Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jodi Arias Trial

Is anyone keeping up with this case? 
From the Huffington Post:
The jury learned gruesome details about the violent death of 30-year-old Travis Alexander during day three of the Jodi Arias murder trial on Tuesday.

As bereaved family members watched in a Phoenix courtroom, a medical examiner began testifying in graphic detail about the brutal attack that resulted in Alexander's death.

Dr. Kevin Horn, of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner office, described how Alexander was stabbed 27 times, shot in the right brow with a .25-caliber gun, and nearly decapitated when his throat, voice box and arteries were cut. As Horn spoke, jurors looked at photos of the dead Arizona man whose body, Horn said, was found in his Mesa home June 9, 2008, several days after he was killed, decomposing and starting to mummify.

During the testimony, Alexander's family members left the courtroom. Arias cried as post-mortem photos were shown and appeared to use her long dark hair to shield herself from the jury.

Prosecutors say that Arias, a 32-year-old photographer from Yreka, Calif., killed Alexander in cold blood, but her defense team claims she acted in self-defense.

According to Horn, Alexander's stab wounds were very deep and inflicted with major force. It was, Horn testified Tuesday, impossible to determine if Alexander was dead before he was shot due to the amount of decomposition. The cause of death was excessive blood loss from the victim's body, he said, and Alexander had multiple self-defense wounds to his palms and fingers, a key element of the prosecution's case.

Heather Connor, a Mesa Police Department fingerprint examiner, continued her testimony Tuesday after first taking the stand Friday. Tuesday, Connor took the court through photos of Alexander's hallway, master bedroom and bathroom. The jury was also shown a photo of a bloody handprint on a wall that prosecutors said contains a mixture of Alexander's and Arias' DNA.

Last week, Connor unveiled evidence found at the crime scene, including blood, a bullet casing, a broken camera and a SIM card prosecutors said contains deleted images of Arias naked on a bed and of Alexander's body.

Conner is expected to take the stand again Wednesday morning.

If convicted, Arias could face the death penalty.

I have looked at a lot of footage and this woman is an excellent actress, crocodile tears, the works.  She may have the face and the voice of a sweet girl, but after the testimony, her lies, and what others have said. She is manipulative and stalked this Travis, after he moved on.

My take and opinion, this was not in self-defense, she had the gun and the knife. I believe she had every intention of murdering this man. It was pre-meditated.  He may have slept with her, but it seemed he had moved on....?

I am not sure how this all going to end. But I hope that this monster gets the death penalty. She is a cold-blooded killer, devoid of emotion.

What's your opinion? Thoughts?


Teresa said...

I feel so sorry for the family of the victim having to be in the courtroom listening to all the devastating testimony and graphic pics.

I agree with you Leticia. I do believe she is manipulative and that the killing was premeditated. But I am conflicted on whether or not she should get the death penalty. But from the description of what she did to his body I guess she deserves the death penalty.

Magpie said...

We don’t have the death penalty. Not that some don’t deserve it.
In the US, the cost of a capital trial can be more than the cost of life-time incarceration.
As to an opinion of guilt or innocence or degree of either… that’s not something to have an opinion about, much as we tend to form them anyway. That’s for the court and the jury to decide in accordance with legal process administered under expert supervision.

Always On Watch said...

Sociopath? Her calm stretching in the interrogation room is a give-away of that, I think.

In any case, she is dangerous in the extreme.

And there is no rehabilitation for psychopathy.

dmarks said...

Magpie said: "As to an opinion of guilt or innocence or degree of either… that’s not something to have an opinion about".

Respectfully, I disagree. It is something to have an opinion about, and indeed sometimes this opinion can be correct even if the courts are wrong.

But regardless, even if a person is really guilty and the court says they are not, only the government has the right to inflict some sort of sanction based on its determination of the guilt.

Leticia said...

Teresa, I don't think I could have sat through the details of his death had it been one of my loved ones.

What she did was absolutely horrid, and I do feel she doesn't need to sit in a cell, while we, as taxpayers pay for meals, cable, etc. No

Magpie, oh, yes, it will completely be up to the jury, but the forensic evidence against this woman is undeniable. And she confessed doing it. The way she butchered this man, she shouldn't be allowed to live, but like you said, it's not my call, thank goodness. I wouldn't have been able to hear or see the evidence. But as a juror, I would call for the death penalty without a second thought.

AOW, I agree! She is definitely a sociopath. She has absolutely no remorse. And from watching several clips on CNN, CNBC, etc. Experts that study human behavior agreed she was crying, "alligator tears." No doubt. When she stretched like that, I think my jaw dropped. *shaking head* She nearly decapitated this poor young man!

dmarks, I truly hope the jury makes the right decision.

Magpie said...

“sometimes this opinion can be correct even if the courts are wrong”.

Yeah I hear what you’re saying dmarks and that can happen. However even with the best of protocols a trial can be influenced by media attention which both drives and is driven by public interest, thereby making it less certain that the trial will be fair.

Essentially that happened in the notorious Azaria Chamberlain case where a guilty verdict was later overturned. The convicted person was then released from prison and the overwhelming view now is that she was in fact innocent. I might add at this point that if we’d had a death penalty and it had been applied (though it probably wouldn’t) , there would have been no ‘later’ … and her remaining children would have grown up motherless.

“I would call for the death penalty without a second thought”

I’m sure you would Leticia….