Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Watch live as Jodi Arias trial heads for final showdown (streaming, online videos)

Judgment day quickly approaches in the Jodi Arias trial
You do not want to miss the fireworks about to explode in the Jodi Arias trial, and thanks to the online, streaming video below, you won't have to. You may watch the Jodi Arias trial live as the trial heads for the final showdown.

On May 1, 2013, the defense will present their final witness and Judge Sherry Stephens announced the jury will stay in the courtroom as long as it takes to get this trial over! Court begins early tomorrow morning with the jury
entering and court scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PT. Those who've followed the Jodi Arias trial may be used to delays, sidebars and secret meetings in Judges' chambers, but we expect things should start on time tomorrow.

Judge Stephens wants this trial over as it has already far extended way beyond the time period initially set. It's mind-boggling to think that the Jodi Arias trial began on Jan. 2, 2013, and is still going on into May! Final arguments are slated to begin on May 2, 2013, exactly four-months after the trial started! Will the jury feel there is enough evidence to send Jodi Arias to the death chamber? Though Arias has admitted to lying about her involvement in Travis Alexander's death, there is little evidence pertaining to the crime. For instance, the knife Jodi Arias used to stab Travis Alexander 29 times and to slice his throat nearly from ear to ear is missing. So too is the gun Arias used to fire a shot to Travis Alexander's head. Jodi Arias' bloody clothing has not been recoveed. Will this serve as some type of reasonable doubt factor for the jury? Will they consider far-fetched possibilities and not feel that the state has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Jodi Arias planned and premeditated Travis Alexander's murder in cold-blood?

Jodi Arias stated that "No jury will convict me." Will these words prove to be prophetic or a foolish statement on Arias' part?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Leila Fowler case: Coroner releases cause of 8-year-old's death

The Calaveras County Coroner has released the cause of death in the case of 8-year-old Leila Fowler who was reportedly stabbed in her own home located on Rippon Road in Valley Springs. According to a report by the Modesto Bee, Leila Fowler was pronounced dead at the San Andreas, Mark Twain Medical Center at 12:55 p.m., Sat. April 27,
Leila Fowler stabbed to death in her Rancho Calaveras home
2013. The cause of death has been listed as shock and hemorrhaging that resulted from multiple stab wounds.

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A manhunt has been underway in the Valley Springs area that is no stranger to violent crimes. Leila Fowler was murdered in her home in the same neighborhood where the "Speed Freak Killers" Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine wreaked terror throughout the 90s.

While details are few and the investigation and search for Leila's killer is underway, we do know a little about what happened on Sat. April 27, 2013. According to unconfirmed reports, Leila was home with her 12-year-old brother, while her parents and siblings were at a baseball game. Leila's brother spotted the intruder in the home, who then fled. The boy checked on his sister and saw she had been stabbed. He called his parents who in turn called 911. Leila Fowler was in the third grade and attended Jenny Lind Elementary.

While a manhunt was conducted throughout the rural area, a suspect has not been apprehended. Authorities with the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office said they have found fingerprints and DNA evidence in Leila's home. That evidence is currently undergoing forensic analysis. What is curious, is that the son, and a neighbor reportedly saw the suspect, yet police have not distributed a poster or suspect sketch.

Leila Fowler Case: Suspect Description

The suspect is described as either a white or Hispanic male who stands approximately 6' tall and has longish, gray hair. He was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and blue jeans. Those who believe they have seen the suspect are asked to contact 911. He is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities ask for residents to pay careful attention to those who may have injuries to their hands or arms as well.

A press conference is scheduled for April 29, 2013, at 11 p.m. PT to provide an update on the case. Leila's family is expected to speak.


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Jodi Arias trial update for April 29, 2013: Borderline Personality Disorder (videos)

Does Jodi Arias have Borderline Personality Disorder?
Onlookers worldwide are tuning in to the Jodi Arias trial and the latest updates and developments. The trial began on Jan. 2, 2013, and has become one of the most watched and talked about trials in media history. Jodi Arias, a California native, has been charged with first-degree murder in the June 4, 2008, stabbing and shooting death of her lover Travis Alexander. The case is filled with sex,
religion and a strange obsession that kept Jodi Arias in Travis Alexander's bed much longer than she should have been.

As the trial winds down and heads towards closing arguments the question will be whether Jodi Arias murdered Travis Alexander in cold-blood, or self-defense.

There will be no live hearing for April 29, 2013 or April 30, 2013. The trial will resume live at 9 a.m. on May 1, 2013, where the defense will bring in one final witness to rebut testimony delivered by Janeen DeMarte indicating that Jodi Arias exhibits signs of borderline personality disorder.

The defense had presented expert testimony (Richard Samuels, Alyce LaViolette) that Arias suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Battered Woman's Syndrome. DeMarte didn't see signs of those disorders and the defense argued that she presented new testimony or new evidence by indicating Arias had Borderline Personality Disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder is certainly not a diagnosis the defense hopes the jury will use when ultimately deciding Arias' motivation for killing Travis Alexander.

Here is a definition of Borderline Personality Disorder from the Mayo Clinic.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that generates significant emotional instability. This can lead to a variety of other stressful mental and behavioral problems. With borderline personality disorder, you may have a severely distorted self-image and feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. Anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you may desire to have loving and lasting relationships.

In a video that went public, yet remained hidden from the jury, Arias' parents described Arias as having wide mood swings and being prone to anger and rage. These symptoms are often seen with those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.

According to an article in Psychiatry, there is a higher rate of Borderline Personality Disorder in incarcerated females when compared to incarcerated males. Janeen DeMarte discusses Borderline Personality Disorder.

