is a story that Juan Martinez told yesterday in his opening statement and he will tell again, I assume, in closing arguments. Because it`s the pattern of the blood drips, blood spatter that -- and pooling of blood that probably explains the sequence of -- of the wounds as they were inflicted, and how hard Travis Alexander fought for his life.

We haven`t even seen the worst of them. That`s coming up next week, and that`s the big pool of a blood at the end of a hallway leading into the master bedroom where his throat is slashed, where she really finishes him off.

And even though we saw so much blood today, spatter and drips and pools of blood throughout the bathroom and various areas -- there`s a big bathroom. There was a toilet room, and then there`s a room where the double sink is. And then there`s the bathroom, and then there`s the shower where he was found. There`s a linen closet, where there`s a -- there`s a box. Looked like a box of, like, Xerox paper. And there`s -- there`s blood stain, like a couple of inches of it, because there was so much blood. It soaked up the box.

Anyway, it tells the story.

We see the shell casing from the one shot that was fired near the sink. According to the prosecutor, that`s the third wound that was -- was inflicted. Third major wound. The first one was the stab wound to the heart, where he starts fighting. He stands over the sink. It`s just full of blood, and there`s -- there`s spatter. He`s probably spitting up blood. He`s spitting. He`s dripping. There`s some swipes, like, maybe he did it or she`s cleaning up.

And then he -- staggered down the hallway. We haven`t seen those photos yet, because her palm print is in blood in the hall -- wall, and then his throat is slashed. He`s probably getting weak; he falls. She slashes his throat.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Unbelievable.

KARAS: Drags him back to the shower and shoots him in the head along the way.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Susan Constantine, jury consultant, do we have Susan?

SUSAN CONSTANTINE, JURY CONSULTANT: I`m here.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: OK. You`re a body language expert. These photos, I`ve got to tell you, they`re gruesome. We gasped as we were watching them and we`re showing -- we`re blurring. I mean, that`s his body right there. We`re blurring it. OK. We`re not being gruesome, but the jury is seeing all of it.
In opening statements, they saw very, very graphic photos of private parts of the defendant`s naked body. Need I say more? What impact is all of this going to have on the jurors?

CONSTANTINE: A tremendous impact. You know, imagine you know, seeing that yourself. Seeing those photos, and it becomes a visual imprint inside your brain that they were going to -- they`ll probably have to have counseling afterwards to get over this. This is not something you can just look at a picture, put it down. Like when we saw in Casey Anthony. We saw some photos, but not graphic bloody photos.

This is so catastrophic that it`s really going to hit to the core of their beingness that I think they`re going to have a tremendous time not only just getting over the pictures but emotionally being able to handle the stress of seeing such a gruesome sight.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Selin Darkalstanian, you`re our producer on the ground. You were you court, and you`re monitoring reaction to the testimony and the photos. What was the reaction to these photos?

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN, HLN PRODUCER: Jane, today the sister got up and actually walked out of the courtroom. Yesterday they were all sobbing. I think today the shock was even worse. Even though we don`t see his body in every single photo, the blood alone is enough to tell the story. It`s almost like the bloody photos of the sink are worse than seeing a photo of the body itself, of the victim.

And I have to say that this is the second day in a row that the prosecution has ended court with gruesome photos of the crime scene. So two days in a row, that jury is going home with those photos clear in their heads. They`re also going home seeing the family members crying, sobbing, walking out of the courtroom. That`s two days in a row that they`re leaving court with those memories in their minds.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And that is the family of Travis Alexander right there. You can see them burying their heads and weeping and sobbing.

Jodi Arias was also crying, but she`s been crying waterworks from the start. Opening statements on.

Here`s what we know Jodi admitted. She has admitted, "Yes, I killed Travis Alexander." She stabbed him, slashed his throat, shot him, saying it was self-defense.

Before she admitted that, however, she calls cops, right around the time Travis` body is discovered, and she`s offering to help detectives. Detective Flores, the lead detective, calls her back the next day and he records the conversation. Given what we know, listen to this recorded conversation as Jodi repeatedly lies and deceives the detectives on the call.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Was there -- like, any kind of weapon? Or was there -- was there a gun?

He had his tires slashed -- I don`t remember when it was. It was last year sometime around Christmas, I think.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was around April that you last saw him. Right?

ARIAS: Early...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You haven`t been back in town since then?

ARIAS: No. I haven`t at all.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. She asks about the weapon used. A gun. She knows. She knows the answer to that. She shot him.

She talks about Travis` tires being slashed. Travis` friends say Jodi is the very one who slashed those tires. And she lies about not being there that night.

So Dr. Robi Ludwig, why on earth would a woman who has killed somebody and then run away and not reported it, say it was self-defense -- now she`s claiming self-defense. Why on earth would she call cops the day after the body is found?

DR. ROBI LUDWIG, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: I think she`s covering her tracks, and she wants to see what the police know, and if she`s gotten away with murder. So I think she`s checking. It`s part of the checking behavior.

And this woman also was a stalker. So it`s a way to stay connected to the case and to her former lover.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. I think it`s part of her obsession with Travis Alexander that she cannot keep herself away. And there`s an old saying: the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. Not literally, but sometimes metaphorically or figuratively, she`s returning to the crime. She can`t stay away. It`s her addiction.

Your calls on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In a 2008 jailhouse interview, Jodi Arias denied having anything to do with the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

ARIAS: I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime.

(END VIDEO CLIP)


(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have you ask you this. Did you kill Travis Alexander?

ARIAS: Absolutely not. No. I had no part in it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So you had nothing to do with Travis Alexander`s...

ARIAS: Nothing to do with it.

I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who?

ARIAS: I don`t know who they were.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi Arias changed her story yet again. She acted in self-defense.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi, were you ever afraid of Travis?

ARIAS: I`ll pass on that question.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Prosecutors argue jealousy drove Jodi to kill Travis.

Both sides agree Jodi and Travis had sex shortly before she killed him. The prosecution`s first witness, who was a very pretty Mormon woman Travis was dating before he died. He had planned to take her on a trip that he had won to Cancun. Listen to her.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He wasn`t paying for any of it. That it was a place that I`d been to with my own family and felt very comfortable with this place. I knew how fun it was, and the fact that we were going with the family, and we were staying in separate rooms. I felt very comfortable going with my friend.

I think part of him still hoped maybe that I would end up liking him. So I -- I initially thought that that`s why, is he was trying to get me to like him, you know, to go with him to Cancun.

Even a few weeks before, like, before we went, again I told him, "Travis, maybe you should take somebody else to Cancun with you," and there wasn`t anyone else that he wanted to take.

(END VIDEO CLIP) VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. Yes. She wasn`t interested in Travis, but Travis was reportedly interested in this modest Mormon woman, and she told Travis she just wanted to be friends, but it seems that Travis wanted to take her on vacation to Cancun.

Meanwhile, we`ve established that he was having sex with Jodi Arias, but he doesn`t want to take her on vacation. So the prosecution believes that Jodi became enraged that Travis seemed to value this other woman more than he did her. And they`re saying that`s the motive to kill, not this self-defense.

I want to bring in a very special guest, Aaron Mortenson. This is an exclusive interview we have with Aaron, and Aaron was a good friend of Travis Alexander`s, and he also met Jodi Arias, I believe, about three times.

Aaron, thank you so much for joining us. The family is clearly -- the family of Travis Alexander is clearly very upset that things are being twisted, in their opinion, to make it look like Travis is sort of this person living a double life, and pretending to be a virginal Mormon while secretly conducting this affair.

I want to give you an opportunity to tell Travis`s story. He`s not here to defend himself. He can`t put any of this into context. How would you describe Travis Alexander?

AARON MORTENSON, FRIEND OF TRAVIS: Thank you, Jane.

I guess I would say, a lot of people would describe Travis as a motivational speaker. I think that`s probably accurate. If you can imagine having, like, a motivational speaker as part of your intimate group of friends, close people that you speak with, that would be a characteristic portrayal of my relationship with Travis.

He was an inspiring person. He motivated me to become my best self. I think, like the incoming tide, I would say Travis helped rise [SIC] the boats. I would describe him as a motivational friend.

And I think motivational speakers get to where they do in life by overcoming trials and striving to become better people, and I think that`s a good indication of who Travis was. He helped inspire me to be a better person. And I miss him, and I think the world misses his presence.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: And what about this description by the defense that he was living this double life, and that he was having -- they`re really trying to paint -- and please don`t blame the messenger. This is all in open court. They`re trying to paint a picture of somebody who wanted very kinky sex with Jodi while presenting to the world as somebody who was maintaining abstinence until marriage.

And I want to give -- again, he`s not here to tell his side. So I want you to speak as much as you can for his -- his values, vis-a-vis dating and relationships.

MORTENSON: I think Travis and I were in similar circumstances at the time that he and I were friends during that time when -- in Arizona. We -- we were -- we spoke a lot about trying to improve in different facets of our lives. And I think I don`t get the impression that Travis ever told me that he was a perfect person, but he had big goals and he wanted to achieve things. And he wanted to improve in lots of areas of his life. And I had the impression that he was in the process of doing that.

I guess I would say the times when I met -- that I spent with Travis, for example, he would spend time trying to make the world around him better.

There is an example, for one instance, where I invited Travis out to a restaurant with some friends, and Travis showed up not knowing everybody. He excused himself, and went to the rest room. I watched him as he didn`t go to the restroom, and went and found the waiter and pulled out his wallet. And the waiter came up later and said, you guys are free to go. Everyone didn`t know what happened. And I later thanked Travis for picking up the tab for all these people he didn`t know. And he said he was disappointed that I even noticed because he was such an anonymous giver and he said, pay it forward. You know, he wanted the world to be a better place by his influence.

And -- and I guess that`s the Travis Alexander that I know and the character of the person who I intend to protect. And he motivated me to be a better person in that regard.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Very quick call. Joshua, Indiana. Thanks for your patience. Your question or thought, Joshua?

CALLER: Yes. I think a woman`s obsession can be much more dangerous than a man`s.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: A woman`s impression or...

CALLER: Obsession.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: ... obsession? Oh! Obsession. Well, I don`t think it`s a contest. I think that, clearly, she seems very obsessed with Travis Alexander, to the point where, even in death, after she now admits she killed him, she calls the lead detectives the day after his body is found, because she cannot stop being involved.

Is it like an addiction to drugs or alcohol? We`re going to talk about that and take more of your calls on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They were going at it, and yes, they are engaged in sexual relations in these photographs.

This shows a frontal view of a woman.

Then there`s another photograph at 1:44 p.m., and it shows this woman`s back end. And they`re nude. Just taking photographs.

At 1:44:50 p.m., there`s a photograph of the victim, and clearly, he`s excited.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: ... and, um, that we deleted with the intention of -- that wasn`t -- that wasn`t a one-time incident. I mean, there were many times where, you know...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You took pictures?

ARIAS: Yes. Pictures, whatever and in any kind of media, and it was deleted.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, at least from Jodi`s phone call with Detective Flores, the lead investigator, it appears that Jodi was trying to portray her relationship with Travis as very much about sexual role playing.

Listen carefully to the audiotape that was played in open court today, and this is tape of Jodi talking with the lead detective, and he`s secretly recording it. Listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ARIAS: I practically lived there, even when I was there. I spent the night there several times a week while I was there. I came over and cleaned his house a lot. He paid me a little bit every month, sort of like a housekeeper.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing an e-mail from Mr. Alexander to Ms. Arias where he provides her a picture of the French maid outfit that he would like her to don when she cleans this apartment, or his home. Excuse me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. That doesn`t sound familiar.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Was this part of a theme of sexual role playing? That`s what the defense is maintaining.

Jodi`s attorney claimed Travis made this T-shirt for Jodi that read, "Travis Alexander`s," apostrophe "S," and that was his way of saying that he owned her. This is the defense. This was put in the defense opening argument, OK?

But Kim Lasota (ph), former prosecutor, death penalty expert out of Phoenix, Arizona, if two consenting adults are playing games, sex games, dominant and submissive, whatever, is it relevant whatsoever to her claim that she killed him in self-defense?

KIM LASOTA (ph), FORMER PROSECUTOR: Well, I -- it`s largely irrelevant, I would say. I think what they`re trying to do is sort of demonstrate that he`s sexually deviant or different in some ways, that it will be easier for the jury to think that he could have actually provoked her to kill -- kill him in the way that she did, with all the stab wounds, the gunshot and the slit throat, which obviously, they face a very difficult task in convincing the jury of that. So they`re trying to soften the jury up, as to Travis Alexander.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, we`ve got to go back to psychotherapist Robi Ludwig. There`s no connection, is there, between people who play consensual sex games and a propensity towards violence? You could just as easily be violent if you were somebody who never had sex at all.

LUDWIG: Exactly. I mean, what I will say, though, is probably the moment that Travis had sex with Jodi, he marginalized her in some way. And Jodi probably thought that great sex would intrigue him or seduce him successfully, which didn`t happen.

You have to remember, at the end of the day, Travis was a Mormon, and he probably thought that sex was vile in some way and Jodi was vile if she was engaging in these actions with him, but he was experimenting.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Shanna Hogan, journalist, you`re writing a book about this case, and I understand you`re including a lot of information about his religious background as a Mormon, which advocates no premarital sex. Your thoughts?

SHANNA HOGAN, JOURNALIST: Yes. I mean, he was a Mormon, and this was shocking in the LDS community. But they were also adults in their late 20s, and that`s what adults in their late 20s in a relationship do. They have sex.
So you know, talking to some of his friends, and they`re all saying the same thing: they didn`t judge him for this. They saw him as a person who was trying to live by his best standards and just, you know, slipped from that. And when a woman was in his bed, you know, jumping in naked, he gave into that, like a lot of men would do.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: More on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She knew that the one thing that calms his temper the quickest is sex. So as she`s telling him, "It`s OK. I`ll fix it. Don`t worry," Travis grabbed her and spun her around.

Afraid that he was going to hurt her, Jodi was actually relieved when all he did was bend her over the desk.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: State of Arizona versus Jodi Ann Arias.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I saw him curled up in the -- he`s curled up in the shower.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You haven`t been back in town since then?

JODI ARIAS, ON TRIAL FOR MURDER OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: No, I haven`t.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She told him she hadn`t seen him in months but investigators were able to recover photographs from a digital camera that told a different story.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Miss Arias told you Travis (inaudible) with his two fists --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I had an immediate suspicion that it was Jodi who had done this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There`s was a print left on the wall in blood that led investigators to Jodi Arias.
ARIAS: I would be shaking in my boots if I had to answer to God for such a heinous crime.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: More tears in the courtroom today. And there is Jodi Arias, and she was crying all day, but she was also crying yesterday most of the day during opening statements. So it`s been a regular display of waterworks since this trial started, but the family of the victim, Travis Alexander`s family, and friends, packed into the courtroom, and they are devastated. You see them there with their heads hanging low, hearing some gruesome testimony, and seeing some very gruesome crime photos.

