Jodi Arias Live Blog: Goes Home After Killing Alexander, Wanting to "Deny Reality"
It's about 1:30 p.m., and the afternoon recess in the Jodi Arias trial has ended.
Jodi Arias wipes away tears as she describes the aftermath of her killing of Travis Alexander.
Arias is back on the stand, having testified this morning about how she shot Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008, then drove to Utah to meet a guy she liked. She spent a few hours with him, made out, tried to "act normal" after what she claims was a self-defense slaying, then went home to Yreka, California. She didn't tell anyone what had happened.
She admits she was trying to hide her tracks. Yesterday, she testified that she wanted to put off for as long as possible whatever consequences would come from her actions.
Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander.
Nurmi asks here what day she was supposed to go to work. She says that Friday at 4 or so. After taking back the rental car, she went to her grandma's house, changed, and went to work.
As far as she knew, no one knew about Alexander's death, she testifies.
She assumed she'd be caught and "was definitely fearing it."
On June 10, six days after the murder, Arias called a couple of people. She called a Mormon bishop who knew Alexander, and he told her that Travis was dead.
Kirk Nurmi, her lawyer, asks her how she reacted.
"I doubled over and started sobbing really hard," she says. "I was hoping the whole thing wasn't real."
She goes on, sobbing: "I didn't know how his friends had found him, and what everyone was going through."
"...I didn't know what to think. It was a disaster." She hung with Bishop Layton. Nurmi asks her what happened next.
"I was scared. I thought I'd probably get arrested, the next day or whatever," she answers.
Nurmi asks her if this was when she decided to kill herself or move to Monterrey, California. She says she decided to move a few days later.
Later that afternoon, apparently still on the 10th, a friend of hers -- Leslie Udy -- encouraged her to call Mesa police detective Esteban Flores. She also had her own reasons to call him, she says: It would look less suspicious, she figured, if she called him rather than wait for him to call her.
She says she was too scared to tell him what had happened.
"I just couldn't imagine admitting to something like that -- imagine doing something like that," she says.
Arias called Detective Flores several times after that, in part hoping to find out what he knew about the slaying and how much time she might have before she was arrested.
Weird: Arias has several reasons for buying a 9mm in Yreka after killing Alexander. She wanted to be a "responsible gun owner." She was contemplating suicide. And she had planned to camping and panning for gold with some guys, and wanted a gun (ironically) because she "no longer felt safe around guys."
Arias says she went to Alexander's memorial service because if she didn't, it would "look suspicious."
Tearfully, she explains that Alexander "would have come to mine."
Nurmi, playing devil's advocate, reminds her that he supposedly told her he was going to kill her, and that she'd feared for his life because of him.
She says that, at heart, he wasn't that sort of a person. (This is helping her defense?)
Later, at the Freemans house, after the service, she felt like Alexander "was there."