|Jodi Arias and Jennifer Willmott appear in court on April 23, 2013.|
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.