We are not showing you by any means of worst of the crime photos that were shown in court today and we`re blurring them, because they show, and we`ll show you them right now, Travis Alexander`s body in the shower after he has been murdered, shot in the head, his throat slit and stabbed 29 times and then dragged into the shower where prosecutors maintain that Jodi Arias washed him off in an attempt to clean up the crime scene, and this is all happening at his house in Mesa, Arizona.

That`s the sink he apparently staggered at one point to the sink and literally bled over the sink. The really sad part about this is that he wasn`t killed instantly. This was a long struggle and a very violent death.

Jodi, then, the day after his body is discovered calls -- actually, she called the day of, but she actually begins a conversation with the lead detective the day after his body is discovered, and the lead detective tape records it, and she`s a regular Chatty Cathy on the phone with this lead detective, Detective Flores. And she tells him all about how she and Travis would exchange passwords, and that he even sent very mean messages to her.

Listen to this phone conversation that was caught on tape.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There was also some talk about you spying on his e-mail and Facebook account and other things.

ARIAS: He gave me his -- he gave me his Facebook password and his MySpace password and I gave him my Facebook password and my Gmail account password. And I really (inaudible) bad because it was kind of dumb; we did that months and months ago and we thought, what can we do to try to re- establish trust between us? Travis, when he got upset would send me really mean e-mails. He would send me mean text messages.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And one of the things that came up in this call that`s extremely creepy. I don`t know if you can read the title of this book, but it`s "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" and she mentions that, oh, she and Travis were reading this book and going to various places.


Aaron Mortensen, our exclusive guest, a friend of Travis Alexander`s. I want to thank you for joining us. And speaking for a man who cannot speak for himself anymore, this struck me as particularly sinister, creep and weird that she would be purportedly reading this book "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" with a man that she ultimately killed in a very gruesome fashion.

You met Jodi Arias three times. What struck you about her?

AARON MORTENSEN, FRIEND OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: I guess, Jane, the way I`d answer that is, by just telling you one of the times that I met her, I was asked to give the eulogy at Travis` memorial service, and I showed up there kind of humbled with that responsibility, and opportunity to paint the picture of this man, and intimidated as I saw that there were more than 1,000 people in a small church room.

And Jodi was one of the people that came to that memorial service, which would have been a week after he passed away. And after I had spoken and used some images to kind of talk about Travis and some things that I remembered of him, she came up to me afterwards and was, you know, sad and then she asked if she could have a digital copy of what I had written and the pictures that I had used to kind of tell the story.

In retrospect, you know, I guess that seems kind of bizarre with everything that we`ve learned about her since then.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. It`s creepy. It`s down-right creepy, and especially now that we know that she`s admitted, "Yes, I did kill him," claiming self-defense.

Let`s go out to the phone lines -- the very patient Crystal, Iowa. Thank you for your patience, Crystal. Your question or thought?

CRYSTAL, IOWA (via telephone): Yes, hi. She says that she stabbed him in self-defense. I don`t know about you but if I`m going to stab somebody in self-defense, I`m going to stab the person, I`m going to run away and I`m going to call the cops. I`m not going to hang around and stab him another 27 times, and then take pictures and stuff like that.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Absolutely. Shanna Hogan, journalist/true crime author, how can the defense explain the sinister, weird, creepy photos that she took before and after the crime scene and what exactly did she do after killing him?

SHANNA HOGAN, JOURNALIST/TRUE CRIME AUTHOR: I think the defense is really going to be in a problem here. I mean not just the actual act, the 27 stab wounds -- 29, 27. Just being able to, like, the prosecutor`s going to try and present the fact that he stabbed and shot him after he was almost dead. So you know, the overkill here is monstrous and it`s going to be really, really difficult for the defense to overcome.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tim La Sota, former prosecutor, she then takes off to Utah to visit another guy who she`s got a budding love interest with who is a co-worker of the deceased, the victim. And he says she`s got cuts on her hands, she`s got bandages and she`s is wearing a long-sleeved shirt. How does that fit into the state`s case?

TIM LA SOTA, FORMER PROSECUTOR: All of this is a big problem for Jodi Arias, as has been mentioned. I mean, her actions after this simply, to many people, do not look like the actions of someone who has had to kill someone in self-defense. I mean she changed her story three times.

I thought the caller had a very good point, that most people, if they have to make a -- do a violent act in self-defense don`t stick around and wait to see what happened. They get out of there. So, yes, I think it`s all a big problem. I think it will be very interesting to see how they try to explain all of this assuming Miss Arias testifies which I`m assuming she`ll have to.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, not only that, we have photos of all the washing, the beddings she stuck in the washing machine along with the sim card from the camera in an attempt to destroy evidence.

On the other side, we`re going to show you some of those photos.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Behind the smiles and these photographs there was a whole another reality for Jodi -- a reality that Travis raided because in reality, Jodi was Travis` dirty little secret.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Coming up we`re going to show you photos that were shown in open court today of the crime scene and it is bloody and it is violent. Yes, Jodi Arias is crying through all of it. But let`s remember, she told several story about not being there and then it was a home invasion and she finally admitted, yes, she killed him.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you know of him having any weapons at all in the house?

ARIAS: His two fists really. (inaudible).

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No handguns or rifles or --

ARIAS: No. He wasn`t one (inaudible).

(inaudible)

ARIAS: No, he was more into, like, wrestling and UFC. And you know, he said he bought a punching bag.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And now we`re going to take you inside the crime scene, show you photos that were shown in court today. These photos of Travis Alexander`s house which we`re going to show you a second. It`s in Mesa, Arizona and it was presented in court today.

There is the inside of his house. So jurors are getting a real sense of what his -- what his home looked like, and I think it`s so important. I remember the Casey Anthony case. I thought prosecutors made a big problem, big mistake by not taking the jurors right to the crime scene.

It`s a very nice home in Mesa, Arizona. You can see, there is the washing machine that pops down in the camera that Jodi tried to destroy by putting it in the washing machine and also, take a look at all of this bedding that she -- there`s a whole bunch of bedding in there. Take my word for it. This is the sim card which she apparently tried to destroy that had the incriminating photos. Sexual photos beforehand, then photos prosecutors say of the actual killing and then photos of the dead Travis Alexander afterwards.

Believe it or not, even though she deleted them, put them in the washing machine and pressed go, they still were able to get those photos out.

Susan Constantine, jury consultant; we`re being told by those in court that jurors were averting their faces at the gruesome photos which we blurred. I mean, I saw them and I gasped and we blurred them before we showed them out of respect for the victim. But you can see his body right there. It`s a bloody crime scene -- blood all over the sink. How does that impact them?

SUSAN CONSTANTINE, JURY CONSULTANT: It impacts them quite a bit. In fact what they`re doing when moving their head to the side, they`re creating a shield, a protection -- creating a barrier between the photos and themselves. So the fact that they`re actually moving their heads that way is increasing the disgust level, and could be, increasing the hatred level, which is exactly what the state will need to do in order to get this conviction.

So to increase that -- that impression that they have through those photos, I think it`s going to be very remarkable.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Lauren, California -- going out to the phone lines. Lauren, California -- your question or thought. Lauren?

LAUREN, CALIFORNIA (via telephone): Hi, Jane. My question is I`m a little taken back by her claim of self-defense because how can a person claim self-defense when they have no defensive wounds on their body?

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Excellent question. Beth Karas, you`ve been in court. That`s a really good point.

BETH KARAS, CORRESPONDENT, TRUTV: Well, you know, we don`t know that she had no defensive wounds on her body, because by the time she`s arrested it`s July 15th, 2008. Nobody actually saw them, and if she testifies, I know that`s a big if, maybe she`ll say that she did indeed have some wounds and she`ll give whatever explanation for not reporting it, and waiting basically to be found and telling all of these lies. I don`t know if it will be a winning argument, but she may say that she had some injuries.

Now, a number of the injuries -- well, not a number, but at least four injuries of what we`re calling stab wounds, are really just slash wounds because Travis Alexander grabbed the knife blade. He had three slashes on his left hand and one on his right hand and it`s -- it seems to correspond with grabbing the knife.

The prosecution says he was stabbed in the heart first so he probably grabbed the knife, staggered to the sink. Let all that blood out that we saw. Staggered down the hall, started you know, getting weak, dropped. She slit his throat. Dragged him back, shot him in the head and put him in the shower.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Come to think of it, we heard and we read that she went up to Arizona to visit a co-worker of Travis` who was another love interest, and he said that she had bandages on her hand; so that`s the thing that`s scares me, Tim La Sota former prosecutor, death penalty expert.

I never predict an open and shut case. I sat through the Michael Jackson child molestation case which is so-called open and shut -- acquitted on all charges. I sat through the Casey Anthony case which was supposedly an open and shut case -- acquitted as we all know.

The problem with evidence is that you could play it either like you could use the cuts on her hands to say she was hiding a murder. She could also turn around in her closing argument, or when she takes the stand and say, oh, yes. These are my defensive wounds.

LA SOTA: There`s no question about that, and, Jane, I guess all of this proves that there is no such thing as an open and shut case. You mentioned Casey Anthony. The jury there bought into what I thought was a very farfetched theory. A lot of other people did, too, and now with that evidence of the Google search, it`s looking even more clearly like that.

I mean I guess that you just hope you get a, you know, a jury that listens to the evidence and sort of can sort through what is a legitimate defense claim and you know, what is a farfetched theory that is the best that defense can come up with in a given case. We`ll see what happens.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And gender is an issue. Gender is an issue and most of the jurors on this panel are male. That -- when we come back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: We`ve been talking about how there`s no such thing as an open and shut case. The forensics here are overwhelming. She`s at the crime scene, and she openly admitted she did it but she`s claiming self- defense.

So this overkill, how will that play? We`re going to talk to a psychotherapist about her possible strategy.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Travis tied Jodi up, tied her to the bed with this rope. He used a knife to cut the rope when it was at the appropriate length. They engaged in sexual activity.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You might say that the defense is using the kinky sex defense, but here`s what the prosecutor got the lead detective to say today about the absence of any rope in Travis home.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did any officers look underneath the bed?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did they look behind the headboard?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Was there ever a knife found anywhere near there.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Was there ever any rope found anywhere near, in other words any of the strands that we`re talking about, were any of those found anywhere near the bed?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: All right. So, Selin Darkalstanian, you`re there in court and you hear the opening statement, oh, kinky sex right before he was killed and there was a rope. Well, the prosecutor laid it out. There was no rope found in the home.

What has the reaction been? Because you know, it could provoke anger if you feel like for an example an opening statement is made up of whole cloth.

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN, HLN PRODUCER: Honestly, I think today everybody was so shocked that none of that matters. I think when you see blood and you see gruesome photos of a body and you see the body -- those things don`t matter. I mean you`re looking at the jury, you`re seeing their reaction; you`re looking at the family and seeing their reaction. Those things Jane are almost irrelevant.

I mean maybe they`re important in the case but when you`re looking at the reaction, nobody even -- I think the details get lost in what the photos evoke.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Susan Constantine, jury consultant, we have a mostly male -- they haven`t figured out who is going to be the alternates. That happens at the end of the case but before they deliberate. But it`s a mostly male panel at this point. Is this sex talk going to impact them differently than if it was a mostly female panel?

CONSTANTINE: Well, let`s look at also too the age factor of some of those jurors because most of them are elderly. There`s one gentleman that`s 20 years old who might connect more with the defendant, but on the other hand, when you`re talking about the sexual promiscuity and so forth and they`re older, you know, I think especially with what your last expert was talking about, you can`t get past those photos.

But here, let`s talk about the demographic fact. Go ahead.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, no, I didn`t say anything. But we only have ten seconds. Do you think the male is going to react differently? Yes or no.

Constantine: No.

ROBI LUDWIG, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: I think it`s very possible because she`s very pretty. And you know, it could create a different kind of response, sex sells. Guys, even though they`re older, in their head we don`t know what age they`re at.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, sex is a wildcard --

LUDWIG: Yes.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: More in a second.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I never really dated anyone since, and he told me that he hasn`t dated anyone since but then he told me that he has. It`s just all been kind of weird because we kept our dating life sort of from each other like don`t ask, don`t tell policy sort of.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And beats me why she would call the detective right after the body is found and offer advice of, oh, you should look here or there. She may think that she`s being clever but she implicated herself a lot.

Let`s go to the phone lines; Rhoda, Florida -- your question or thought, Rhoda.

RHODA, FLORIDA (via telephone): Yes, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, hi.

RHODA: hi, thanks for taking my call. I`d like to know about the gun that she had. Was that registered to her and purchased legally? And my second question would be, who`s paying for her defense?


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Ok. Well, the gun, they never found a gun, but cops say that there was a very suspicious break-in at her family home a week before where she claimed her grandpa`s gun was stolen, and it`s the same caliber as used in the killing.

And my understanding is that these are public defenders, that she`s not paying for it.

Robi Ludwig, you had a theory because you say, well, she`s a stalker. Is she crazy? What do you think?

LUDWIG: She clearly has a personality disorder. I would say she has a borderline personality disorder. They can`t tolerate rejection. It brings up this feeling of a void. She may have felt that Travis was really hers. He didn`t have a right to leave her and it offended her sense of herself that no one should leave her. That was wrong and it created such a rage that she retaliated in kind with violence.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, and I remember studying borderline personality disorder for another case that I covered. And I thought it was fascinating what the psychotherapist said was that borderline personality people don`t know where they end and someone else begins.

LUDWIG: Right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: So therefore, they see somebody that they say, I want that, I want their car, I want their house, I want their life and they just move in.

LUDWIG: I feel like a person -- I feel like a whole person when Travis is in my life and when he`s not in my life or rejecting me, who am I, what am I? I`m a nothing and can`t tolerate that feeling.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, and one of the reasons why this is such an important case for us to cover is that these are extreme examples of dysfunction that a lot of us exhibit in small ways in our daily lives. So it`s really good information to learn about, let`s say borderline personality disorder so that you can recognize it in someone else.

LUDWIG: Right.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Do you have someone in your life who sort of thinks they own you and thinks at any time they see something that you have that they like that they can take it. You know, it`s kind of like the friend who comes to stay and stay for dinner and --

LUDWIG: Well, the female stalker can be a lot more dangerous than they seem. In some cases they`re dismissed. They`re women; they`re not so powerful.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Good point.

Nancy is up next with more on this case.

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http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/Jodi-Arias-trial-911-call-details-day-friends-found-Travis-Alexanders-body
Jodi Arias trial: 911 call details day friends found Travis Alexander's body
January 3, 2013
PHOENIX - For the first time, we heard the 911 call made by friends when they found the body of Travis Alexander in June 2008.
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Friends had come to Alexander's home to check on him and discovered him dead in the shower with blood everywhere.

"Our friend is dead at his home. We hadn't heard from him in a while and came to check on him. We think he is dead," they are heard saying on the 911 call.

His roommate went to check on him and said, "There is blood everywhere."

In Thursday's trial, Arias' defense team brought up a French maid outfit. Her defense team said Alexander paid Arias to clean his home and wanted her to wear a similar outfit when she did.