  The defense will present their final witness then the jury will receive instructions and closing arguments will begin on May 2.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Nine-year-old girl murdered by intruder, suspect on the loose

In a shocking and developing story out of Valley Springs, California, a nine-year-old girl was reportedly stabbed to death by a home intruder. KCRA reports that a 12-year-old boy was home when he detected the home intruder who fled from the scene. Upon checking his younger sister, he found she had been stabbed. The
little girl (who remains unidentified) was pronounced dead at a local hospital. There has been no mention of the children's parents or where they were during the attack.

California authorities are looking for the suspect described as armed and dangerous. Here is the description given by authorities.

Suspect Description: Wanted for Murder of 9-Year-Old Valley Springs, CA Girl

The suspect is described as Hispanic or white and stands approximately 6' tall. He is said to have a muscular build and had longish, gray hair. He wore blue jeans and a long-sleeved, black shirt.

Those who believe they have come in contact with the suspect should assume he is armed and dangerous and contact authorities immediately. Call 911 in an emergency or call the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office. You may also call the 24-hour tip line at (209) 754-6030.

No suspects are in custody and a press conference is schedule for 3 p.m. PT.

The investigation is ongoing.

Stay tuned for developments...

Do you think Jodi Arias is insane or evil?

As the Jodi Arias trial begins to wind down (closing arguments are scheduled to begin on May 1, 2013), I must ask the question whether or not you think Jodi Arias is insane or simply evil.

It's a bit surprising to me that her criminal defense attorneys decided to go with a self-defense theory. There is absolutely not one shred of evidence that would even hint that Travis Alexander was abusive to her. If anything, Travis Alexander was victimized as a child, suffered loneliness and confusion growing up, turned to religion for strength, then went through a number of failed relationships as an adult. I have no doubt that Travis Alexander wanted to break free from Jodi Arias but the free sex kept him tangled up with her. Who knows, he may have wrestled with feelings of emotional attachment and love towards her. Relationships can be tricky.

I wish he had trusted his gut instincts and filed a restraining order on her instead of giving in to sexual desires. Jodi Arias is no victim. There is only one victim in this case: Travis Alexander.

But what about Jodi? Is Jodi Arias insane, evil or lacking the necessary qualities
Is Jodi Arias insane or just evil?
that would make her a decent and compassionate human being?

One factor that makes me wonder if Jodi Arias is actually insane is in the way she failed to clean up the crime scene.

From what I understand, many courts of law base a ruling of "insanity" upon whether the individual knew their actions were wrong at the time of the crime. Covering up evidence and cleaning up crime scenes is often a way of telling whether an individual was fully aware that they were committing a crime or doing something that was "wrong."

Maybe Jodi Arias blew an insanity defense by repeatedly lying about her involvement in Travis Alexander's death. Lying is indicative that she knew what she did was wrong; however, I also have to look at the ridiculous way she tried to bleach away evidence in the washing machine.

What type of killer plans a murder then makes no preparation for disposing evidence?

What type of killer goes out of their way to avoid buying gas, then makes sure to purchase a gas can at a Wal-mart?

One of the scariest aspects of Jodi Arias' personality (in my opinion and besides the fact that she can slice a man's throat and stab him 29 times before shooting him in the head), is that she asked to see the autopsy photos.

Why in the world would Jodi Arias ask detectives to show her the crime scene photos?

This behavior actually reminds me of serial killers who get a thrill looking at "mementos" from the kill.

Even the photos of Travis Alexander's body before and during the murder are creepy. It doesn't appear that every photo she took of Travis' body as he lay bleeding to death was accidentally taken.

If Jodi Arias isn't insane, and is simply pure evil does she have the makings of a true psychopath who could go on to kill other men in her life? Do you think a follow-up should be made with every man Jodi Arias was previously involved with, you know...just to make sure they are alive?

Arias' account of domestic violence was pitiful. Her story of abuse at her parents' hands was even more ridiculous. Her mother swatted her with a spoon when she disobeyed. Are you serious? Do you know how many people in the state of Florida alone do that? My gosh, corporal punishment is legal in Florida's schools?

You would think she could have come up with something a little bit more believable. But then, her lack of ability for creating a domestic violence scenario that is convincing might mean that the woman has never actually been in a domestic violence situation.

Whatever the reason, Jodi Arias is one sick woman and someone I would never want to be alone with.

But is she insane or just evil?

What do you think?


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Jodi Arias trial: What will the final verdict be as Juan Martinez rests case (videos, photos)

As the Jodi Arias trial draws to a close, many nationwide are asking what the final verdict will be. Prosecutor Juan Martinez rested his case with a bang by demonstrating once again to the jury the gruesomeness and savagery of the
Jodi Arias listens to medical examiner Kevin Horn discredit her testimony
violence committed against victim Travis Alexander. Jodi Arias is accused of stabbing Alexander 29 times, slicing his throat from ear to ear and shooting him in the head on June 4, 2008.

She has plead not guilty and states she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense.

"He got down and grabbed my waist. But before he did that, he was lunging at me, the gun went off," Jodi Arias told the jury when testifying on her behalf.

That account was discredited on April 25, 2013, when medical examiner Kevin Horn said in his professional opinion, he believed Travis Alexander was stabbed first and then shot.

Kevin Horn stated that the gunshot would have been a "rapidly incapacitating" wound, one that would make it highly unlikely that Alexander would have been able to defend himself from knife wounds or move from one room to another.

Juan Martinez asked, "Would he then have been able to get up under any circumstances and walk away?"

 Kevin Horn replied simply, "No."

He then elaborated, "It requires coordination of most of the muscles to be able to stand and walk. And with a head injury, a brain injury, I don`t think he`s going to be able to do that."

Travis Alexander's family cried inconsolably during the proceedings when Juan Martinez displayed gruesome autopsy photos that showed the severity of the knife wound to Travis Alexander's neck.

