Jodi Arias Live Blog: Arias Grilled Under Cross-Examination by Prosecutor Juan Martinez; UPDATES
Her January 24, 2008 journal entry mentions nothing about the alleged January 2008 fight with Alexander in which she says he broke her finger. Martinez asks why she didn't put that in the journal. She says she would "never" write something like that in there.
Arias tries to keep up with the intense grilling by Martinez.
"You had the free will to write it, right?" Martinez demands. She agrees.
He asks if she went to a doctor to get her finger looked at. She didn't even tell anyone about it. And she didn't tell Detective Flores about it -- she gave him a different story, the one about the two masked intruders hurting her finger.
"When do you decide to tell the truth -- when you're in this court, and no place else?" Martinez demands.
"No," she says.
"Ma'am, nothing has stopped you from telling this story ever, right?" the prosecutor says.
Martinez is very excited as he goes through this. Arias is unusually calm. Weird. Jury members mostly riveted.
Arias could have called her father about the alleged fight and "supposed" injury to her finger, Martinez points out.
But she didn't tell anyone about a hurt finger until after the murder.
2:06 p.m. Martinez asks about catching Alexander masturbating to an image of a young boy, which is a story Arias told previously during her testimony.
Martinez notes that this incident also supposedly happened before the January 24 journal entry that says nothing "noteworthy" has happened lately.
Arias' demeanor is somewhat smart alecky.
Martinez asks her about a job she had at Mimi's. Martinez seems to get frustrated when she isn't able to answer exactly what time she was supposed to go to work on January 21, 2008, the day Alexander allegedly broke her finger in a fight. She also doesn't know exactly how many hours she had to work that day.
Martinez asks her if her memory problems are recent. She asks what he means by "recent," which is quite smartass of her. The prosecutor is bringing attention to her inability to remember certain things over others. When did you start having these memory issues? Martinez wants to know.
"It depends on the type of memory issue," she answers.
(Yeah -- no duh.)
So, Martinez wants to know, what factors cause her memory to have problems?
Arias responds that it happens sometimes when "men like you" are screaming at her. A murmur rises from the galley.
On January 21, 2008, they had broken up, but Arias says she still went to his house almost every day. That day, he needed help putting boxes up in his attic, she says.
Martinez is trying to get her to say just when she discussed that she would come over on January 21. She says "it was discussed" numerous times over several weeks before she came over. Martinez asks if they agreed she would come over on January 21.
She says they weren't that specific. But Martinez says "the point is, you can't tell us anything about the circumstances of that day."