That plays into the defense strategy of showing him as an abusive, sex-crazed man who treated Arias as a sex slave and that she killed him in self-defense.
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Jodi Arias defense submits emails in which Travis Alexander called her a ‘slut’ (Photos)
January 3, 2013

On Jan. 3, 2013, the defense for Jodi Arias, 32, the Ariz. woman accused of murdering her boyfriend Travis Alexander, entered into evidence emails between the lovers in which he called her a “slut” and a “whore.”

It was also revealed the former lovers shared social media passwords due to their distrust of one another.
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1301/03/ng.01.html
NANCY GRACE

Day Two of Jodi Arias Murder Trial

Aired January 3, 2013 - 20:00   ET


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


RITA COSBY, GUEST HOST: Breaking news tonight out of Arizona, day two of the most anticipated trial since tot mom, Casey Anthony. She`s beautiful and charming, but is Jodi Arias a killer? The singing beauty accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend, successful entrepreneur Travis Alexander, by stabbing him not once, not twice but 29 times, then allegedly shooting him in the face.

Arias first claimed she wasn`t there, then reveals her and Travis were attacked by intruders. Now her story is she killed Travis in self-defense. With 29 stab wounds? New tonight, fresh from the courtroom, Jodi Arias caught on tape, her own words used against her by police. We have the audio.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JODI ARIAS, CHARGED WITH MURDER: We were intimate, but I wouldn`t say romantic.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: References to being used sexually by Ms. Arias. "I think I was little more than a dildo with a heartbeat to you."

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: (INAUDIBLE) in his bedroom, behind the door.

ARIAS: Hello. I just wanted to offer any assistance (INAUDIBLE) I`m a really good friend of Travis`s.

NANCY GRACE, HOST: Shot, stabbed 29 times.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was an angry situation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The first thing we think is these people hated each other.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing e-mails in which Mr. Alexander referred to Ms. Arias as a slut?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a whore?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

ARIAS: He gave me his passwords. The only accounts that I`ve accessed there were Myspace and Gmail.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The prosecution said this was so violent.

ARIAS: He worked out really, really hard. He was so strong.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The defense saying this was self-defense.

ARIAS: I don`t see how anyone could overpower him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She had sex with him to put him into a powerless state, and then she went in for the kill.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How are you managing to stay so calm?

ARIAS: Through my faith and through the knowledge of my own innocence.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: And good evening, everybody. I`m Rita Cosby, in for Nancy Grace. Thank you so much for being with us tonight.

Big breaking news tonight out of Arizona, day two of the most anticipated trial since tot mom, Casey Anthony. She`s beautiful and charming, but is Jodi Arias a killer?

New tonight, fresh from the courtroom, Jodi Arias caught on tape, her own words used against her by police. And we have the audio. Let`s go straight to Beth Karas with "In Session," the reporter. She is right there in the thick of it all. Beth, what happened today?

BETH KARAS, LEGAL CORRESPONDENT, "IN SESSION": Well, after that phone conversation was played -- and that`s Jodi Arias reaching out to the lead detective the day after Travis Alexander`s body is found, offering information, offering help, asking questions -- then the jury heard and saw rather a lot of photographs, which culminated at the end of the day with some very gruesome photos...

COSBY: Yes. And by the way, Beth...

KARAS: ... the whole scene...

COSBY: ... I think it`s important...

(CROSSTALK)

COSBY: Beth, I think it`s important to let everybody know the photos are graphic, and also, some of the language you`re going to hear tonight is graphic. Be very careful with your children. But again this is what was played in court today.

Beth, some stunning details verbally in those e-mails and also pictures, right, Beth?

KARAS: Yes, and the pictures really tell a story. They show that there was a struggle, a fight by Travis Alexander. He was fighting for his life. The prosecution says he was stabbed in the heart and then hung his head over the sink. And you can see he was probably spitting blood. It was a terrible scene.

The worst, though, is to come next week, where the jury will see the area where the state says his throat was slashed, and then he was dragged to the shower, shot and left.

COSBY: And Liz, I want to warn folks because there are some graphic pictures. In fact, there are some pictures of blood at the sink where they believe his throat was slit.

Let`s go to Bonnie Druker, NANCY GRACE producer. This picture is significant, some of these photos, and it really does shows a very bloody, brutal scene, right, Bonnie?

BONNIE DRUKER, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER (via telephone): Yes, it is so bloody and so brutal, I mean, members of Travis Alexander`s family, everyone was crying. They were taking tissues, and some of the people I was sitting next to had to turn their head. I even had to turn my head at some point.

It shows a real, real struggle, a lot of blood at the sink, on the floor, on the walls. And it`s just a tremendously violent, violent scene.

COSBY: And Bonnie, we`re looking at pictures right now. I mean it stuns to see the amount of blood at the sink, again, where they believe the fatal blow was that slit his throat from ear to rear, right, Bonnie? I mean, this was a dramatic wound.

DRUKER: Oh, yes, from ear to ear. I mean, she`s accused -- Jodi Arias is accused of stabbing him 29 times and then slitting his throat from ear to ear -- that`s a lot, a lot of blood -- and then shot him in the face, allegedly.

COSBY: And you know, I`ve seen some of the pictures, everyone, that we cannot show on camera. And there`s some really dramatic gruesome pictures showing a very beat-up, very bruised Travis Alexander, a lot of blood at the scene. Again, we`re not even going to show you those. The ones we`re showing you, I think, are graphic and give the idea of how difficult and horrible this crime scene was.

Beth Karas, what was the reaction from jurors, the reaction from others in the courtroom to see these kind of pictures?

KARAS: Well, let me start with Jodi Arias. She was crying a lot. I mean, tears were streaming down he face, down to her chin and she was...

COSBY: Beth, crocodile tears?

KARAS: ... wiping her eyes and her nose...

COSBY: Did they look genuine?

KARAS: ... constantly.

COSBY: Genuine tears?

KARAS: I don`t know. I mean, yes, she turns it on. They look genuine. I mean, maybe she`s saying to herself, How did I get myself in this position? Maybe she`s sorry she killed him.

It`s not in dispute that she killed him. The question is, should she be held criminally responsible, right? She says she was justified in doing it, but she killed him. She did this. That`s not in dispute.

But jurors- at times -- see, some jurors looked at the big screen directly across from them, some looked at a smaller screen above the witness, which was a little more -- showed a little more sharper detail.

But jurors who looked at the big screen across from them, like a big movie screen, had Jodi Arias in their line of sight. So I can`t believe they weren`t looking at her also, crying and turning her head. So they would avert their eyes from the picture to her at times.

They`re allowed to take notes. The witness hasn`t finished, so we don`t know if they have any questions for this witness all the photographs are coming in through.

But it was very somber in the courtroom. Earlier in the day, there was nothing gruesome. It was interesting facts, but nothing gruesome. But the day ended, the weekend, with some pretty powerful stuff, and the jury went home with (INAUDIBLE)

COSBY: You bet. You bet. C.W. Jensen, retired police captain, you`ve covered a lot of cases. This is a pretty gruesome crime scene. That`s going to have a big effect, seeing these pictures.

And again, I want to warn everybody, but I want to show you some of -- and again, these are sort of the lesser graphic ones, if you can imagine. I have seen some ones that we cannot show you on air, but very brutal, very bloody crime scene.

This is going to affect the jury, don`t you think, C.W.?

C.W. JENSEN, RETIRED POLICE CAPTAIN (via telephone): Oh, absolutely. I mean, many times, especially nowadays, you know, a judge will send jurors after a case to counseling. I mean, I`ve had them cry in my arms during trial.

So this is very graphic. Also, though, what`s going to really hit them is how she lied and tried to manipulate the police.

COSBY: Yes, and apparently, she lied big-time. Alexis Tereszcuk, senior reporter with Radaronline, she was lying through her teeth! They also played today some recordings. And this is with the detective she apparently reached out to him, said friends suggested she call because they believed she was stalking him. It wasn`t like she just kind of out of the goodness of her heart decided to call.

But she calls, and in the conversation, she totally lies to him, Alexis! She says, Look, I didn`t see him. I hadn`t seen him in a long time. Last conversation I had with him was the night before he was killed. Doesn`t say she was with him, right?

ALEXIS TERESZCUK, RADARONLINE.COM: You`re exactly right. And she says she was supposed to be house sitting while he went away to Cancun. She tells the detective all sorts of past history, and she says, you know, his tires were slashed. Maybe somebody -- that -- the person that did this murdered him. She was the one that slashed his tires.

She also claimed that they had -- they were broken up. They weren`t together. And then she said, But we were intimate, but please don`t tell anybody that because he`s a Mormon and she wants to protect his reputation. Everything she said to him was a lie.

But she was constantly fishing for information. She said, Well, what kind of weapon was used? And...

COSBY: Yes, she asked, was there a gun? Was there a gun? I thought that was really significant, Alexis.

TERESZCUK: You`re exactly right. She wanted to know details that somebody else wouldn`t have known. She said, Was there a gun? They hadn`t said that he was shot yet. What happened? And she said, you know, he was very strong. She couldn`t imagine how this could have happened. And then she said, The only weapons that I know that were in the room were his two fists, implying that maybe that was setting up her alibi or her excuse, that he was going to be able to hit somebody.

COSBY: You know, Alexis...

TERESZCUK: That was her defense.

COSBY: I think that`s exactly what she was doing. She was sort of laying the groundwork. Let`s play a little bit, if we could. This is this comment where she`s talking to the detective right away and said somebody slashed the tires. But get this. All the friends said he believed she slashed the tires. This was several months before.

But take a listen to how she framed it with the detective early on.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did he have any issues with anybody here in town, any enemies, anybody that wanted to do him harm?

ARIAS: He got his tires slashed. It was last year. He was -- he said he was worried about that. And I was worried about that. He never locked his doors. And I told him -- I would tell him, Lock your doors. And he`ll be, like, You`re not my mom, you know?

And I come from -- he comes from a bad city. I think he comes from (INAUDIBLE) in California, which is gangs, violent, but -- and I come from a similar type of neighborhood (INAUDIBLE) California. So I`ve always (INAUDIBLE) lock our doors, and that`s just my habit. He doesn`t have that habit, and he lives in a great neighborhood and it`s never been an issue. Nothing`s ever been stolen. Nothing has ever been -- nothing has ever been, you know, broken into. And he had his tires slashed. I don`t remember when it was. It was last year sometime around Christmas, I think.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

COSBY: Psychologist Wendy Walsh, you hear that, she`s saying someone slashed the tires. The friends say he thought she slashed the tires because she was jealous of him and he was dating other people.

What do you make of it from a psychological standpoint? She`s sort of laying the groundwork. So that way, I -- you know, I take it that cops hearing it go, Well, maybe they`ll eliminate me if I kind of lay it all out here. What do you think that she`s going for, kind of fishing but also kind of presenting it now?

WENDY WALSH, PSYCHOLOGIST: That`s exactly what she`s doing. Now, remember, I`m pretty sure, I would guess, that this woman has a personality disorder...

COSBY: Ya think?

WALSH: ... and my suspicion is it`s a borderline...

COSBY: Ya think?

WALSH: ... personality disorder.

COSBY: I`ll agree with you on that one!

WALSH: But remember, just because -- just because you have a personality disorder doesn`t mean you have, like, a mental illness. You can be very smart and you can weave all kinds of tangled webs of lies. In fact, borderlines are particularly good at this. So she`s...

COSBY: Well, Wendy, I got to ask you -- cunning -- cunning like a fox, right? Cunning like a fox.

WALSH: Exactly. And so she`s both fishing for information because she wants to know what they have and do they have anything on her, but she`s also laying down little, tiny red herring clues to potentially be a defense in the future.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing e-mails in which Mr. Alexander referred to Ms. Arias as a, quote, "three-hole wonder"?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A slut?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A whore?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

ARIAS: Travis -- when he got upset, he would send me really mean e-mails.

911 OPERATOR: What`s going on?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A friend of ours is dead in his bedroom!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you kill Travis Alexander?

ARIAS: Absolutely not.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did he have any issues with anybody in town, anybody that wanted to do him harm.

ARIAS: You know, he got his tires slashed. It was last year.

911 OPERATOR: Has he been threatened by anyone recently.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, he has. He has as ex-girlfriend that`s been bothering him, calling him and slashing tires and things like that.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: And It`s day two of the Jodi Arias murder trial. She`s beautiful, but she also is a killer, the defense saying self-defense, but yet he was stabbed 29 times.

Today in court, some very graphic e-mails. I also want to warn everybody some graphic language coming up. Indeed, this was the evidence presented in court today.

Let`s go to Beth Karas. Beth, some of these phrases -- I want to go through it -- you know, what, he called her a slut and, what, a "three-hole wonder"? Walk us through some of the language in the e-mails between Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander.

KARAS: Well, I do expect that we`re going to see a lot more of these e- mails and text messages. But through Detective Flores (ph), the lead detective, the case agent, on cross-examination, Mr. Nurmi (ph), one of the defense attorneys, asked him about, Isn`t it true, when you saw the exchanges, that he had called her a "three-hole wonder" and called her a slut and a whore. And he said, Yes, that`s true.

And so Juan Martinez got up on redirect -- and he`s the prosecutor -- and he wanted the context for this. And there was an objection and a sidebar. And it was -- you know, he was allowed to read a little bit more.

You know, the defense is trying to portray Travis Alexander as someone who was simply using her for sex and knew he would never marry her and was abusive emotionally toward her, psychologically abusive.

And they, in fact, intend to introduce an expert on abuse, domestic abuse, to talk about Jodi Arias and if she was truly a victim, and Travis Alexander, if he was truly an abuser. So I mean, they`re going to have some evidence, I believe, that they think will support justification.

COSBY: Yes, and one of the things, you know, Bonnie Druker, NANCY GRACE producer, the context that the prosecutors were going for was that he was saying she was always a liar and that some of the context of saying some of these things I understand was the context that he was mad she was lying, you know, that using this language, not necessarily always calling her that, but because he was mad she was lying constantly, correct?

DRUKER: Yes, I mean, there seemed to be a distrust or mistrust between both of them. I mean, at one point, Travis Alexander writes to Jodi Arias that, I`m nothing more to you than a dildo with a heartbeat. So I mean...

(CROSSTALK)

COSBY: Walk me through. What is this, a dildo with a heartbeat, that`s the phrase?

DRUKER: Yes, that is the phrase, a dildo with heartbeat. So it really, you know, depends on which side you believe here. But again, there was some distrust between both of them.


At one point in the trial today, they were talking about e-mails and Facebook accounts, and Jodi Arias said that they gave each other each other`s passwords because they wanted to kind of mend fences because there was so much distrust. It`s like, OK, here`s my passwords. Now look at what I`m doing. There`s nothing here or there`s something here.

COSBY: You know, let`s got to the attorneys, Holly Hughes, Alex Sanchez. Holly, you know, when I hear this, it`s sort of, like, let`s blame the victim. Let`s make him look like a pervert. Let`s make him look like a sex fiend, and she was, you know, this poor girl who happened to drive hundreds of miles to go see him, goes into his house and kills him. It`s not like he went to her house to kill her.