Will the jury ultimately believe that Jodi Arias shot Travis Alexander first? If they believe he was stabbed, that would indicate they discredit her account of what transpired. Will the jury ultimately decide to put Jodi Arias to death?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jodi Arias trial: Prosecution rests with Travis Alexander's autopsy photos (warning graphic pictures)

On April 25, 2013, the prosecution rested their case against accused murderer Jodi Arias. The trial began on Jan. 2, 2013, with prosecutor Juan Martinez telling the jury that Jodi Arias brutally murdered Travis Alexander by stabbing and shooting him. He ended his case by showing the jury Travis Alexander's graphic
Travis Alexander full of life, poses in business suit
autopsy photos. You may see those autopsy pictures in the slideshow player below (or in the link above, but be forewarned -- the pictures are extremely graphic in nature and are disturbing to view. Jodi Arias appeared to sob into the palms of her hands while members of Travis Alexander's family were visibly upset and could barely look at the photos.

Juan Martinez may have proved to use a brilliant tactic as the jurors have a long break before returning to court on May 1, 2013, to hear one final rebuttal witness for the defense. That means the horrific Travis Alexander autopsy photos will remain vivid in their minds for nearly one week.

Jodi Arias is accused of slashing Travis Alexander's throat and stabbing him 29 times before shooting him in the head. During testimony given on April 25, 2013, medical examiner Kevin Horn stated that due to the defense wounds on Travis Alexander's hands and the way he bled, it was unlikely he was shot first as Jodi Arias claimed. He stated that a gunshot to the head would have left him incapable of chasing or attacking Jodi Arias with greater force and violence, nor would he have been mobile or had the ability to ward off a knife attack as evidenced by the stab wounds to his hands.

Did Jodi Arias come up to Travis Alexander in the shower and stab him in the back? Did he run as much as he could, down the hallway and into his room in an escape attempt, only to have her slit his throat then drag him back to the bathroom where she finally put one bullet into his head in order to ensure she had finished him off?

Jodi Arias' version of what happened seems to be the third lie she has told authorities.

Maybe saying, "I went crazy, slit his throat and stabbed him in the back before shooting him in the head," doesn't go over well with police.

We will most likely never know exactly what happened in Travis Alexander's final moments of life, but we can see the aftermath in his autopsy photos.

Be warned, these photos are graphic and may cause you to ditch any hint of sympathy you might have contemplated extending towards Arias.

After viewing these photos, you might feel that the death penalty is in the only justifiable punishment. Will the jury feel the same way?


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Forget about the reflection in Travis Alexander's eyes, someone zoom in on Jodi Arias' glasses

Is Jodi Arias drawing?
If you've followed the case, you heard the defense's attempt at proving Jodi Arias did not plan to murder Travis Alexander because the reflection in his eyes did not show her holding a gun or knife. Not sure what difference that makes when we know that she did in fact shoot him in the head, stab him 29 times and nearly cut his head off. Medical Examiner Dr. Kevin Horn stated that due to the defense wounds on Alexander's hands, he was shot last. The reasoning is that the type of
shot to the head Alexander sustained would have immediately rendered him immobile and defenseless, and without the capacity to move his hands to ward off the blows from the knife.

What you might also realize is that Jodi Arias spends a lot of time with paper and pencil during court. Is she scribbling notes, serving as her own courtroom sketch artist, doodling or drawing artwork she hopes to sell on her website?

Please answer, inquiring minds really want to know.

I figure someone could zoom in on Jodi Arias' glasses, blow up the image and let me know what the heck she's doing over there.

And another thing...if Jodi is selling her artwork like hotcakes, then why does she have public defenders?

Shouldn't she lose her indigent status?

What do you think Jodi Arias is doing over there? That is, besides smirking, putting on her best fake cries, glaring at Travis Alexander's family and smuggling pencils, paper and notebooks?

Slideshow: Jodi Arias trial in photos day 2, January 3, 2013

Jodi Arias appears in court for the second day of her trial.
On Jan. 3, 2013, Jodi Arias returned to the Maricopa County Superior Court of Arizona for day two in her first-degree murder trial. Marie Hall was the state's first witness. She testified on Jan. 2. The first witness Juan Martinez called to the stand on Jan. 3, 2013, was Esteban Flores. Flores is the lead police detective with the Mesa, Arizona police department. He questioned Arias during a lengthy, interview when she was ultimately placed under arrest for the murder of her ex-lover, Travis Alexander.

While it was determined that Jodi Arias lied to Detective Flores, there was some pertinent information obtained from their interview. Arias provided a brief look at her relationship with Travis and explained they
Detective Esteban Flores testifies in the Jodi Arias trial.
broke up on June 29, 2007. Though the couple dated from Feb. 2007 to June 2007, they continued a sexual relationship. Arias said that Travis Alexander didn't want anyone to know they were still sleeping together as he was a Temple member, and had taken a vow of chastity.

While the prosecution gave the impression that Jodi Arias was a stalker who regularly  lurked on people's property or would show up unannounced, Arias told Detective Esteban that she and Alexander spoke about plans to visit each other. She also informed the detective that someone had slashed Travis Alexander's vehicle's tires. It's interesting to note that Jodi Arias claimed she could essentially show up at Travis Alexander's anytime, as long as she gave him a heads-up-warning.

Was Jodi Arias a stalker as the prosecution alleges, or did she have an open, sexual relationship with Travis Alexander where she was always welcome at his home?

Another interesting aspect to the case is Jodi Arias relationship with Travis Alexander. During the interview, she sated they had a "don't ask, don't tell" policy governing their dating lives. Did Jodi Arias want a stable relationship with Travis Alexander or was she content with seeing him whenever and fulfilling their sexual fantasies together?

Did they truly have the relationship that Arias described?

