Jodi Arias Live Blog: Arias Describes How She Killed Travis Alexander in 2008; She Recalls Shooting Him, But Not Stabbing Him or Slashing His Throat
Jodi Arias testifies that she shot Travis Alexander with a gun she knew he kept in his closet. She doesn't remember stabbing him, she says.
We're live-blogging this morning from the Jodi Arias trial. Be sure to check back frequently for updates.
The testimony is beginning right now as her attorney, Kirk Nurmi asks for Jodi to tell what happens when she gets in the shower. This follows yesterday's testimony, in which she described showing up at victim Travis Alexander's Mesa house while allegedly in the middle of a cross-country trip. After she got to his house, they went to sleep, woke up in the afternoon and had sex a couple of times. A photo shoot followed, but Arias claimed Alexander was angry that some pictures didn't come out. They had sex again and decided to do another photo shoot.
Here's what happened this morning:
"A 5-year-old can hold a camera better than you can," she says he yelled at her.
Arias started running down the hallway.
And now -- another detour. Numri, her attorney, asks her to describe an incident from the previous summer. Says she caught Travis with another woman on the couch at his house.
So far, on the justification meter, it appears that Arias may have justified in breaking up with Alexander. But that's about it.
This back-story is turning into another dead end. She says he screamed, hit the wall, and she was "stunned" because she'd "only seen his temper a few times at that point."
She claims Alexander, after being caught with the woman, began banging his head on a wall. He explained she was "just a girl he met in Phoenix" and probably wouldn't see her again.
Seems like this is supposed to bolster the idea that Alexander is a potentially violent hothead. Arias, a proven liar, has made this claim repeatedly throughout the trial. She's also impugned his reputation by claiming he was interested in having sex with children.
Nurmi now gets back to the fateful night of June 4, 2008. Arias took a few pictures of Alexander in the shower.
She says she was scared because he was getting mad.
There was a chase. She was scared he would grab her again.
He "almost killed me before," referring to an alleged choking incident. "So I ran into a closet and slammed the door."
The closet had an exit.
She remembered where he kept a gun.
He kept it on the top shelf.
"I turned around and pointed it at him, so he would stop chasing me," she says.
Nurmi asks how she knew the gun was there, after showing pictures of Alexander's closet. She claims she'd been asked by him to clean up in the closet previously, so she knew the location of the gun.