HOLLY HUGHES, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Right, but it`s not so much blame the victim as it is...

COSBY: How is it not...

HUGHES: ... explain to the jury.

COSBY: How is it not -- how is it not...

HUGHES: Because...

COSBY: ... blaming the victim? He`s not around to defend himself!

HUGHES: Rita! Rita, here`s the thing. They`re using his own words. They`re not just willy-nilly having her make up stuff.

COSBY: But it has to be in the context!

HUGHES: They are using his -- right, and that`s fine. Put the context in. But clearly, what they need to show the jury as the defense team is that he did have a cruel streak. And so when she is claiming self-defense, there is evidence to support that.

They would be inexcusable as attorneys if they didn`t go through every piece of the evidence and present what will back up their claim, and their claim is this is self-defense. He was cruel. He was emotionally abusive. And on this day, he got physically abusive. They are not...

COSBY: All right, but the one thing they don`t have, Holly -- one thing they don`t have. So far, we haven`t heard of any reports of him assaulting her, any calls of him offending her, any reports from the police. What are you saying, he suddenly snapped?

Meanwhile, she drove to his house? Alex, they got a tough case here!

HUGHES: OK, but here`s the thing...

COSBY: Alex -- I`m talking to Alex!

(CROSSTALK)

COSBY: Hang on one second. I asked Alex. Alex, go ahead.

ALEX SANCHEZ, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: You know, Rita, you know, let`s call a spade a spade.

COSBY: Yes, let`s!

SANCHEZ: And maybe I`m old-fashioned, but...

COSBY: What are you going to...

SANCHEZ: ... any man...

COSBY: You`re probably going to tell me it`s a tough case!

SANCHEZ: No, any man that calls a woman a slut, a whore and a three-hole wonder is absolutely disgusting.

COSBY: And by the way...

SANCHEZ: And I don`t care what anybody says about that.

COSBY: And by the way, Alex -- Alex, I agree with you. That is no way...

SANCHEZ: That`s right, but...

COSBY: ... to speak to someone...

SANCHEZ: ... it tells you -- it tells you something...

COSBY: ... on the other hand...

SANCHEZ: It tells you...

COSBY: ... it tells you...

SANCHEZ: Excuse me, Rita, but it tells you...

COSBY: Excuse me, Alex! It tells you you got a volatile relationship, but it doesn`t make it sound like she`s some saint!

SANCHEZ: Yes, but you know something? It tells you something about him. And this business about her being forced to wear a French outfit, her being forced to wear a shirt that says, you know, This is Travis Alexander`s...


COSBY: Alex, I just got to ask you a question, Alex. Was she forced to drive and go over to kill him?

SANCHEZ: You know something? Every...

COSBY: Was she forced to drive?

SANCHEZ: Everybody...

COSBY: You know, that`s -- that`s -- this is the biggest problem! She took off to visit him! She lied to police, Alex! If she was defending herself, she should have called police...

SANCHEZ: Yes, but you know, everybody...

COSBY: ... and said, Guess what happened?

SANCHEZ: Everybody...

COSBY: I accidentally killed someone.

(CROSSTALK)

SANCHEZ: Everybody, including you, Rita...

COSBY: ... forgot that, Alex, somehow!

SANCHEZ: Everybody, including you, are deviating from the main issue in the case. Was there self-defense in the case? What happened in that bathroom in that house?

COSBY: Let`s see it!

SANCHEZ: That`s what I`m interested.

COSBY: Let`s see it!

SANCHEZ: You`re looking at all the information that is occurring afterwards!

COSBY: Let`s see it, Alex! Let`s see it!

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(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Hello?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello. Could I speak to Jodi, please.

ARIAS: This is Jodi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I received a phone call stating that a female by the name of Jodi Arias wanted to talk to me.

ARIAS: Well, I heard all kinds of rumors. They said there was a lot of blood. I heard that his roommates found him or his friends found him or...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The body was found in the shower.

ARIAS: I really don`t remember the day at all.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: And I want to go now to Danny Jones. He`s the friend of the victim, Travis Alexander. And I want to remind everybody, Travis Alexander is the victim, and now he`s being victimized again, it sounds like, all over in court!

Danny, how hard was it for you to sit there in court and hear these words? You know, he`s calling her a three-hole wonder, all these things. They`re in the e-mails, but again, they need to be in context. It sounds like they`re going after him like he`s on trial!

DANNY JONES, FRIEND OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: Well, that`s exactly what they were doing. You know, I mean, I don`t really understand your question, How do I feel about hearing those words? I mean...

COSBY: Yes, and how do you -- how do you...

JONES: I don`t know. I mean, how would you feel if somebody...

COSBY: I was going to say, how do you -- you know, as a friend, to sit there and feel like here your poor friend has been murdered, and now his reputation is being dragged through the mud!

JONES: Well, see, I think that`s the big problem here, especially, you know, in the media. Like, this isn`t a trial about, you know, how good of a Mormon he was or how well he lived up to his religion or what his sexual fantasies were.

You know, I think one thing we have to all remember here is this is a human being and he`s not perfect. I`m not perfect. You`re not perfect. Nobody is, I don`t care what religion you are. And you know, it looks like that during that season of his life, you know, temptation got the better of him on some of the other things.

But you know, I think we all need to remember the main thing of this whole trial is these three things, is did she murder him? Well, obviously. Was it premeditated? Yes. And was there self-defense -- was it because of self-defense?

There`s no way in hell it was because -- and here`s why, because why would she -- why would she dye her hair color? Why would she rent the car, turned her license plate upside down, pull the battery out of her phone, accidentally get lost and show up in Arizona, you know, stage the scene after she kills him. I mean, it`s absolutely ridiculous.

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ARIAS: I came over and I cleaned his house a lot. He sort of -- he paid me a little every month to keep his house nice and clean, sort of like a housekeeper.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing an e-mail from Mr. Alexander to Ms. Arias where he provides her a picture of the French maid outfit that he would like her to don when she cleans his apartment -- or his home, excuse me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That doesn`t sound familiar.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don`t remember that.

ARIAS: As far as getting into his Gmail, that never happened. If his Gmail window was open, then I would just close it.

He gave me his password. The only accounts I`ve accessed, though, were Myspace and Gmail because those were the only passwords he gave me.

Travis, when he got upset, he would send me really mean e-mails.

You`ll find probably some stuff on his Facebook. I know for sure you`ll find one on Facebook and definitely his Gmail. And you`re welcome to access all of my accounts, too, if you want.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: And day two of the Jodi Arias murder trial.


Let`s go back out to Beth Karas.

Beth, you`re out there. You`ve been in trial all day. One of the things I want to have you talk about, some of the things that she said, what I thought was so fascinating about today was that the detective got there, and he talked about the conversations he had with her early on. And it seems like she was sort of setting the stage. You know, she talks about the gun, she brings it up. And he -- you know, she says no, he didn`t have a gun but coincidentally she had a gun stolen from her house the same kind.

And also she said he used his fists, kind of trying to describe him, I think, as a bit of a violent person, right?

KARAS: Yes, you know, it`s interesting. She did. She said the only weapons he had were his fists. And then there was a punching bag in his home. Jurors saw pictures of it. It was on the -- on the first floor off of the living room. And he -- he worked out a lot and he was getting in shape. He was ready for his trip to Cancun. He had been losing weight and was looking forward to it.

But what I was thinking when I was listening to her, I mean, she didn`t allege and assert self-defense right away. That`s her -- that`s her third story about what happened that day.

(CROSSTALK)

COSBY: Beth, Beth, she didn`t even say she talked to him.

KARAS: Only in the past year. No, but it`s interesting because some of the things in that initial statement, June 10th, 2008, the day after Travis Alexander`s body was found, seems to support and can be used in this self- defense claim now, but that`s not what she was saying back then. What -- and I guess what it means is, there`s a ring of truth to some of what she was saying. You know, not everything she said was a lie.

COSBY: Danny Jones, you`re the friend of Travis Alexander. When did you meet Travis?

JONES: I met Travis sometime in 2004.

COSBY: And so you met him before Jodi met him, Jodi met him at that Las Vegas convention in 2006. Did you ever meet her?

JONES: Mm-hmm.

COSBY: And what were your impressions of her?

JONES: I did meet her a couple of times. The only time that I really saw her and Travis together was, you know, at business functions and a meeting with, you know, 200 other people. And quite frankly, I had my own things to worry about. I was working and I had my own girlfriend and it wasn`t really something I was paying attention to.
COSBY: You know, you knew Travis and you`re hearing these allegations, sort of painting these twos different pictures of him, if you will, in court. Did you ever see anything where he had a violent streak or an angry streak? It sounds like as the defense is trying to lay the claim for self- defense?

JONES: Absolutely not. You know, I know Travis on, you know, more of a personal level sometimes. You know, we met and he was a mentor of mine in the business. And we became really good friends and he`s come over to my house for dinner and friend`s house for dinner, I stayed over at his house, you know, numerous times. And you know, we went on a cruise together.

We even trained on stage in front of hundreds of other people together here in Arizona. And you know, he was -- he was the comedian. He was funny. Gentle. Very, you know, honest. And, you know, there`s -- I think if they`re trying to use the whole, you know, violence, if he really was a violent person or a raging person, that`s going to show up in other areas of your life that a lot of other people are going to be able to see and not one person that knows Travis has come out and said yes, he was -- he was that person. There`s -- it has no merit on anything. There`s no way he was that person.

COSBY: Did he ever talk about her? Did he ever talk about Jodi Arias and say anything about her?

JONES: Not with me.

COSBY: Is it possible he had sort of two different lives? I mean, is that -- is that possible?

JONES: You mean with Jodi?

COSBY: Yes, I mean just, you know, sometimes people are one way with one person and one with the other, although, as I keep saying, you -- I mean, if somebody has a violent streak, the cops would have been called out. Something would happen. We`re not hearing any of that.

JONES: Yes. You know, I mean, we`re all human. I mean, but as far as the whole violence part, it just -- it wouldn`t have happened. Not out of Travis. He was -- he was the most genuine person that I`ve met in a long time and had a heart of gold. And I think that they`re using the whole violence thing because that`s -- what else can she say? She`s already changed her story two or three times. So she has to rely on this. And of course, Travis isn`t around to back himself up. So we just have to take things out of context. And, you know, so that`s all she can use.

COSBY: Well, and I agree with you.

Aaron Brehove, body language expert. There are all these three different stories. You know, first she says I wasn`t there, I don`t know what you`re talking about, what planet you`re on, to the cops and then we even heard from the recording today, she basically said, last time I talked to him was last night. She forgets. She was there. You know, I mean, it`s incredible, the lies and how calmly she lies.

Then she says these, quote, "intruders," then she comes with self-defense. We`ve yet to see that one. What do you make of all this sort of calm, easy-to-lie person?

AARON BREHOVE, VOICE ANALYSIS AND BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT: Well, we see it on her interview on "Inside Edition," very calm, collected, cool. But then we see it in this -- in this film conversation. The police investigator did a terrific job continuously caught her in lies. She starts out by saying, as far as getting into his e-mails that never happened. And he says well, actually we have a search warrant. And then she says OK, well, I`ll -- yes, I`ll tell you right now that I -- that I did get into his e-mails.

So she comes out and she lies and she then she backs up a little bit and says OK, well, now I`m going to tell you everything. She keeps on getting caught and she never wants to give it up.

COSBY: And, Aaron -- hold on, hold one second, let me play a little bit of that "Inside Edition" and let me get you to comment. Here`s that interview.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Did you kill Travis Alexander?

ARIAS: I absolutely did not kill Travis Alexander. I had nothing to do with his murder. I didn`t harm him in any way. I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Who?

ARIAS: I don`t know who they were. I couldn`t pick them out in a police lineup.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: So what happened?

ARIAS: They came into his home and attacked us both. I`m not proud that I just left my friend there to be slaughtered at the hands of two other people. I`m not proud of that at all.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: You know, and that`s Jodi Arias on "Inside Edition." You know, Aaron, when I see that, I think of how calm and how easy it is for her to make up this story. You know, and of course, by her own admission now says it`s self-defense. She was there, she did kill him and then today we hear in the conversation with cops, very calm, no, I hadn`t seen him since April. It`s June. She was in the house, we know.

No, you know, I -- you know, I talked to him the night before. It`s amazing how easy it is and how smooth it is for her to lie.

BREHOVE: She thinks she`s hugely intelligent. She`s not quite as smart as she thinks. The cop -- the police investigator texted her numerous times and then eventually she goes from saying I have no idea to who it may be, to name somebody else, Thomas Brown. She starts out by saying that he`s a sexual predator. That it was a very -- it wasn`t a friendly situation. And at the end of the statement, she`s realizes this isn`t the person who did it, I need to back up a little bit and says she`s a -- he`s big dumb teddy bear.

COSBY: Yes, like make up your mind. Right.

BREHOVE: This is not a -- yes, exactly. She has no idea where she`s going with this. While she`s a great liar, she`s not quite as intelligent as I think she thinks she is.

COSBY: Well, let`s go to the callers, Linda from California, you`re on the line. What`s your question, Linda?

LINDA, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA: Hi, Rita.

COSBY: Hello there, how are you?

LINDA: I`m good, how are you?

COSBY: Good, good, good. What`s your question?

LINDA: I was wondering if anyone on your panel is aware of any restraining orders that might have been placed against her from past relationships or any issues, serious issues she had with boyfriends in the past.

COSBY: That`s a great question. Let me go to Bonnie Drucker, NANCY GRACE producer.

Bonnie, anything in her or her history and let`s just make it blank. Anything in his history that you know of.

DRUKER: No, I haven`t heard one of those things. Definitely not on him. Haven`t heard of any restraining orders. And in fact, he never called cops to have a restraining order against her even though he suspected that she slashed his tires.

COSBY: Yes, that`s interesting. Let`s go to Barbara from South Carolina.

Barbara, what`s your question? Barbara, you`re on the air. What`s your question?

BARBARA, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA: Yes, ma`am. I`m here. I was just wondering, each time that she changed her story in the three different stories that she gave, I was wondering if she gave a different story to different investigators or if she gave all three stories to the same investigators?

COSBY: Beth Karas, let`s go to you. Some was to the media, right?

KARAS: Well, she repeated to the media. Now this is coming up in the case. They`re putting things in in a chronological order. So we`re going to hear on July 15th, when she gets arrested, she talks to Detective Flores. The same on in the phone call that the jury heard today. And she will continue to maintain that she hasn`t seen him since April.

She thinks about it overnight and calls him the next day and wants to talk to him again. She`s in custody and that`s when she changes to the second story. So that`s the same detective. When she comes out with self-defense that may have come out through her attorneys.