According to Detective Flores, Alexander's friends said otherwise. They described Jodi as someone who continually showed up when she wasn't invited. It didn't take Alexander's friends long before they named Jodi Arias as a suspect in his murder either. Interestingly, Jodi Arias states Alexander would pay her to clean his house. She was also purchasing a vehicle from her.

The exact nature of Arias' and Alexander's relationship may never be fully known or understood.

During defense cross-examination of Detective Flores, it was discussed that Arias and Alexander sent numerous emails, Instant Messages and Facebook messages to each other. Arias admitted that Travis would send her mean messages when he was "mad" at her. Detective Flores stated that there were emails from Travis Alexander to Jodi Arias where he called her belittling names such as slut and whore. He also stated that Travis Alexander sent Jodi Arias a message where he stated Arias treated him like a dildo with a heartbeat. He discussed pieces of rope that were recovered from the crime scene.

Next to testify was Heather Conner, a fingerprint expert who processed the crime scene. She explained the many processes used to collect evidence from a crime scene as well as the most vital pieces of evidence
Fingerprint expert Heather Conner testifies on Jan. 3, 2013

recovered from the scene. Travis Alexander's digital camera, clothing, a discolored towel and sheets were just some of the evidentiary material displayed for the jury.

Jodi Arias broke down and cried while the evidence was shown to the jury.

Slideshow: Jodi Arias trial day 2

Slideshow: Jodi Arias trial day 1 opening statements Jan. 2, 2013 (photos, videos)

 On April 25, 2013, the prosecution rested their case against Jodi Arias. Arias has been charged with first-degree murder in the June 4, 2008, death of her lover Travis Alexander. As the state has rested their case, the trial will take a break until May 1, 2013, when the defense will question one final witness. On May 2,
Jodi Arias appears in court on Jan. 2, 2013
2013, the jury will be given instructions and the first day of closing arguments will begin. Closing arguments are expected to end on May 3, 2013.

In light of the recent events that have transpired and the state resting their case, I've decided to review the first day of the trial and opening statements.

You may see a photo slideshow from the first day of the Jodi Arias trial, Jan. 2, 2013, below along with the video from the day's opening statements.

Also included is a playlist of news reports, interviews, and HLN updates from Jan. 2, 2013.
Have your views on the case changed since opening statements? How do you feel the prosecution performed?

Marie Hall testifes on Jan. 2, 2013
Here is a review of opening statements and testimony by Marie Hall, a friend of Travis' who was going to take a trip with him to Cancun. Marie Hall was worried
when she hadn't heard from Travis and contacted friends to help determine his whereabouts. It was then they discovered he was deceased.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez began opening statements by reiterating the story Jodi Arias told Inside Edition. Arias spoke to media in 2008 and said that no jury would ever convict her because she was innocent. While the prosecution explained their point of view that Jodi Arias premeditated Travis Alexander's death, the defense presented a different point of view.
Criminal defense attorney presented opening statements whereby she explained that Jodi Arias had to kill Travis Alexander in order to save her life. One statement she made that was particularly interesting was that Travis Alexander knew she was coming over. According to Jennifer Willmott's opening statement, Travis knew that Jodi was planning a trip to Utah to visit friends and had asked her to stop by and visit. You may hear this part of Willmott's opening statement by fast-forwarding the first video in the playlist below to 51 minutes.

She also stated that their relationship was one where Jodi Arias learned how to go into "protective mode" in order to appease Travis' anger. She stated that a domestic violence expert named Alyce LaViolette would soon testify on Arias' behalf. According to Willmott, Travis Alexander left Jodi Arias no other choice than to kill him.

Slideshow: Jodi Arias trial April 25, 2013 (photos, videos)

On April 25, 2013, Jodi Arias returned to court for day 52 of her trial. It may prove to be the most damaging day for her defense.

Jodi Arias listens to testimony on April 25, 2013
Dr. Kevin Horn testified that there was no way that Jodi Arias shot Travis Alexander in his head last, as the wound would have damaged his brain within seconds and left him unable to defend himself from knife wounds. Travis Alexander was found deceased in his shower on June 9, 2008, by friends. His
body was naked, his throat had been slashed, there was a gunshot wound to his temple and he had 27 stab wounds in total. Additionally, there were defensive wounds to his hands.

According to medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn, Travis Alexander would not have had the motor skills necessary to raise his hands and defend himself from multiple knife thrusts if he had been shot in the head first.

This testimony literally destroys Jodi Arias' claims of unintentionally shooting Travis Alexander in self-defense.

You may see a photo slideshow from testimony on April 25, 201, below. The full video from today's court proceedings will be added once testimony concludes.

Slideshow: Jodi Arias Trial April 25, 2013

Watch Jodi Arias trial live, streaming online April 25, 2013, day 53 (videos, photos)

April 25, 2013, is day 53 in the Jodi Arias trial and with the job the prosecution is doing, many find it doubtful Arias is going to win an acquittal in the June 4, 2008, death of Travis Alexander. You may view past trial videos in the link above, but you may watch today's live streaming trial online in the video player below.
Travis Alexander's closet is in meticulous shape

Though the defense has rested and the prosecution continues its rebuttal case, the defense will call one more witness to the stand on May 1, 2013. Today's testimony is expected to feature medical examiner Dr. Kevin Horn.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez has continually poked holes in Jodi Arias' theory of accidental self-defense (she claims Travis Alexander attacked her after she dropped his new phone, then she grabbed a gun and fired it in an attempt to scare him, but unintentionally shot him in the head) by showing that there were no signs that Alexander was a gun owner. While it is expected that a murder weapon that belonged to a victim might not be found during an investigation, a gun owner would possess belongings and items related to weapons.

There were no boxes of bullets, gun holsters, or anything that would indicate Alexander (or any of his roommates) were gun owners.

