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|
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|
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.