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(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Even though we broke up, we`re no longer boyfriend and girlfriend, we decided to remain friends.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. So you guys were not like romantically together at any time or --

ARIAS: We were intimate but I wouldn`t say romantic as far as the relationship goes.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Travis` family and friends say Jodi was stalking him in the months before the murder, something she denies.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He rewarded that love for Travis Victor Alexander by sticking a knife in his chest.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To the bathroom where the shower stall was. That was all covered in blood. And I noticed large amounts of blood pooling and smears.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think she should be on death row until she dies.

ARIAS: The evidence is very compelling, but none of it proves that I committed a murder.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: And I want to warn everybody there`s some graphic language and also graphic pictures, again, all of this part of the evidence in day two of the Jodi Arias murder trial. Today, we`re hearing that Travis Alexander, you know, this is via e-mails, called her, quote, "a slut." Called her a three-hole wonder and said, I was little more than a dildo with a heartbeat to you.


Some pretty graphic language. So what does it all mean? Are they trying to smear the victim? In addition to that, I want to show the footage. Take a look right here. This towel, I think, is very significant.

Let`s go to Bonnie Drucker, NANCY GRACE producer.

Bonnie, we`re looking at pictures of the T-shirt being held up. Underwear, other things. What`s the significance of all of this that was shown in court today?

DRUKER: Well, all this stuff including pillowcases and socks, they were found in the washing machine where the camera was also found. So I guess what they`re trying to say is that she cleaned up the scene, including that towel, and then put it all in the washing machine.

COSBY: And what we`re seeing is the towel sort of looks like it was bleached, right, Bonnie? Wasn`t there the something regarding bleach like trying to really hide the evidence, it could be?

DRUKER: Right, right. Trying to hide the evidence, bleached out towel and the T-shirt had some bleach on it. I can tell you right now that the family -- Travis Alexander`s family lost it when some of his stuff starts to come out. I mean, the witness put on these rubber gloves and dug into a plastic bag that`s been wrapped in paper and took one item out, one at a time.

And it was really, really hard. But again, that towel was probably used or looked like it was used in the murder.

COSBY: And C.W. Jensen --

(CROSSTALK)

DRUKER: Used to wipe out the murder.

COSBY: Retired police captain, you know, C.W., all of this, the bleached towel, the bedding was also found in the dryer. And let`s not forget, she first said she wasn`t there and then suddenly she was there when authorities came up with this camera that was found in the washing machine. So that washing machine and dryer is pretty key for a lot of reasons, right?

JENSEN: Right, and you know, the bottom line is, and lord knows I called O.J. Simpson and Casey -- what`s her name, wrong --

COSBY: Casey Anthony. How could you forget that one?


JENSEN: Right. My fellow Arizona residents see through this. But I`ve investigated cases where women have killed abusive husbands. And do you know what they did immediately after the fight? They called 911. They had one story. They didn`t have a gun disappear from their father`s house. They didn`t have, as you say, the camera, the clothes, the trip, all these things.

I mean, it`s almost overwhelming the evidence against this woman. You know, the fact that she had a maid`s outfit makes no sense to me in any of this.

COSBY: You know, Holly Hughes, yes, hiding the evidence. She drives there, she comes over with the gun. Let`s hear your best one, Holly.

HUGHES: Well, first of all, nobody proved she came over with a gun. You`re saying it`s the same caliber gun. There are probably --

COSBY: She said -- she said she killed him. She said she killed him in self-defense. That`s not up for dispute, Holly. Are you going to pretend like she didn`t kill him now?

HUGHES: Right, but -- no, but if you`ll let me finish my sentence, a trial is a search for the truth. So when you say, I want to talk about all the bad stuff she did, let`s -- but then you get so upset when we simply talk about what his words were and how he treated her. So we need to keep an open mind until we see all this. We`re only in day two of this trial and we haven`t heard from the domestic violence expert yet either.

COSBY: Right. And by the way, we haven`t heard from cops, we haven`t heard from anybody who has said that he had a violent streak. So there`s a lot of unopened questions here and she`s got a big problem I think after today.

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(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing e-mails in which Mr. Alexander referred to Miss Arias as, quote, "a slut"?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a whore?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Those are the allegations they made.

ARIAS: No. No, not at all.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why they would start pointing fingers in your direction right away?

ARIAS: I don`t know. Maybe I`m hated because I`m the ex-girlfriend, we`ve had lots of fight.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: And again, everybody, we want to warn you, the words are graphic, the pictures are graphic that were shown in court today again presented as evidence in day two of the Jodi Arias murder trial.

Again the murder scene, as you can see, this is the sink. Bloody, very graphic pictures that were presented to the jury today.

Let`s go to Dr. Bill Manion, New Jersey medical examiner.

Dr. Manion, when you see these pictures, from a medical examiner`s standpoint, and they believe, by the way, the sink is significant because that`s where they believe she slit his throat from ear to ear. This is a picture here -- this is of the bullet, one of the shell casings, and you can see some dried blood. This is in the tile of the bathroom floor.

What is all of this telling you, Dr. Manion, when you see it?

DR. BILL MANION, M.D., MEDICAL EXAMINER, BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ: Well, this is a type of overkill that involves a person that knows this person intimately. And I also noted the medical examiner did a rape exam on the deceased. He wanted to make sure that he hadn`t been the victim of some homosexual rage act which we sometimes see when a person is upset about, you know, having a homosexual relationship and then, you know, becomes sober and becomes more -- becomes more real and then decides to take revenge on the victim. So he even did a sex attack --

COSBY: Because, Dr. Manion, it was so powerful and just so violent, right?

MANION: Exactly. Exactly. And the medical examiner even said it was a deep, forceful slice across the throat. I mean, to cut the airway completely and then to hit the carotid, all that blood splatter you see there on the sink and mirror is blood spurting from the carotid artery that`s just been severed.

COSBY: It`s just heartbreaking. I can`t even imagine what his family went through and friends who were there in court today.

You know, C.W. Jensen, when you see this, one of the things that surprised me, the authorities were saying at first they thought it was more than one attacker. This is before they zoomed in on Jodi Arias, because it was so brutal.

JENSEN: Right. The doctor would know, obviously, better than me. I`ve been to a whole lot of autopsies but he`s done a whole lot more than I`ve done. And so I -- you know, he could -- the medical examiner oftentimes can kind of tell when the wound happened, when the gunshot wound happened first. To me it kind of makes sense that she would shoot him and then in that rage that you talked to with some of the other guests that she tore him with, you know, a bladed weapon and cut his throat.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

COSBY: And we remember American hero, Army Staff Sgt. Rusty Christian, 24 from Greenville, Tennessee, killed in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals and an Army Achievement Medal. He loved football, baseball and playing drums, and leaves behind parents Michael and Donna, stepfather Jim, brother Aaron, widow Amber, and children Taylor and Gavin.

Rusty Christian, American hero.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: He wouldn`t allow me to not answer his text message. If I didn`t respond, he would keep calling and keep calling until I did. I took it as a compliment.

NANCY GRACE, HLN HOST: She loves the limelight.

ARIAS: My mug shot. I did a little tilt on my head and gave a little smile. I knew it would be all over the Internet, so why not?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

COSBY: And let`s continue with the callers. Lisa from Canada, you`re on the line. What`s your question?

LISA, CALLER FROM CANADA: Hello, Rita. Thank you. Can I please ask you or someone else, is it possible that in prison that there is a therapist where they can talk to the person that has been charged with the crime to see what really happened?

COSBY: That`s an interesting question. Bonnie Druker, what do you think? What are you hearing?

DRUKER: I have not heard that one yet. But I`m assuming there`s some that they can. I mean, usually in prison some people sometimes get those services. But I`m not sure. I haven`t heard anything about Jodi Arias.

COSBY: All we know is she keeps singing and singing and singing. Let`s go to Cindy from Mississippi. You`re on the line. What`s your question?

Let`s go to Cindy again. Are you there, Cindy?

CINDY, CALLER: Yes.

COSBY: Yes, what`s your question real quick?

CINDY: Yes, I was wondering, I know there is a considerable difference in size between her and the victim. I was wondering, how does the prosecution stand on how she supposedly overtook him and committed the crime?

COSBY: Great question. Beth Karas, it is surprising because cops even thought two people did it, right, Beth?

KARAS: Yes, but what we learned yesterday, and I know I don`t have a long time to explain it, but what we learned yesterday is the state believed that as she was taking very tasteful photos of him in the shower, one of the photos is he`s crouching down in the shower and that`s when she stabbed him in the heart and that`s when the struggle began. And she slit his throat on his way into the bedroom. They were struggling in the hallway.

COSBY: Amazing when you overpower him at that point. Incredible.

And coming up next, everyone. "WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" ABC`s hit hidden camera show.

See you tomorrow night, everybody, 8:00 p.m. sharp Eastern Time, and have a terrific evening, everyone.

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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL

Shocking Testimony in Jodi Arias Trial so Far

Aired January 4, 2013 - 19:00   ET


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JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST: Tonight, will Jodi Arias`s sexually- charged defense possibly sway some jurors that her violent actions, stabbing her ex-boyfriend 29 times and shooting him in the face, were not acts of jealous rage, but rather self-defense?

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight, is the case against Jodi Arias really as open and shut as most experts believe? Or could her stunning claims that her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, sexually degraded her be enough to sway one juror in this death penalty case? We`ll debate it tonight in our in-depth coverage of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias.

And later, why is "Jackass" and "Killer Karaoke" star Steve-O on a life-and-death mission? He`ll tell us on this show tonight.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She took the knife and began to stab him when he was in that defenseless sitting position.

JENNIFER WILLMOTT, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Travis grabbed her and spun her around. Afraid that he was going to hurt her, Jodi was actually relieved when all he did was bend her over the desk.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You ever been back in town?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Photographs from a digital camera that told a different story.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I had an immediate suspicion that it was Jodi who had done this.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There was a print left on the wall in blood that led investigators to Jodi Arias.

JODI ARIAS, ON TRIAL FOR MURDER: I would be shaking in my boots right now if I had to answer to God for a heinous crime.

WILLMOTT: In reality, Jodi was Travis` dirty little secret.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, an extraordinary first week in the Jodi Arias trial as sex, secrets, and graphic crime-scene photos spill out in the courtroom.

Good evening. I`m Jane Velez-Mitchell.

The beautiful 32-year-old photographer is accused of stabbing her ex- boyfriend, Travis Alexander, 29 times, slitting his throat from ear to ear and shooting him in the face. The testimony has stunned the courtroom. Jodi`s defense team claims Travis and Jodi engaged in kinky sex and role- playing sex games. Listen to this, and we have to warn you, it is explicit.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WILLMOTT: As Travis would explain to Jodi, oral sex really isn`t as much of a sin for him as vaginal sex. And so he was able to convince her to give him oral sex. And later in their relationship, Travis would tell her that anal sex really isn`t much of a sin compared to vaginal sex. And so he was able to persuade her to allow him to have anal sex with her.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Meantime, the prosecution showed jurors very disturbing photos, like this one of the crime scene. And it shows the victim Travis in his shower just after he was murdered and the bloody and violent scene prosecutors say that Jodi Arias tried unsuccessfully to clean up. And the jurors heard Jodi`s web of lies from her own lips when prosecutors say they played a police phone interview. Listen to this litany of lies.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS (via phone): Was there -- was there like any kind of weapons used here? Or was there -- was there a gun? He had his tires slashed. I don`t remember when it was. It was last year sometime around Christmas, I think.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That was around April that you last saw him, right?

ARIAS: Early April.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You haven`t -- you haven`t been back in town since then?

ARIAS: No, I haven`t at all.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: At the heart of this trial, the jurors have to decide, was this woman forced to kill in self-defense? Or is she a calculated killer who drove more than 1,000 miles from northern California to Arizona with a gun to kill a man she thought was humiliating her?

Straight out to "In Session" correspondent Beth Karas. You`ve been in court for all this trial. What has been the most compelling piece of evidence or testimony so far?

BETH KARAS, CORRESPONDENT, TRUTV`S "IN SESSION": Well, you know, Jane, probably the most compelling, since it is the state`s case, a series of photographs the state introduced basically transporting the jurors back in time to June 9, 2008, when the crime scene was discovered, when Travis Alexander`s body was discovered. They were graphic, they were gruesome, and they show a real violent fight for his life. That`s probably the most compelling of the first few days.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, the trial has been on for two days. As you mentioned, jurors saw these extremely gory photos from the crime scene. And we`ll showing you just a small sampling out of respect for the victim.

Jurors left the courtroom two days in a row with these -- that is the victim right there, in the shower. OK. That is his elbow right there next to the tub. You`re seeing some of the bloody photos. There`s a very, very bloody sink. There`s blood all over the place.

I`ve got to say, Holly Hughes, criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, some say that this is one of the most open-and-shut cases they`ve ever seen. The forensic evidence is compelling, overwhelming. Her palm print is found in the crime scene with her blood mixed with the victim, Travis Alexander`s blood.

There`s this camera. They take photos of themselves in sexual positions before the murder. Then there`s, according to prosecutors, scattered photos as the actual killing is happening where she`s accidentally hitting the camera and it clicks. And there`s a photo of him dead. It`s a caught-on-tape crime.

Is this the ultimate open-and-shut case? Or is there no such thing as an open-and-shut case?

HOLLY HUGHES, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Well, I think we all know there`s no such thing as an open-and-shut case, Jane. And the problem is, yes, this is a horrific scene, and these are bloody details, but we know she was there. So finding her blood mixed with his blood and her palm print, that`s not the question. The question for these jurors is going to be why did this happen?

And the state has a problem, in my opinion, because their theory is inconsistent. They say up front she`s very calculating and methodical. She planned this. She dyed her hair. She rented a car. She drove 1,000 miles. But the killing is not at all calculated. If she`s going there to murder someone who she hates, I`ve looked at the autopsy, Jane. There are no stab wounds to the face and no stab wounds to the genitalia...

VELEZ-MITCHELL: There`s a shot to the face.

HUGHES: This is not planned -- OK, but that -- after everything is said and done, this is a frenzied attack. If she was planning on killing a man because he dumped her and humiliated her, you would expect to see, as we have and many others, stab wounds in the face to obliterate this person that humiliated her and in the genitalia, because he treated her so poorly. That`s not what we have.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me bring in Jon Lieberman.

JON LIEBERMAN, HLN CONTRIBUTOR: Perhaps the only question is in this case -- it`s not whether she did it. It`s not whether she`s guilty. I said this months ago right from this chair.

This defense believes she`s going to be found guilty. It`s just a matter of trying to keep her off of Death Row.

And Holly brought up one interesting and good point, in my opinion. And that is was this a pre-meditated murder? Or did she end up murdering him after they get into some sort of argument there at the house?

But here`s where I think the defense is going wrong. The defense is attacking the victim`s credibility. This victim who we see in the crime scene photos is lying there dead. Well, the fact of the matter is, Jodi Arias has no credibility at all. She is seen lying, heard lying. I don`t know how many more ways she could have lied in this case.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: You know what that reminds me of? Mike Brooks, HLN law enforcement analyst, Casey Anthony. We all know what happened in that case. Convicting somebody of lying is not the same thing as convicting them of murder.