Another damaging blow to the defense's case occurred yesterday when it was testified that the scene of the supposed altercation (Travis Alexander's closet) was in tact and without any signs of disturbance. The shelves were flimsy enough that a panicked person, running to get a gun would more than likely knock something over. One of the startling facts of the case is that objects weren't knocked over...not in the closet or the bathroom. Blood, however, was found in Alexander's bathroom, bedroom and hallway.

It doesn't seem there is anything to indicate that Travis Alexander ever struck Jodi Arias in anger or rage, had threatened her life on June 4, 2008, or even injured Arias on the day in question.

In fact, photo evidence retrieved from earlier that day showed a nude Travis Alexander flashing a peace sign to Jodi Arias while she took pictures.

What do you think? Did Jodi Arias kill Travis Alexander in a case of accidental self-defense, or was it premeditated, cold-blooded murder?

You may watch the trial live while in session below.

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Jodi Arias trial: Watch full court video day 52, April 24, 2013 (videos, photos)

On April 24, 2013, Jodi Arias returned to her first-degree murder trial in Phoenix, Arizona. Court was delayed for several hours as the attorneys met with Judge Sherry Stephens in chambers. It was ultimately decided that the defense would present another witness in the trial, even though they had previously rested their case. Jodi Arias is facing the death penalty if found guilty of first-degree murder in the June 4, 2008, death of her lover Travis Alexander.
Jodi Arias and defense attorney Jennifer Willmott on April 24, 2013

Judge Stephens announced important trial dates as soon as court began. While many have wondered if the trial that began on Jan. 2, 2013, would ever come to an end, Judge Stephens announced the case would soon be headed towards the jury. She said that court would resume at 9:30 a.m., on April 25, 2013, then there wouldn't be trial again until Wed. May 1, 2013. This is due to "witness scheduling issues."

Showing that Judge Stephens intends to wrap this trial up and put it in the jury's hands, she stated that court will begin half an hour earlier on May 1, 2013, and start at 9 a.m., PT. The jury can expect to stay as late as it takes to conclude business and should plan on remaining in the courtroom past 5 p.m.

Final jury instructions will be read on Thursday, May 2, 2013, with closing arguments taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2013, and Friday, May 3, 2013. After closing arguments, the jury will take the case.

Here is a brief summary.

Trial Dates

April 24: Testimony
April 25: Testimony
May 1: Defense Witness
May 2: Final Jury Instructions, Closing Arguments
May 3: Closing Arguments

Once court was underway, it didn't take long for prosecutor Juan Martinez to address the major issues of the day. Martinez began by showing a DVD to the jury of Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias displaying affection to one another in public.

Jodi Arias is seen with brown hair on a photo from June 3, 2008
Next to the stand was Mesa Detective Robert Brown who testified he retrieved photos from Jodi Arias' cell phone that showed she had dyed her hair brown before Travis Alexander's murder. As Arias was previously blonde, the testimony is to show premeditation and that Arias tried to change her appearance before her

journey from California to Mesa where she ultimately killed Travis Alexander.

Next to testify for the prosecution was Mesa Police Detective Esteban Flores, who stated there was nothing retrieved from Travis Alexander's home that would indicate he was a gun owner. Jodi Arias contends she shot Travis Alexander in the head with a gun she found in his closet. The gun was never found. Detective Flores stated there were no bullets or a gun holder in the home. Nothing that would normally accompany gun ownership was found in the house.

Detective Flores also addressed issues regarding the closet (or lack thereof). Jodi Arias claims that Travis Alexander chased her into the closet where she retrieved his gun then fired. There was nothing out of place in the closet, no signs of a struggle, and all of the belongings and possessions neatly stored on closet shelves remained in tact.

Medical Examiner Dr. Kevin Horn will testify on April 25, 2013. Trial is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m., PT.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Watch Jodi Arias trial streaming live online (videos, photos)

It's April 24, 2013, day 52 in the first-degree murder trial of Jodi Arias. Arias is accused of shooting 30-year-old Travis Alexander in the head and stabbing him 27 times on June 4, 2008, resulting in his death. Arias and Alexander dated in the early part of 2007, but continued to have sex together, even though they had officially broke up and were seeing other people. Photo evidence showed that
Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander were intimate the day Alexander was murdered.

The medical examiner testified that there is no way to determine whether Alexander was stabbed or shot first. This was due to the level of decomposition that had set in by the time friends discovered Alexander's body on June 9, 2008. An autopsy revealed that Alexander had defensive stab wounds on his hands, so it is clear he put up a fight against a knife. Arias claims she accidentally shot Alexander while defending herself in an argument she described as domestic violence. The prosecution contends that Arias stabbed Alexander then shot him after he was dead.

You may watch the latest updates, twists and turns in the Jodi Arias trial in the video below. Check above for photos of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander. Be forewarned, however, as there are nude photos as well as graphic, autopsy photos.

You can always watch previous videos from the first day of court in the link above.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Jodi Arias trial: Watch full video from day 51, April 23, 2013 (videos, photos)

On April 23, 2013, Jodi Arias returned to the courtroom for day 51 in her first-degree murder trial of Travis Alexander. Arias is accused of murdering Alexander in cold, premeditated blood on June 4, 2008. Alexander was shot in the head, stabbed 27 times and suffered a deep knife wound to the throat that nearly
Jodi Arias and Jennifer Willmott appear in court on April 23, 2013.
decapitated him. Arias claims she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense.

Trial started at approximately 12:30 p.m., ET, and began with Judge Sherry Stephens speaking to counsel in her chambers. At issue is a motion for the jury to consider a lesser charge of first-degree murder. The defense, though rested, has asked that they be allowed to present additional rebuttal witnesses to the prosecutor's recent expert who testified Jodi Arias showed signs of Borderline Personality Disorder. Judge Sherry Stephens has yet to rule on those motions, but is expected to make a decision soon -- quite possibly on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Though court is expected to begin at 12:30 p.m., ET, it often begins later. Today, the trial didn't really kick into gear until 1:30 p.m.

