I am completely fascinated by this murder trial! I have been watching this trial live on HLN. For those of you who have not heard about this case here is a rundown of the basic details in this case.
In September 2006, 29-year-old Travis Alexander, who lived in Mesa, Arizona, was in Las Vegas at a convention. He was a motivational speaker, a salesman for a marketing company called Prepaid Legal Services, and a devout Mormon. It was in Las Vegas at this convention where Travis Alexander met 26-year-old Jodi Arias, who was living in Yreka, California at the time.
Interest in each other had started to develop, with Jodi Arias dabbling in Travis Alexanders religion in order to become closer to him. By the end of November 2006, Arias had converted to his faith and was baptised into Mormonism. A secret salacious relationship ensued despite Alexander’s religious and moral convictions.
Arias relocated to Mesa, Arizona and claimed they were in love. However, Alexander’s friends say that within just a few months he was trying to end the relationship. According to Jodi Arias, she states that their relationship ended June 29, 2007, and that the two of them continued to have a sexual relationship. Jodi remained in Mesa, Arizona and lived with a roommate up until April, 2008.
Alexander was having difficulty in completely cutting ties with Arias, but he had started to communicate with and date other women. It is alleged that Jodi Arias was obsessed with Travis Alexander and would stalk him, hack his email and Facebook accounts and that she had slashed his tires on two separate occasions due to her jealousy.
Some speculate the final straw was an upcoming business related trip to Cancun with another woman, Mimi Hall, and others who worked with him at Prepaid Legal Services. Marie (Mimi) Hall, was someone who knew Alexander from church and they became good friends. The Cancun trip was scheduled to take place on June 10, 2008.
Travis Alexander’s friends had not seen or heard from him in several days and Alexander had not returned phone calls that were made to him. This was said to be very unusual for Alexander, because he was an extremely social and friendly type of guy that would return a phone call immediately. Considering the Cancun trip was the next day, on June 9th a roommate, Zach Billings, and a friend, Mimi Hall went to Alexander’s house and found him in the bedroom shower brutally murdered.
The scene was gruesome and there was evidence of a violent confrontation, and copious amounts of blood everywhere. Travis Alexander was found laying in the shower, stabbed 29 times, his throat slashed and a gun shot to his head. Friends had immediately suspected Alexander’s ex-girlfriend, Jodi Arias.
When police contacted Arias, she claimed she was not in Arizona at the time of his death. In fact, she claimed she had not seen him since April, 2008. However, in a fascinating twist in this case, a camera was found by police in the washing machine. Police were able to recover the memory card in the camera, which revealed the photos that were taken.
The photos laid out an unbelievable timeline right up to the moment of Travis Alexander’s death. The pictures were intimate and sexual in nature. Both Alexander and Arias had taken photos of each other on the day of his murder. Unfortunately for Arias, there were date and time stamps on each photo to corroborate the theory of what happened to Travis Alexander.
One image that was particularly disturbing was a photo that was apparently taken by accident. The incriminating picture showed a bleeding Travis Alexander on the ground, and the leg and foot of Jodi Arias standing over him.
Arias clung to her story as long as possible, but as the evidence of her involvement poured in, she changed her story. In the another version of her story, Arias claimed that two masked men broke in killed Alexander. When that story did not pan out she finally claimed self-defense.
Although Arias has tried to paint the victim as abusive, her credibility is in question due to the multitude of lies she has told in this case. As Jodi Arias attempts to convince the jury that this murder resulted in self-defense, a drumbeat of evidence seem to point to premeditated murder. Here are some of the highlights.
Travis Alexander was shot with a .25 caliber handgun. Ironically, Jodi Arias’ grandfather had a .25 caliber handgun stolen from his home in an apparent burglary approximately a week before Travis Alexander was murdered. Arias’ claims the gun belonged to Alexander, however there is no record of his ownership, nor a record of a background check for him.
Another issue for Jodi Arias’ regarding a premeditation theory is that she borrowed two gas cans from a former boyfriend the day before the murder. This is importance fact is that it is alleged that she filled the gas cans up so she could make it to Arizona and back without leaving a paper trail or risk being caught on camera.
It is also noteworthy that Arias had rented a car during this trip to Arizona which may have possibly been to avoid being easily recognized when she had gotten to Alexanders’ house. These facts are important in this case because if the defendant is convicted of 1st degree premeditated murder, she would be eligible for the death penalty.