And I will say that it would seem that, just like there were wild cards in that case and one of them was the defendant`s attractiveness and the sexual component, the dirty dancing, et cetera, sex appears to be the wild card in this case, too, Mike Brooks.

MIKE BROOKS, HLN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: It does. But you know, you`re looking to that conversation with the lead detective and Jodi Arias on June 10.

I was listening to that, Jane. And the first time I`ve heard that, Jane, I said, who does this sound like? Lying to the officer, very calm, very chatty. Who did it seem like? Casey Anthony. But, we know what that jury came back with. And all it takes is one, one in this case here, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. That`s the thing. And I do believe that there is no such thing as an open-and-shut case.

BROOKS: No.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Because I`ve sat in so many courtrooms where everybody -- literally, I`m surrounded by reporters in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial who -- who essentially called me an idiot, because I said, no, I think that there may be a chance. And of course, Michael Jackson was acquitted.

This sexual angle is fascinating, because sex is such a core issue that affects people in such wildly different ways.

Now, it appears from Jodi`s phone call with the lead detective right after the body was found and the defense attorney`s line of questioning that their -- the defense is all about trying to show that this couple was into kinky sex and that he was sort of sexually -- they`re claiming -- don`t blame the messenger -- they`re claiming deviant in some way and that they were into dominant-submissive role playing.

Listen to this from the phone call.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I practically lived there. I spent the night there several times a week when I lived there. I came over, and cleaned his house a lot. He paid me a little bit every month to keep his house nice and clean, sort of like a housekeeper.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing an e-mail from Mr. Alexander to Ms. Arias where he provides her a picture of the French maid outfit that he would like her to don when she cleans his apartment, or his home, excuse me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, doesn`t sound familiar.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jodi`s attorneys also claim Travis made this T-shirt for Jodi that reads "Travis Alexander`s," apostrophe "S." That was his way of saying, according to the defense, that he owned her.
So I want to bring in Dr. Judy Ho, clinical psychologist out of Los Angeles. Yes, on the face of it, kinky sex games between two consenting adults are completely irrelevant to a crime, a violent crime. But sex is that -- that crazy wild card, and you don`t know how it`s going to affect people, because it goes right through the conscious mind into the subconscious.

DR. JUDY HO, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Absolutely. I think what the defense is trying to do here is make an emotional appeal. And what we know is the emotional appeal is much better than the logical appeal. We have the facts. We know that Jodi was at the crime scene. There were photographs. There`s tons of forensic evidence. So there`s not a question of whether or not she actually did this. It`s more just why did she do it?

And by using the sexual angle, that he was degrading her, that there were all of these elements where he was treating her like a possession, it`s really going to maybe shake at least one juror to saying, "You know what? I believe that she did this to protect herself. And because he had treated her so badly, this is why she did this in a time of passion. That this was not premeditated." And that will make a big difference in terms of the sentencing.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: I know a lot of the panelists are shaking their head. We`re just getting started with this debate. More on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: On June 9, 2008, Travis Alexander`s friends discovered his decomposing body in the shower of his master bathroom.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A friend of ours is dead in his bedroom. We hadn`t heard from him for a while. We think he`s dead.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

AARON MORTENSEN, FRIEND OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: Jodi was one of the people that came to that memorial service, which would have been a week after he passed away. And after I had spoken and used some images to -- to kind of talk about Travis and some things that I remembered of him, she came up to me afterwards and was, you know, sad. And then she asked if she could have a digital copy of what I had written and the pictures that I had used to kind of tell the story. And in retrospect, I guess that seems kind of bizarre with everything that we -- that we`ve learned about her since then.

(END VIDEO CLIP)


VELEZ-MITCHELL: That young man who spoke with us exclusively on this show last night, a good friend of Travis Alexander`s who said that he was doing the best he can to be an upright member of society that he was an inspirational friend and motivational speaker.

He was a Mormon. And according to the Mormon religion, he was supposed to remain sexually abstinent until marriage.

And this is something that the defense keeps honing in on, as if hypocrisy, even if he is a hypocrite -- I don`t know. But even if he was a hypocrite, the penalty for that is not being murdered.

The defense claimed that Travis tied Jodi up. We don`t know if Travis tied Jodi up. That`s what the defense claims. But both sides agree they did have sex the day that he was murdered.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WILLMOTT: She knew that the one thing that calms his temper the quickest is sex. So as she`s telling him, "It`s OK, I`ll fix it, don`t worry," Travis grabbed her and spun her around. Afraid that he was going to hurt her, Jodi was actually relieved when all he did was bend her over the desk.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: If a woman is willingly engaged in sexually-degrading sex with a lover -- this is two consenting adults -- while that lover`s pursuing some kind of good and pure woman -- we`re going to get to that in a minute -- well, that may be a problem for her. But that doesn`t justify homicide.

Now, Shanna Hogan, you`re a journalist and a true crime author. You`re writing a book about this case.

A lot of the defense seems to be trying to paint the victim, who`s not here to defend himself, as some kind of hypocrite that, you know, he`s a practicing Mormon but yet he`s having, secretly, sex with this woman who`s accused now of killing him.

You`ve talked to Mormons in the community or people in that area. What are they saying about this Mormon angle?

SHANNA HOGAN, JOURNALIST: You know, I really didn`t expect the Mormon angle to be played up as much in court as -- as it is being. You know, I thought maybe, if he ended up killing her because he was trying to hide this secret sexual tryst, maybe that made sense.

But, you know, the defense really came out with this whole he was sinning, so that makes him a bad person. But the prosecution has countered that and said, "You know what? Was she a Mormon, too? Did she convert?" Because she was sinning, too. There`s no double standard with that.

But what I`ve learned in the Mormon church is that, you know, when you sin, if you have a sexual indiscretion, you -- there`s ways to repent for that and to make amends and to get back into the church. And what we know about Travis is that he was actually not allowed in the temple. He was not what they consider temple worthy for a while. And that was likely because of his sexual indiscretions with Jodi. So he was trying to make amends for that towards the end of his life.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Mike Brooks, HLN law enforcement analyst. We`ve covered so many trials. I mean, seems like they`re throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. And now they`re trying to bring his religion. They have brought his religion, the victim`s religion into this.

And again, well, who -- who amongst us lives a perfect life?

BROOKS: Nobody.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But in any case, what does that have to do with her killing him in this vicious way?

BROOKS: Well, it has absolutely nothing. But what they`re trying to say is that he was so controlling, you know, when they talked about, oh, having sex this way or having sex that way, you know, isn`t a sin in the Mormon religion.

I mean, they have to walk a fine line here, though, Jane, because how is that going to play if you`re constantly berating the victim here and you look at the pictures of this crime scene? You know, how is that going to play the jury? And they`re going to say, you know what? I don`t care what religion you are. A lot of things go on behind closed doors that people don`t want other people to know about.

But did he -- did she kill him because she was trying to defend herself and she was in fear of her life? I don`t think it`s going to fly.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jon Lieberman.

LIEBERMAN: I know. And here`s the other thing. There are going to be witnesses that testify that she was the one that continued to pursue him, as well. You`re going to hear a lot of that in this case. All of this is just a smoke screen. Their sex life isn`t on trial. This is a murder trial.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But Holly Hughes, criminal defense attorney, it is a wild card. Because people do not always reason logically. Ninety-nine percent of all communication is nonverbal.

And as you mentioned, all it takes is her -- and she`s sobbing. I think we have some video of her sobbing. She`s been sobbing since the opening statement. Every time the camera goes on her, she`s sobbing, it seems. And that has an emotional impact on the jurors.

Who knows what their life history is, vis-a-vis maybe being dumped, maybe being humiliated by a lover at one point in their lives, and whether that resonates with them.

HUGHES: And what I think the defense is trying to do here is not so much put the victim on trial as show that he was one way in public. He had a public persona. All of his friends said he was a good Mormon man. He had all this great moral character.

And what the defense needs to do in order to corroborate the self- defense is say, "Yes, that`s fine. He was that way out front." But behind closed doors, like we`ve talked about multiple times, we know -- and the defense will be calling a domestic violence expert later on to say you can be very different when you`re in a sexual relationship than the person you show to be.

So I find it interesting that, when the prosecution puts in all of her bad stuff, it`s evidence. When the defense puts in his own words, his e- mails, they`re not calling it evidence. All of a sudden they`re calling it character assassination.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And we`re going to play some of those e-mails and some more sound of this extraordinary trial on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I didn`t commit a murder. I didn`t hurt Travis. I would never hurt Travis. I would never harm him physically. I may have hurt him emotionally, and I`ll always regret that.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

WILLMOTT: Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander. There is no question about it. The million-dollar question is what would`ve forced her to do it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jodi Arias has shown a brazen streak during this entire trial. She`s there putting on make-up before giving national interviews behind bars. She`s joined singing contests.

But perhaps her most brazen mood was to call the lead detective right after Travis` body was discovered by his friends and offer police assistance. She even tells cops, who recorded the phone call, he might want to check out one of Travis` former roommates as a suspect.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: You might want to talk to a guy named Thomas Brown. And I don`t think that -- honestly, I haven`t seen or heard from him since he was kicked out. I think his last name was Brown. I can try to find him.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Given that Jodi has now admitted that she killed Travis in self-defense, to me, Beth Karas, this strikes me as particularly sinister that she seems to be proactively trying to point the finger at an innocent man. How does that undermine her claim that she killed in self- defense, because Travis was getting rough with her?

KARAS: Well, it undermines it a lot. I really don`t know what her explanation is going to be. Maybe we`ll hear it from the domestic violence expert who will give some explanation of why an abused victim would -- would lie the way she did.

I mean, she had two vastly different stories before finally asserting self-defense in June of 2010, two months -- two years after she was arrested. You know, she first said she hadn`t seen him, and then she said she was there and two intruders did it. Why isn`t she saying she was fearful of him? I guess maybe she thought the worst would happen -- what has happened, that she would be charged with murder and all and, you know, few people are believing her self-defense.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, Holly Hughes, this is the big problem for her. I mean, not just the overwhelming forensic evidence, the caught-on-tape murder on camera, but the fact that not only is she lying, but goes out of her way to try to point the finger at an innocent man. Is that going to wipe out any sympathy that she may have garnered from telling these stories about being sexually humiliated, allegedly?

HUGHES: Not completely, but it is a big hurdle for the defense. It`s kind of like when you walk in and the cookie jar shattered in the kitchen, and you say to your kid, "Did you do that when you were stealing cookies?"

"No, no, no, no. I didn`t do it. My friend Jason did it when he was over after school."

Then you start to show them evidence. You go, "You don`t have a friend Jason."

Oops. OK, I need to change my story.

Then, "Grandma says you weren`t doing your homework like you were supposed to. You were in the kitchen."

Then when you start to hit them with all this evidence, the kid has to admit the truth, and he says, "Well, you know what, Mom? I wasn`t stealing cookies. I was throwing the football in the house, and that`s when I broke the jar."

So they`re going to have to explain why she`s doing this. And I think the domestic violence expert they have on hand will explain.

You know, she`s very immature, Jane, putting on make-up, doing all these interviews. I think this was an immature, scared reaction, and I think the expert is going to be the best one to talk about it.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Selin Darkalstanian, HLN producer, you`ve been in court monitoring reaction. What`s the buzz in the courthouse? I mean, we were stunned watching this feed on tape and seeing some of this incredible testimony and graphic testimony, graphic photos. What`s the reaction in the court and around the court?

SELIN DARKALSTANIAN, HLN PRODUCER: The courtroom was very, very tense. You could hear a pin drop yesterday as all these numerous photos of the house and the crime scene were shown.

You have to understand, the jury is sitting there, and Travis Alexander`s family has the first two rows of the courtroom. So the jury can see Travis Alexander`s family in clear view crying, sobbing, hugging each other, holding each other, and they can see everything going on in the courtroom in clear view.

So it`s very tense. It`s very, very emotional. And the jury is very into it, by the way. They are leaning forward in their chairs. They`re listening. They`re looking at the photos. They`re listening to the phone conversations. They are looking around the room. They`re looking at Jodi. So they`re very into this.

And I have to say, there hasn`t been one dull moment in this case since this trial started two days ago.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And I will also say that you can never predict what a juror is really thinking.

On the other side, we`ll debate more.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I witnessed Travis being attacked by two other individuals.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Who?
ARIAS: I don`t know who they were. I couldn`t pick them out in a police lineup.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So what happened?

ARIAS: They came into his home and attacked us both.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi Arias crying again and she was hiding her face.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She sounded dangerous. She had broken into his e-mail accounts, his bank accounts, she would sneak into his house through the doggie door.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A series of graphic bloody photographs of Travis Alexander`s master bathroom that suggests a horrific and violent fight for his life.

JODI ARIAS, ON TRIAL FOR MURDER OF TRAVIS ALEXANDER: I just wanted to offer any assistance. I was a really good friend of Travis`. I heard that he was -- that he passed away.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They stared and they took notes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi Arias killed Travis Alexander. The million dollar question is what would`ve forced her to do it?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HLN HOST: And the jurors saw extraordinarily graphic photos. You`re seeing photos of Travis Alexander in the shower, dead. And Jodi Arias who admits she killed him but says it was self- defense apparently tries to clean up the crime scene, but it`s unsuccessful because there is blood found everywhere -- overwhelming forensic evidence.

And her palm print is found at the scene and the blood is hers and the victim`s mixed together. What could be better evidence than that? Oh, how about the murder caught on tape? And prosecutors say the camera was accidentally clicked -- accidentally clicked revealing the moment of the killing.

The lead investigator reveals some sexually explicit and degrading messages that the victim, Travis Alexander, had sent Jodi during an argument they had. This is the other side of the coin. Is this going to have an impact? We have to warn you, the wording is very graphic, but this is what was said in open court.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you remember seeing e-mails in which Mr. Alexander referred to Miss Arias as a quote, "(EXPLETIVE DELETED)"?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a slut?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a whore?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But the prosecution pointed out, the only reason Travis wrote those words is because they said he felt that Jodi was sexually degrading him -- again, some graphic material.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JUAN MARTINEZ, PROSECUTOR: With regard to that reference involving that particular comment, why was that comment made as indicated in that document?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: References to being used sexually by Miss Arias.

MARTINEZ: What is he saying?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Specifically, let me read it from here. "I think I was little more than a (EXPLETIVE DELETED) with a heartbeat to you."

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Dr. Judy Ho, clinical psychologist, what impact is all this sexual testimony going to have? I see it kind of as like a metaphorical hand grenade thrown into the case to confuse people. And when I see confusion in a jury, I often see reasonable doubt. What say you?

DR. JUDY HO, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: You`re absolutely right. I think what`s happening now is because they`re throwing this sexual -- sort of like a grenade like you just described, they`re really taking the issue away from what the main topic is here in this case. They`re trying to get the jurors really riled up, really emotional. They`re confusing them. And it`s going to be really difficult when you really talk about what reasonable doubt means when they get to that point, when they`re deliberating.