Juan Martinez called Jacob Mefford to the stand. He worked for Pre Paid Legal Services and had firsthand knowledge of Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias as a couple. The defense remarked during opening statements that Jodi Arias was Travis' "Dirty Little Secret." Maybe they meant towards the end of the relationship and up to the time of the murder, because it appears many people saw them interacting as a couple between Feb. and June 2007.

It does seem though, that Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias continued a sexual relationship that was kept secret from his friends and family members up until June 4, 2008.

Also addressed in today's testimony was the issue of the third gas can. One thing that is interesting is that Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony have been compared from the beginning of Arias' arrest. Both trials also focused heavily on gas cans. George Anthony had reported his gas can stolen, and later learned that Casey had stolen the gas cans during the time Caylee Anthony disappeared.

In the Arias case, the gas cans are being used to prove premeditation. The belief is that Jodi Arias planned a long distance trip from Yreka, California to Mesa, Arizona with stops along the way and after in order to shift suspicion. She borrowed two gas cans from her ex-boyfriend Darryl Brewer on June 3, 2008, then purchased a gas can at Wal-Mart. She claims she returned the gas can, but there is no proof she did.

Juan Martinez called asset retention manager at the Wal-Mart in Selenis, California Amanda Webb to the stand, followed by Chelsey Young who is a manager for Tesero Oil Company's IT department. Chelsey Young testified regarding Arias' gas purchases in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After the testimony regarding the gas purchases and gas cans, Juan Martinez called one of Travis Alexander's ex-girlfriends to the stand. Deanna Reid may have found Martinez' questions grueling, but none so shocking as when she was cross examined by Kirk Nurmi for the defense.

As much of Jodi Arias' domestic abuse claims focus on her hot and heavy (and often explicit) sex life with Travis Alexander, Nurmi asked the Mormon teacher point blank whether Travis Alexander had ever ejaculated in her face.

He also asked her whether he had discussed "blowing enormous loads" or called her a slut, whore and three-hole wonder.

Reid stated the two did have a sexual relationship, but stated he was never abusive with her. Interestingly, Jodi Arias spent a lot of the time Deanna Reid testified looking down (coloring in books maybe, or drawing art for her website?), but when Reid stated she broke up with Alexander because he didn't want to get married, she seemed to capture Jodi Arias' attention.

Another interesting development in today's testimony was when Mesa, Arizona police detective Michael Melendez took the stand. He testified regarding information retrieved from Travis Alexander's computer and stated there were no photos of child porn or visits to child pornography websites, etc., on the computer.

You may watch the full court video for April 23, 2013, the Jodi Arias trial below. Click the link above to see photos of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander.

Jodi Arias trial: Does state of Travis Alexander crime scene show lack of premeditation?

I've been playing devil's advocate tonight, especially now that the defense has requested that Judge Sherry Stephens allow the jury to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter in the death of Travis Alexander. Those following the case will readily recognize that prosecutor Juan Martinez has stated Jodi Arias premeditated Travis Alexander's murder in an elaborate plan.

According to the prosecution, Jodi Arias was an obsessed, jealous stalker who dated Travis Alexander in Feb. 2007, then continued to force him to have sex with her until June 2008. She stole a gun from her grandparents in May 2008, planned a long-distance trip from Yreka, California to Mesa, Arizona, where she borrowed gas cans from an ex-boyfriend, rented a car 100 miles from her home, drove to Travis Alexander's, forced him to have sex with her and took naked photos of him (he took nude photos of her as well), then brutally slashed his throat, stabbed him 27 times, and shot him in the head.

If Jodi Arias premeditated Travis Alexander's murder, to the point she planned it for weeks or even months, then why would she leave so much evidence in his home, leave a bloody palm print on his wall, and try to dispose of evidence by throwing a digital camera and clothing in a washing machine?

Are these the actions of someone who has premeditated and carefully or meticulously planned a murder?

Is it possible to spend so much time plotting a murder and leave so much evidence at the crime scene?

Do you think it is possible that the condition of the Travis Alexander crime scene may show that Jodi Arias did not go to Travis Alexander's home with the intent of murdering him, as she did not clean up the crime scene?

Devil's Advocate: Did Jodi Arias kill Travis Alexander in heat of passion, or premeditation?

(I am playing devil's advocate, and this scenario does not reflect my own personal views on the case.)

If I were to play "devil's advocate" and give Jodi Arias the benefit of the doubt...that she didn't premeditate the murder of 30-year-old Travis Alexander, but acted in the heat of passion, I can come up with a scenario that might make sense. The only problem with the scenario, is that I have no clue whether there is any evidence to back it up.

Keep in mind, that I am going on a far, far, far limb to put this scenario out there; but I do have to say, that if there is any evidence I've overlooked that is contrary, I think it is plausible.

The theory came to my imagination after listening to Jodi Arias' ex-boyfriend 52-year-old Darryl Brewer's testimony. Brewer and Arias were in a relationship from 2003 until 2006. In fact, it appears that Arias went from home ownership with Brewer and being in love with him, to dating Travis Alexander. It does seem confirmed that by Feb. 2007, Jodi and Travis were boyfriend and girlfriend, however she stated that their sexual relationship began before Feb. 2007.

Darryl Brewer's testimony is interesting to me for several reasons. First, he said he never saw signs of Jodi Arias behaving in a jealous/obsessive manner. He should know, as he lived with her, was in a relationship with her for several years, and had worked with her as well. Darryl Brewer is the man from whom Jodi Arias borrowed the gas cans from to plan her trip.

