PHOENIX – “Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods said the Jodi Arias case is “over” after watching her testimony on Thursday, as prosecutors poked holes in her story.
“Before, she said she doesn’t remember the stabbing,” said Woods. “Today, she admitted that, obviously, she’s the one who did it.”
Woods said when the trial started he thought it was “questionable” if the jury would recommend a death sentence for Arias. Now, after hearing the suspected murderer on the stand, he’s changed his mind.
“I think she may have succeeded in talking herself into the death penalty,” he said. “Her story makes no sense. It doesn’t match forensics. It doesn’t match common sense. It’s a preposterous story.”
California criminal defense attorney Michael Cardoza, who has been following the case, said that Prosecutor Juan Martinez’s approach may have been aggressive by design to wear down her preparedness and catch her off-guard.
“When the defendant gets in trouble is when they get comfortable, and that’s when you know you’ve got them, that’s when you start peppering them,” he said. “They think they’re smarter than you.”
As defense attorneys question Arias again on Monday, Cardoza said their main goal will be to “blunt the sting” of the cross-examination, during which she admitted to lying repeatedly trying not to get caught.
As she described her efforts to avoid suspicion, Arias buried her face in her hands and sobbed. Martinez continued to press her. He later turned to the judge and simply said “I don’t have anything else,” then unassumingly returned to his chair.”
NOTE: SH reader “MadePiley” made a very astute observation re Travis Alexander’s last photos. MP theorized that Jodi had that gun pointed at… or had the gun right next to her and aimed at… Travis while she was taking those photos. If you look closely at Travis’ very last photos, he has a look of puzzlement and fright. We’re goin’ along with MP’s theory…
“Today, defense attorney Kirk Nurmi will get his chance to try to repair the damage caused by prosecutor Juan Martinez’s intense cross-examination Thursday. Nurmi will ask Arias questions during his redirect examination in an attempt to re-establish her credibility with the jury.
Last week, Martinez bombarded her with questions about the day she killed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. Arias said she killed Alexander in self-defense after he attacked her.
Nurmi’s redirect examination will be another opportunity for Arias to explain her memory lapses, and to talk about evidence that could point to premeditation. NOTE: Check out HLN/NancyGrace for all the details… photos, videos, re-enactments… re the JodiArias case.
After Nurmi finishes his redirect examination, the jurors will get a chance to ask questions of Arias directly before she exits the witness stand.”
NOTE: Arizona is one of only three states which the jury can ask the defendant questions. Indiana and Kentucky are the additional states which permit jury questions in their high courts. Please see Courts.legal.us for more detailed information re jury questioning the defendant. IMO, every state in the US should permit the jury to ask questions… the jury of your peers are the same peers who can decide your fate!
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“Jodi Arias is charged in the June 2008 stabbing and shooting death of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home. Arias claims self-defense, while authorities say she planned the attack on Travis Alexander in a jealous rage. Testimony has been ongoing since early January.
Arias, 32, lost a bid last week aimed at getting a reprieve from a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder after the Arizona Supreme Court swiftly denied her motion that claimed a detective committed perjury in the case. Her attorneys have filed multiple motions for mistrials, all of which have been denied.
Last week, prosecutor Juan Martinez hammered Arias with intense questioning about her inability to recall crucial details in the case, yet noted it was puzzling that she can remember “what kind of coffee you bought at Starbucks sometime back in 2008.”
Arias first told authorities she knew nothing about Alexander’s death, then later blamed it on masked intruders before eventually settling on self-defense.
She said she was scared of being arrested, had been contemplating suicide and didn’t want to sully Alexander’s name with accounts of his violent behavior and lurid details of their sexual relationship, given his public persona as a devout Mormon who was saving himself for marriage.
Of the day she killed Alexander, Arias says she remembers him in a rage, body slamming her and chasing her around his home.
She said she grabbed a gun from his closet, and fired it as they tussled, but didn’t know if she hit him. She had no explanation for the 27 stab and slash wounds he suffered, or his slit throat, or how he ended up stuffed in his shower.
According to court records, however, she previously told police before her trial began that Alexander was unconscious after she shot him, but then “crawled around and was stabbed.”
She says she remembers putting a knife in the dishwasher and disposing of the gun in the desert as she drove from Arizona on her way to Utah. And she immediately began planning an alibi.
Arias’ grandparents reported a .25 caliber handgun stolen from their Northern California house about a week before the killing – the same caliber used to shoot Alexander – but Arias claims to know nothing about the burglary. She says she brought no weapons to Alexander’s home on the day she killed him, undercutting the prosecution’s theory of premeditation.”
What is so disturbing is how absolutely cold and calm Jodi Arias is when answering questions on the stand! How does Jodi smirk and smile when talking about a person who was killed.. and Jodi killed Travis!