And it only takes one person to respond to something somewhere in the case, and it could be from their personal experience, it could be that they saw Jodi crying. Something could happen and one juror will say, "You know what; I think that something is different. I really don`t know if I feel comfortable saying that Jodi did this as a premeditated murder." And then that will change everything.

(CROSSTALK)

JON LEIBERMAN, HLN CONTRIBUTOR: Here`s a couple things. Yes, it only takes one juror. But let me tell you this, there`s no link between all this sex stuff and acting in self-defense. In my opinion, the only way to reach even one juror to raise reasonable doubt is to put Jodi on the stand. They`re going to have to hear from her. They`re going to have to feel something for her.

But, of course, the problem with doing that from the defense`s viewpoint is the prosecution is going to rip her apart because her repeated lies. But I truly believe the only way, the only chance in the world that they have with even one juror is to put her on the stand and let her tell how she felt threatened in those final moments and see if it flies. I don`t think it will.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. Frankly, I think that all this sex talk actually could backfire on the defense and prove the prosecution`s point that she killed him in a premeditated fashion because she was furious that he was having sex with her but didn`t consider her marriage material. To wit, the prosecution`s very first witness was a Mormon woman Travis was pursuing before he died and had even planned to take this woman on a trip to Mexico that he had won. Listen to her.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MARIE HALL, TRAVIS ALEXANDER`S FRIEND: Even a few weeks before, like before we went, again, I told him, "Travis, maybe you should take somebody else to Cancun with you." And there wasn`t anyone else that he wanted to take.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: The woman on the left, Mimi Hall, told Travis she just wanted to be friends but Travis seemed to want a relationship with her. Meanwhile, he`s having sex with Jodi but doesn`t want to take her on vacation and doesn`t seem to consider her marriage material.

Beth Karas, essentially, are we talking about -- you know, unfortunately, these old sayings and these cliches have a grain of truth in them and that`s why they become cliches, sort of like the good girl/bad girl syndrome.


BETH KARAS, CORRESPONDENT, TRUTV: You know, there`s no question that Travis Alexander had to have been conflicted inside. Because it may not be a double life, but he did have a lot of sex with Jodi Arias and he was grappling with that. And he considered himself no longer temple-worthy, which is what Mimi hall testified to. She said she didn`t ask Travis what he meant by that, but now we know. It maybe he considered himself not temple-worthy in his faith because of the way he had been conducting himself.

And the defense says that Travis Alexander flew into a rage just seconds before Jodi Arias killed him because she dropped his brand new digital camera. She`d been taking photos. But the state says, oh, no, no, no -- she took a series of photos.

The last photo, he`s sort of crouched in a pose in the shower and that`s when the state says she took the opportunity to drive a knife into his heart. And he had cuts on his hand --

LEIBERMAN: Yes.

KARAS: -- he probably grabbed the blade. He was alive, he wasn`t shot at that point and he fought her and then, you know, he had his throat slit and was shot at the end.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: In an eerie irony, less than a month before Travis` death he blogged about dating and, quote, "trying to find out if my date has an axe murderer penned up inside her." That`s very, very bizarre and sad. He also talks about how he liked and even relished being single in his 20s and used to imagine himself as someone dangerously handsome, a tycoon in "Time" magazine, but that right before his death he realized it was time to adjust my priorities with marriage in mind.

So Shanna Hogan, could this prove the state`s case that Jodi was in a jealous rage because she wasn`t considered marriage material even though he had sex with her?

SHANNA HOGAN, TRUE CRIME AUTHOR (via telephone): Oh my God, absolutely. I`ve said from the beginning that I think the defense`s case is almost putting a motive for why she murdered him. They`re painting her as kind of a jealous person who was a sexual toy. And what more better reason is there for murdering someone than being used and abused throughout this relationship? And then at the end being told that, you know what, you were never marriage material to begin with.

And I`ve also said from the beginning, I think that there -- I know Arizona juries, I don`t know outside of the state juries. I cover Arizona cases. I don`t think that there`s an Arizona jury that will not find her guilty. But I don`t think they`ll sentence her to death.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, we`ve got a lot of predictions. We are all over this case. We`re covering it every single day. So keep it here, 7:00 p.m. Eastern for the latest on the Jodi Arias case.

And just minutes from now don`t miss "NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES". Check out Nancy`s take on the first two days of the Jodi Arias trial. Stay tuned for that 8:00 p.m. Eastern right here on HLN.

And coming up next, we`ve got an unbelievable guest. He`s very famous, and he`s got a message for you. Stay right there.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: We`re all over the Jodi Arias case 7:00 p.m. Eastern -- every detail of this extraordinary case. The crime scene photos, the audiotapes recorded by police, the incriminating comments that the defendant made. Keep it here for the latest from court.

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NANCY GRACE

Nancy Grace Mysteries -- Jodi Arias

Aired January 4, 2013 - 20:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JODI ARIAS, CHARGED WITH MURDER: I didn`t hurt Travis. I would never hurt Travis. I would never harm him physically.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The petite 28-year-old is accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

ARIAS: I wouldn`t use obsession. I would say -- I don`t know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: His neck had been slashed from ear to ear.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He had been stabbed 27 times and shot in the face.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you kill Travis Alexander?

ARIAS: Absolutely not. No, I had no part in it.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Police say DNA evidence, including a bloody palm print, found at the scene links Jodi Arias to the murder.

ARIAS: There is an explanation for that. It doesn`t prove that I committed a murder. And I didn`t commit a murder.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

NANCY GRACE, HOST: I think what has intrigued so many people, so many court watchers, so many legal eagles with the Jodi Arias case is, in part, the physicality of the defendant, Jodi Arias. Many people -- not me, but many people believe that she is beautiful, extremely attractive, very sensual and charismatic.

And as a matter of fact, it`s not just physically that that seems to be her description, but apparently she, used her femininity to, let me say, stalk the victim in this case. In this case, Travis Alexander, also a motivational speaker, highly charismatic, successful, physically attractive, educated. He seemed to have it all, as did she.

JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL, HOST, "ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL": This is an absolutely fascinating case because of the contrast between the defendant -- demure, beautiful, petite, soft-spoken -- and the horrific nature of this crime, almost 30 stab wounds, gunshot, blood everywhere. How do you reconcile those two?

And then there`s the back story of the sex as caught on camera. Then there`s her arrogance, pronouncing to the world that, No jury is ever going to convict me. It`s unbelievable!

ELLIE JOSTAD, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: I think what`s so interesting about the Jodi Arias case is that here you have a woman, who from outward appearances, seems to really have it together. She`s obviously beautiful. You have a victim who`s also this young, handsome, accomplished guy, and it`s a story that people can really relate to.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I lived in Palm Desert, California. He lived in Mesa. So our friendship was really over the phone. Every night, you know, when all was said and done, when his day`s work was done and my day`s work was done, you know, he would inevitably call. And we would talk for a while, anywhere from, you know, a half hour, or sometimes it would end up being four hours. Then we`d fall asleep. And things like that. And then, you know, with time, it just kind of progressed into a little bit more and a little bit more until we decided to make it more official.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE)

ARIAS: No, we never lived together, actually. I spent a lot of time at his house and we spent a lot of time traveling. But no, he had all male roommates.

(END VIDEO CLIP)
JOSTAD: It`s a breakup gone -- if the prosecutors are to be believed, it`s a breakup gone horribly, horribly wrong. You have Jodi Arias, who allegedly wanted to continue this relationship with Travis and wouldn`t take no for an answer, and essentially just started stalking him, started reading his e-mails and his text messages -- I mean, Sort of the typical horror story for anybody that`s had a bad breakup where the ex just kind of won`t go away.

GRACE: Police, authorities, believe that Travis Alexander was murdered five days before the discovery of his body. His body was found completely naked, crumpled up in an extremely odd position in the bottom of the shower in his five-bedroom luxury home.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, my God!

911 OPERATOR: 911 emergency.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes?

911 OPERATOR: OK. What`s going on?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What?

911 OPERATOR: What`s going on?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A friend of ours is dead in his bedroom. We hadn`t heard from him for a while. We think he`s dead. His roommate just went in there and said there`s lots of blood. I didn`t go in, but I can give you the phone to someone who went in there.

911 OPERATOR: Yes, please, can you?

(END AUDIO CLIP)

JOSTAD: It turned out that his roommates -- he had a large house and had a couple of guys that rented rooms from him -- turned out they hadn`t seen him in a while, either. They actually thought that he was out of town on business, something like that.
So when the friends decided they really needed to figure out where Travis was, his bedroom was locked. They were able to find a key and get in there. And they were the ones who discovered the body.

He was found in the shower in his bathroom. He`d obviously been dead a while. There was blood all over the bedroom and the bathroom. There were signs of a violent struggle, blood splatter, pooling blood, dried blood.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: This was an extraordinarily violent crime, and it starts out in the shower. And authorities say that Jodi Arias shoots Travis in the face, but he`s still conscious. It disorients him. And then he takes off running.

He manages to get down a hallway, and then another confrontation occurs, and that is where authorities believe Jodi Arias begins stabbing, stabbing Travis repeatedly, and at one point, right through the chest. That is believed to be possibly the fatal wound.

She also allegedly slices his throat ear to ear. And then authorities believe she takes the body back to the shower and rinses Travis`s body off.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello.

911 OPERATOR: Hi. So what`s going on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s -- he`s dead. He`s in his bedroom, in the shower.

911 OPERATOR: OK. How did this happen? Do you have any idea?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. We have no idea. Everyone`s been wondering about him for a few days.

911 OPERATOR: OK, well, she said that there`s blood. So is it coming from his head? Did he cut...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, it`s all over the place.

911 OPERATOR: Is there any weapons around?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don`t know. Not that I saw.

911 OPERATOR: How many people are in the house?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There -- how many of us are in the house right now, just the five of us? Five of us.

911 OPERATOR: OK. I need all of you outside.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Outside. OK, we`re going outside.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

GRACE: Five days had passed. Interesting, when police found his body, his body had not only been positioned in that location -- staged, as we call it -- but he had also been bathed postmortem. Apparently, according to police, Jodi Arias gets warm water and she bathes the bloody body of her lover, Travis Alexander, as he lies there crumpled up in the bottom of the shower stall.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: And there was a sense of uncertainty at times and a sense of excitement and there was an excitement about the future. And we just had a lot of fun together, and it was one of those things where it was very fun while it lasted. And when we decided to break things off and become just friends, we continued to be friends. And that`s just how it went.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Five days pass. A woman who was supposed to leave the next morning following the murder with Alexander on a trip to Cancun was highly suspicious because he never showed up. They didn`t go. Days pass, and friends finally enter the home. Another friend tells them the code, how to get in, and they`re all there together. They go into the home.

They immediately are hit with a stench. They know something is horribly wrong. They begin to see blood in the home.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

911 OPERATOR: What`s her name, Tracy?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jodi. I don`t know her last name, but...

911 OPERATOR: Anyone know her last name?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Does anyone know Jodi`s last name? Taylor might, the best friend, but he`s not here. He`s on his way here.

911 OPERATOR: OK.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And the (INAUDIBLE) just got here.

911 OPERATOR: OK. There should be an officer arriving, as well.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK. Are you a police officer?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I am.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK, he`s here.

911 OPERATOR: OK, I`ll go ahead and let you go.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: OK, thank you.

911 OPERATOR: Thank you. Bye-bye.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bye.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

GRACE: They call 191 upon the discovery of Travis`s body, and within that 911 call it`s very compelling that even in that call, they say that there`s a girl, a girl that`s been stalking Travis, a girl named Jodi.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

GRACE: Jodi Arias meets Travis Alexander at a conference that takes place in Vegas. Where else? And they immediately steam up. They fall in love, and only when the flame burns out about five months later do they somewhat break it off.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: We met at the Rain Forest cafe in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How long ago was that?

ARIAS: It was in September of 2006.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What was it about him when you saw him that kind of drew you to him?

ARIAS: There wasn`t really any initial magnetic attraction. At the time, I shook his hand, and he said, Hi, I`m Travis. I said, Hi, I`m Jodi. And his name was just another of many names that I had to remember. I was meeting hundreds of people that weekend. We were all there for a big convention.

And so it was right after I had finished eating with a group of people, and we got up and shook hands with a few people. He was among them. And then we began to walk throughout the casino.

And he made it a point to keep walking next to me and keep me engaged in conversation. And we just -- you know, by the time we made it around to the big gold lion in front of the lobby, we just -- we had discovered a couple of common interests, and that sort of thing.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Travis and Jodi Arias met way back in 2006 at a convention. And he`s this handsome salesman and motivational speaker, and she`s this beautiful aspiring photographer. And they click. There was this instant connection.

But it was several months later that they officially started going out. And almost immediately, friends became concerned, friends of Travis, saying that this woman came on too strong, too fast, seemed obsessed with Travis.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: He was very uplifting, very uplifting person. He had every -- he knew every one of my buttons. He could bring me up or down, you know, at the drop of a hat. But mostly, he brought me up.

(END VIDEO CLIP)


VELEZ-MITCHELL: They exchanged something like 82,000 e-mails. They talked on the phone a lot. So it was a very intense relationship. And then when they broke up, they didn`t really break up. Their relationship just went underground. It became a toxic secret.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Our relationship, it was just an average -- I don`t want to save average. Nothing is average with Travis. But any problems that we had, they occurred really right toward the end, and that signaled the end of our relationship. It`s nothing that we continued to dwell on and try to work out.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What was the one thing that finally you said, This is it?

ARIAS: It was -- it was just a breach of trust.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JOSTAD: So Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander met in 2006 at a conference, a work conference. And they kept in touch, even though she was living in northern California, he was living in Arizona. They were going to visit each other, once the relationship got more serious, at sort of the halfway point between the two of their homes.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: We hung out throughout the weekend, had a lot of fun, exchanged phone numbers. And it was one of those things where I didn`t expect him to call, but he called me the very next day. And so I was, like, Oh, hi. And you know, we just -- he`s a good conversationalist. He just kept me engaged in conversation constantly. And you know, he wanted to know about me, and people like to talk about themselves. So you know, it was just -- one thing led to another and we became great friends.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JOSTAD: But you know, Travis Alexander`s friends say it was clear that he didn`t intend to marry Jodi Arias and that he didn`t really see a future in this relationship.


However, his friends and Travis Alexander`s family believed that Jodi Arias did consider this a serious relationship. She at one point moved to Arizona to be closer to him. She converted to the Mormon faith in order to be closer to him. He was a devout Mormon.

And there was a real imbalance there. He apparently didn`t see this going anywhere, and Jodi Arias had big plans for their relationship.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was there jealousy on the (INAUDIBLE)

ARIAS: I would say, on my end, not so much jealousy, maybe a sense of insecurity. But that`s just me. On his end, sometimes. I don`t think it was warranted, but I took it as a compliment.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Here`s the kicker. They never really break it off. They continue a sex-only relationship after that. Travis Alexander is clearly dating and pursuing other women, while in contrast, Jodi Arias picks up and moves nearly 300 miles to be closer to Travis Alexander in her bid to win him back.