She visited Darryl Brewer on June 3, 2008, the day before she killed Travis Alexander. Clearly, Jodi Arias had a reason for talking to, visiting with, and borrowing gas cans from Darryl Brewer before heading to Mesa, Arizona.

This is where my imagination kicks in, and I explore different scenarios from what the prosecutor has stated.

Several questions.

1. Why borrow gas cans from Darryl Brewer?
2. Why borrow gas cans then buy more?

I would love to have been able to grill Darryl Brewer to find out what he and Jodi talked about on June 3, 2008. What was her demeanor like? Did she say anything towards the effect of regretting the demise of their relationship?

One thing that Darryl Brewer stated on the stand was that Jodi told him she was going to use the gas cans to drive to Pasadena, California to visit his sister.


Did Jodi Arias have a phone conversation with Brewer’s sister where she was actually expecting Arias to show up, then she never arrived?

While it has been assumed that Jodi Arias told Darryl Brewer she wanted the gas cans for a trip to Mesa, Arizona, that information never was confirmed in court.

Darryl Brewer did not say that Jodi told him she was going to Arizona on he stand. He said he believed she was going to visi his sister in Pasadena. On March 21, 2013, Juan Martinez asked Jodi Arias if she told Darryl Brewer she was going to Arizona. Jodi Arias replied that she told him she was going to Utah to visit friends. She did in fact go to Utah, after she killed Travis.

Is it possible that Jodi Arias decided to go to Mesa, Arizona, not weeks before when her grandparent’s gun was stolen, but on June 3, 2008, after she visited Darryl Brewer?

Is it possible that her visit with Brewer created or triggered something in her that made her change course and stop by Travis’ instead?

I have yet to hear of any information in the case regarding whether Travis Alexander knew Jodi Arias was coming. I’m human and this case has shifted and taken so many turns, I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed something so fundamental to the trial. If I have, though, I did so unintentionally. As to this date, I can not find any information regarding whether Travis knew Jodi was coming over.

If Travis Alexander was scared of Jodi, then why did he sleep with her. Honestly, the prosecution would have had a better case against Jodi to say she stalked and murdered Travis in cold blood if there weren’t photos of Travis stark naked giving Jodi the peace sign. Travis Alexander did not appear as if he had been assaulted by Jodi Arias when they just had sex. Additionally, there are reports that the two had sex tapes (videos), I believe from that fateful day.

My point in all this is not to blame Travis Alexander for sleeping with Jodi Arias repeatedly, even on the day he was murdered, but rather to suggest that Jodi Arias may not have planned to go to Mesa, Arizona until June 3, 2008.

Could she have borrowed two gas cans from Darryl Brewer because she believed that would have been enough gas for her trip to Pasadena, then Utah...but when she changed her mind and decided to go to Mesa, Arizona suddenly needed more gas?

Did she visit Darryl and realize that she gave up a long term relationship with him for Travis when he wouldn’t marry her, tried to break things off with her, then continued to see other women? Was she purposefully going to Mesa, Arizona to kill him as a jealous ex-lover or was this in reality a spontaneous thing?

It seems odd to me that Arias would set out to murder Travis Alexander and decide to take a detour to her boyfriend before Travis on the way, then visit her newest interest Ryan Burns. Did Jodi Arias really tell Darryl Brewer she was going to Utah, where she actually did go?

Was Jodi Arias looking at the men she loved and lost on June 3, 2008, and snapped?

Well, I don’t know.

Like I said, this is me playing the devil’s advocate, but it does seem to me that if Jodi was going to map out a murder to the point she would drive to Darryl’s in order to get gas cans, it would seem redundant to go buy one more at the last minute.

I would love to find out from Darryl Brewer and even his sister what their full stories are. Did his sister expect Jodi to come? If she did, and Jodi never showed up, it would seem to me that would point away from premeditation and more for a last minute change of plans.

I believe the sister’s name is Laura, but I cannot find any confirmation from her side of things as to whether she expected Jodi Arias or not.  It also seems very contradictory for someone to plan a murder, go to their ex-boyfriend’s house then tell him, “I’m going to visit your sister” when she really planned to murder another man. It would seem obvious that saying you would go somewhere that you have no intention of being would ruin your alibi.

If there is any evidence to back any of this up, I would say it is possible that Jodi Arias didn’t plan to kill Travis Alexander but that it happened in a moment of passion.

Maybe Jodi Arias realized that she had spent several years of her life obsessing over a man she would never have and snapped.

If the gas cans really were to provide fuel for a trip to Pasadena and then Utah, and not Arizona, that would take away premeditation; however, it would still leave the issue of the gun open.

(fast forward to 2:03:14 to hear Darryl Brewer's testimony)

Ryan Burns discusses Jodi Arias' travel itinerary

Strange dream regarding Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias trial

Is Jodi Arias drawing in court?
I don't usually share something such as a dream on this site, as I stick to news revolving the case. Since, however, this is technically a personal blog, I do want to share a dream I had. It's not like I feel the dream had any significance or anything, it just shook me up so greatly that I want to record it.

Here's the dream.

I was in court, watching the trial when a man walked down from the jury and approached Judge Sherry Stephens. The man whispered in her ear and I was agitated because I felt this behavior would lead to a mistrial. I said something out loud, such as, "Stop that man, there's going to be a mistrial. He can't talk to the judge like that. Don't let him whisper in her ear..."

The man then turned around and looked at me. At first, I thought it was a juror, but the more I looked at him, I realized it was Travis Alexander.

Then, I became confused and muttered to myself, "Is Travis Alexander allowed to speak to the judge at this trial?"

But it didn't matter...there was a mistrial.

It was such a strange dream, but what has stayed with me, was when the man turned around and looked at me...it almost gives me chills just thinking about it. It seemed so real as if I were looking straight into Travis Alexander's face.

What he was whispering to the judge...I don't know.

Like I said, it was a strange, bizarre dream.

