|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.
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|
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.