Not only that, she even converts to Mormonism in an attempt to become Mrs. Travis Alexander.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

GRACE: There are reams of photos of the two of them naked in provocative positions, I guess during sex. Then apparently, the afternoon passes. And then the next thing you know, three or four hours later, there`s suddenly more photos. There are timestamps on the photos in this digi-cam. Of course, it`s gone through the wash cycle, but all cops do is take out the sim card, and there are all the photos.

JOSTAD: This is something that I don`t think I`ve ever heard of in a murder case. There were pictures on that camera of the victim right before his death, and then a picture of him after his death.

GRACE: So several hours pass, and there`s a new set of photos on the digital camera. And the first one is of Travis Alexander naked, again, in the shower. He`s taking a shower.


The next one, whether taken on purpose or inadvertently, is up. Like, there`s movement, and like when you put a Blackberry or an iPhone in your pocketbook and it`s on the camera icon, and it`s taking cameras of the -- taking photos of the inside of your pocket the whole time.

Apparently, after this one shot of him taking a shower, there`s suddenly movement, inadvertent shots taken from this digital camera. The next one takes shots of him dead.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Well, it`s not -- it`s all public information, but it`s nothing that I`m really comfortable talking about, and it`s nothing that he nor I ever intended to be made public. It`s something that we intended to keep private.

But now that all of this has been thrust under a microscope, everybody knows about it, so part of it -- part of me says why bother trying to skirt around the issue, and the other part of me says, you know, have a little discretion.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Authorities say after the murder, Jodi drives to Utah, where she`s meeting up with a work colleague of Travis`s, a guy that she may have some kind of budding relationship with. And he is very put off by the fact that Jodi is wearing long sleeves. It`s very hot out, and he`s wondering why is she wearing these long sleeves, and then also notices that her hand is bandaged, indicating she may have some cuts underneath that bandage. So very, very suspicious behavior on Jodi`s part.

JOSTAD: We know from the autopsy report that Travis Alexander had numerous cuts and stab wounds all over his body, a gaping wound on his neck.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And then to find out, you know, it was her -- it made me so sick. Like, how creepy is that, that somebody could kill somebody and then act like she didn`t and act like they had this perfect little relationship and go on her Myspace page and post al that stuff of her and him together. And you know, it was actually her that did it. That`s, to me, sick.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: There are 29 stab wounds. One of them, the most horrific, goes from ear to ear in a big smile across his throat. There`s another stab wound almost directly to the heart, multiple stab wounds on his torso.

There is a gunshot wound clearly taken when he was already down, since Arias is shorter than Alexander. The trajectory path reveals that the shot comes in above the right eyebrow and goes downward and lodges -- there`s no exit wound. It lodges in the left cheek.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

GRACE: Even though Jodi Arias, then 27 years old at the time, was very calm, cool and collected when police first question her about Travis Alexander`s death, DNA told a different story. There was a palm print in the home. The palm matched up to Jodi Arias. And the DNA matched not only Arias but Travis Alexander, as well. It was his blood.

That leads police back to Jodi Arias. They`re convinced she was on the scene of the murder. Her response? She asked police could they wait for her to put on makeup and fix her hair before she leaves her place.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Well, I spent a lot of time at his house. But because it`s more than just that kind of DNA, there is an explanation for all of that and that will all be made known very soon.

Again, it doesn`t prove that I committed a murder. And I didn`t commit a murder. I didn`t hurt Travis. I would never hurt Travis. I would never harm him physically. I may have hurt him emotionally, and I`ll always regret that. But you know, the explanation for that will all come out soon.

(END VIDEO CLIP)


VELEZ-MITCHELL: Following up on the tip from friends pointing toward Jodi Arias, authorities examine the evidence, and there`s a lot of forensic evidence. There`s blood, there`s hair, there`s a bloody palm print, there`s fingerprints. And guess who the blood matches up to? Jodi Arias. So there is a bloody palm print with not only her blood but Travis`s blood mixed together, and that is one of the smoking guns in this case.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello. Can I speak to Jodi, please?

ARIAS: This is Jodi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, Jodi, this is Detective Steve Flores (ph) from the Mesa, Arizona, Police Department.

ARIAS: Oh, hey. How are you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good. I just got a message from my patrol officers that you need to talk to me about something.

ARIAS: Well, I just wanted to offer any assistance that I might have. I was a really good friend of Travis`s and...

(END AUDIO CLIP)

GRACE: It wasn`t long after her initial story to police that she knew nothing about Travis`s death, and in fact, she had not been in touch with him very much, that her cell phone had died and had been dead for 10 hours and she was completely out of touch, that her story changed. Her story morphed into her being at the scene of the murder but that she had nothing to do with it.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: Well, there`s a lot of forensics suggesting that I was, you know, in his house. Of the evidence that they presented to me, I was asked the question, If you were presented this evidence and you were a third party, what would you think? And you know, I need to be honest. The evidence is very compelling. But none of it proves that I committed a murder. None of it proves that I committed a crime. What it does substantiate is what I did tell detectives.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: When police first went to question Jodi Arias, she said, Oh, I wasn`t there. I wasn`t anywhere near the crime scene. I haven`t talked to Travis in a couple of months.
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That was around April that you last saw him, right?

ARIAS: Yes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You haven`t been back in town since then?

ARIAS: No, I haven`t at all.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

GRACE: Her second story to police was that she was there in Travis`s home with him when, suddenly, a man and a woman, unbeknownst to her, in disguise, dressed so she could not make an identification -- she would not be able to identify them in a lineup -- suddenly came in, burst into the home, attacked Travis, murdered him brutally and told her that if she went to the cops, she and her family would get the same. That was her second story.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What have you heard so far?

ARIAS: I heard that he was -- that he passed away and that it was -- I don`t know, I`ve heard all kind of rumors. I heard there was a lot of blood. I heard that his roommates found him, or his friends found him or people were -- I`m sorry, it`s all -- I`m upset.

But I heard that nobody was able to get ahold of him for almost a week, and that was about the last time I spoke to him, too, which is actually why I thought I -- my friends said I should call you anyway and let you know the last time I talked to him.

I used to talk to him quite regularly. I used to live there. I live in northern California now. But after I moved -- I moved a few months ago. And after I moved, we just kept in touch very regularly and kind of fell back a little bit, but cut down to a couple times a week, but I haven`t heard from him. I talked to him on Tuesday night. I looked at my phone records on the Internet to check, and I definitely talked to him on Tuesday night.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JOSTAD: Jodi Arias gave -- well, is going to give, we believe, yet another version of what really happened the day that Travis Alexander was killed. We know that she first said she hadn`t seen Travis Alexander in a while. Then when confronted with evidence that she was indeed in the home with him around the time he was killed, she then said, you know, No, it was these masked intruders that broke in, tried to kill us both. I barely got away.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I really don`t remember the day at all. I just remember when I got the phone call. And it was late, 10:30, I think.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who called you.

ARIAS: A mutual friend of ours.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And what did he or she say?

ARIAS: He didn`t say much because he didn`t know much. And he just said, Something has happened and I don`t have a lot of details. And I said, Well, what can you tell me? And he, again, I just don`t have a lot of details. And I thought, Well, maybe it`s a mistake. Are you sure? And he said, I`ll let you know when I know more, but you`re the first person I thought to call.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What was going through your mind?

ARIAS: It was a shock, the feeling of shock and sort of disbelief. And there wasn`t -- it was a real restlessness because I didn`t know. And I felt -- I don`t know. You just don`t know -- until I actually got confirmation of what had happened, that`s when things really began to sink in.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What did you do once you got more information? What did you do?

ARIAS: It was over the phone, and so I just remained as calm as possible and -- well, I got confirmation from his bishop, who actually confirmed it. And at that point, it was just about me holding it together over the phone and crying as silently as possible while he told me what he knew.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

JOSTAD: Now we believe she`s going to claim that this was actually self-defense, that Travis Alexander was sexually abusive, was essentially someone she was so afraid of that she had to respond with deadly force, and that self-defense -- she was just defending herself. That is how Travis Alexander wound up dead.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So you had nothing to do with Travis Alexander`s death?

ARIAS: Nothing to do with it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was stabbed some 27 times and shot once in the left cheek. Who could have done this to him?

ARIAS: I don`t know.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Who do you think killed him?

ARIAS: I have no idea.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

GRACE: Now, there are a lot of ways that Jodi Arias could have conceivably explained away why she was at the scene with a dead body. She could have said she happened upon it. She could have said she heard him outside screaming and she came inside. There are a number of things she could have done. But the real clincher in this case is a digital camera, a digi-cam.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How would you describe your relationship with him?

ARIAS: We dated for -- we dated for, like, five months, and we broke up. And we continued to actually to see each other for quite a bit, you know, right up until I moved.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When did you guys break up?

ARIAS: We officially broke up June 29th of last year (INAUDIBLE) We, even though we broke up, were no longer boyfriend and girlfriend, we decided to remain friends. But you know, like, I kind of feel embarrassed talking about this, but it was more like (INAUDIBLE) but it wasn`t boyfriend and girlfriend. It was more like, kind of (INAUDIBLE) you know what I mean?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, OK. So you guys were not, like, romantically together at any time or...

ARIAS: We were intimate, but I wouldn`t say romantic as far as a relationship goes. We were in no way headed towards marriage or talking about anything like that. (INAUDIBLE)

(END AUDIO CLIP)

GRACE: The bed sheets, all of the bedding had been taken off Travis`s bed and put in the washer, along with some clothes. And in the sheets or in his clothes somewhere in that wash machine was a digital camera, and the digital camera -- she basically took her own crime scene photos.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Authorities believe that this was a premeditated murder, that she brought the gun and the knife that was used to kill Travis Alexander, and went there with an agenda because she was furious that he wanted to ultimately end their relationship.

Remember, they had officially broken up, and then they kind of remained friends with benefits. And there are indications that Travis wanted to end that, too. He was going away on a vacation with another woman. And authorities believe Jodi Arias was jealous and was rageful and resentful, and that that is the motive for murder.

GRACE: Another interesting and telling fact about the wounds to the body is that many -- I believe 10 of the stab wounds were to his back. And those wounds alone show that this murder was not self-defense.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I don`t -- I wouldn`t use obsession. I would say -- I don`t know. I think that when more evidence comes out, it`ll be very telling that it was a two-way street.

And Travis was a wonderful person, but he was also a very persuasive and he was hard to say no to. And it was hard -- you know, he wouldn`t allow me to not answer his text message. If I didn`t respond, he would keep calling and keep calling until I did. And so to me, that wasn`t obsessive behavior on his part, it was just -- I took it as a compliment. He wanted to talk to me, OK, that`s great.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Were you obsessed with him? Those are the allegations they made.

ARIAS: No.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: Now many people, if they were charged with murder, if they were a suspect in a murder, if they were even a person of interest in a murder, would lay low. But not Jodi Arias. She loves the camera and the camera loves her right back.

Within days, she was out and about. She even had dinner with a group of Travis`s friends the night after he`s murdered, and by her own words, it was self-defense. She was there on the scene, stabbed him multiple times, as she says, in self-defense, including 10 stab wounds to the back.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ARIAS: I don`t know who did or said it first, but I know that some things were said because I was on the road that week. So you know, I think that because, you know, as much as Travis and I told ourselves and everyone that we were just friends, I think that our behavior was not as clandestine as we tried to make it.

So there were times when people would see certain ways we would behave and maybe wonder. I know that he got -- he lamented a lot that he got a lot of grief from his friends about the amount of time that we spent together and...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did they not like you?

ARIAS: I don`t know that it was so much that. I think they were more concerned with his future prospects for marriage and where his focus was. And his focus was definitely on that, and marriage is -- you know, he viewed marriage as an important step in his spiritual progression, and I think he took it seriously.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: She`s out as if she doesn`t have a care in the world, out having dinner, laughing and talking. Now, the day after Travis Alexander`s murder, she was observed with cuts on her hands and fingers. At the memorial service, she was observed smiling, almost laughing at his memorial service.

And she has taken to the airwaves and given one interview after the next, vowing that she will not be convicted, that no jury will convict her.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: I know that I`m innocent. God knows I`m innocent. Travis knows I`m innocent. No jury is going to convict me.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Why not?

ARIAS: Because I`m innocent. And you can mark my words on that one. No jury will convict me.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: When a felony occurs, robbery, and a death happens, that`s felony murder. You don`t have to intend that a death occur. In this case, the state is claiming as a second alternate theory felony murder, that Travis Alexander died during the commission of a felony, that being burglary.


Now, you may ask, he let her in. How can that be burglary? Here`s how. She comes in with a gun that, coincidentally, was stolen from her grandparents` home, where she lives, a few days before the murder. She comes into the home armed with a lethal weapon.

Not only that, burglary, by definition, is entering or remaining in a structure. So the fact that she remained in the structure, his home, and a death occurred equals a burglary.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

GRACE: I think that that`s a two-sided coin in that not only is it compelling to the court watcher, the casual *******, all of us on the outside looking in, but it also presents a conundrum.

It`s almost as if the eye is tricking the mind in that you see someone handsome or beautiful. You know they`ve got a great job, a great education, a beautiful home, everything. They`re young. They`re healthy. Yet she is charged with this heinous, this -- in fact, a crime so brutal, it`s akin to a mob hit on Travis Alexander.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Jodi Arias has become a bizarre celebrity behind bars. First of all, when they arrested her, the first thing she says is, Can I please have time to put on my makeup first? So that gives you an indication of her mentality. She has done jailhouse interviews and has actually been photographed putting on her makeup in preparation for these interviews. So she`s very concerned about her appearance.

JOSTAD: Well, Jodi Arias has been pretty productive behind bars. She`s a high school dropout, but actually got her GED. She taught herself Spanish.

GRACE: Jodi Arias has certainly not wasted any time behind bars. Besides apparently having several makeovers, she has continued her education. She has learned Spanish. She has learned sign language.

And she has taken to song. As a matter of fact, Jodi Arias won the "American Idol" contest, the "American Idol Behind Bars" contest, with a moving rendition of "Oh, Night Divine." And the reward for that, the award was a turkey dinner for her and her cellmates. And thankfully, it was captured on video.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ARIAS: (SINGING) Oh, holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear savior`s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining `til he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born, oh, night divine, oh, night, oh, night divine...

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRACE: As to Travis Alexander, who seemed to be the all-American good guy, the defense is painting him as a -- an almost demented control freak, abusive.

So it seems as if everything we see on the surface belies the underside, the truth of what each side is alleging. The only issue is who`s telling the truth? Or are they both telling the truth?

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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2013, 07:04:32 PM »

Hi Monkeys!!! It's been a long time since I posted....but wanted to know if anyone is watching this trial. She reminds me so much of CA! Long dark hair, high school drop out, photography as a hobby...and certainly the same sick mind!  Hope you're all doing well Smile
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2013, 11:04:45 AM »

  Hi!
Thanks MuffyBee for the updates!!!
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