Just one of those dreams that I don't think I'll ever forget due to its vividness.

Really weird.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander: A Mormon Match from Hell (part 2)

Part 1                                                                                              Part 3

Jodi Arias before Travis Alexander: Ex-Boyfriend Darryl Brewer Testifies

Jodi Arias had been living with her boyfriend Darryl Brewer, 52, when she met Travis Alexander in September 2006, at a Pre Paid Legal Services convention. You may hear Darryl Brewer’s testimony from the Jodi Arias trial here (fast forward to 2:03:14). 

Brewer stated he met Jodi Arias in the fall of 2001 when they worked together at the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, California. . Brewer is the father of a 14-year-old son and didn’t want to be seen on camera during the trial. The details provided by Brewer may be the best look at Arias before she encountered Travis Alexander.

Jodi Arias' ex-boyfriend Darryl Brewer testifies 
Though working together, the couple didn't begin dating until 2003. They purchased a home together located at 43755 Virginia Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92211 in June, 2005,

Darryl Brewer described his time with Jodi Arias as a very stable, loving relationship. 

A divorced father of then 4 1/2 year old Jack, the co-homeowners were very much in love. As Brewer had shared custody of his son, Jodi Arias was a part of the child's life. Brewer described Jodi Arias’ relationship with his son as “outstanding,” however, he wouldn’t describe Arias as a stepmother, but only a close friend. Though the two had purchased a home together, Brewer was not interested in marriage at the time as he had been through a divorce.

During June 2005, Jodi Arias was working two jobs in restaurants while Darryl Brewer looked for work. He found employment within 2 1/2 months, and didn’t describe the break from employment as stressful to the relationship. They remained in the 3 bedroom home until December 2006.

Brewer addressed Arias' personality and character during their time together. He indicated they had anal sex at least once, but there was nothing overtly raunchy or sexually aggressive about their relationship. An aspiring photographer, Arias did photograph him several times, including nude photos.

Brewer then described on the stand Jodi Arias’ employment and involvement with Pre Paid Legal Services. He recalled Arias' going to a Pre Paid Legal Service, Las Vegas convention in September 2006. It was during the summer of 2006 that Brewer stated their relationship began deteriorating. He had made plans to move back to Monterey, California as he followed his ex-wife and son there as he would begin school and he wanted to be close by. He expected Arias to remain in the home until it's future sale.

According to Brewer, Arias went through many changes beginning mid summer 2006. She became involved with Pre Paid Legal Services and simultaneously began exploring the Mormon faith. As she became more serious about Mormonism (including home Bible studies), she began to resist sexual intimacy with him and wanted to save herself for marriage.

Her focus on Pre Paid Legal Service was one he felt was a bit irrational. He stated that she became financially irresponsible while believing she would obtain greater wealth.

In Brewer’s opinion, Arias’ involvement with Pre Paid Legal Services and Mormonism directly affected their relationship and it appears he believes it had a negative impact.

It was during this time (fall of 2006) that Arias and Travis Alexander had met and become friendly. By February 2007, Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander had begun their own intimate relationship.

Interestingly, Darryl Brewer stated the two never formally broke up, instead their relationship had changed and the two were moving in different directions. When the Palm Desert home foreclosed in Feb. 2007, Brewer moved near Monterey while Arias moved to Arizona. 

The two remained in contact and maintained each other's phone numbers throughout the years. Arias visited Brewer on June 3, 2008, the day before Travis Alexander was murdered and borrowed two gas cans from him for her trip.

Though she told Brewer she planned to visit his sister in Pasadena, Arias instead went to Mesa, Arizona. One day following her visit to Darryl Brewer, Travis Alexander would be dead.

Fast forward to 2:03:14 in the video below for Darryl Brewer's testimony.

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Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander: A Mormon Match from Hell (part 1)

The Beginning Part 2

Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander upon meeting in Sept. 2006
On January 2, 2013, at the Maricopa County Superior Court located in Phoenix, Arizona, the trial against 32-year-old Jodi Arias began. Born on July 9, 1980, Arias faced charges of first degree murder for the June 4, 2008, death of Travis Alexander. 

Born in Riverside, California on July 27, 1977, Alexander was 30-years-old at the time of his death. Medical examiners determined Alexander was murdered on June 4, 2008, when he suffered 29 stab wounds including a fatal wound to his heart and a gunshot to his head. Travis Alexander’s throat had been slashed nearly from ear to ear. His body was located in the shower stall of his five-bedroom, luxury Mesa, Arizona home by friends on June 9, 2008.

Jodi Arias immediately became a person of interest in the case, then soon would become the sole suspect.

But how did Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander meet? What were they dynamics of their relationship? Numerous questions surrounded the case, and Arias herself would do little to shed light on the facts surrounding the murder. Arias lied to authorities and denied she had been with Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008. After forensic and time-stamped, photo evidence proved differently, she admitted she had been in the home, but fled when intruders (armed ninjas) broke in and attacked Alexander.

As the state of Arizona prepared their death penalty case against the woman who was born and raised in Yreka, California, Jodi Arias changed her story and stated she killed Travis Alexander in self-defense.

Travis Alexander came from a large family of four sons and four daughters. His parents struggled with drug addiction and after they both passed away, the children’s grandmother, Norma Jean Sarvey took them in. A Mormon, Sarvey instructed the children in the faith and Alexander soon chose the religion for his life path. After serving two years in the Mission in Denver, Colorado, Alexander was drawn to the community in Mesa, Arizona that is known for its strong Mormon presence. Alexander soon became a motivational speaker and worked for Pre Paid Legal Services, Inc., where he quickly made a name for himself. He authored a book Raising You and created an online presence through Twitter, his blog and a website, Travis Alexander.net. It was through Pre Paid Legal Services that Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander met.

Part 2
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