Jodi Arias has been on the stand for seven days now and we still haven’t heard a thing to support her plea of self-defense. In fact, until yesterday we had not heard anything from Jodi about the day of the murder at all. Despite the trial moving at a snail’s pace I am fairly confident that today is the day we will hear her testify as to why and how she killed Travis Alexander. Despite remembering every day of her life in excruciating detail thus far, it is expected that she will suddenly have major holes in her testimony regarding the slaughter of Travis Alexander. If you are like me, you have probably missed and/or forgotten some of the evidence collected about the day of the murder. Here is a summary from Wikipedia to get us ready for today’s testimony. I hope to see you all in comments to give your reaction again today. We had lots of interesting discussion on the trial here yesterday.
Her initial trip was to head south to photograph a friend’s child and then to Utah to spend time with her new love interest, Ryan Burns. Arias has alleged that Alexander called her in the early hours of June 4 and persuaded her to go see him in Arizona. Her arrival at his home was approximately 4 AM on June 4, 2008.
A spent .25 caliber round was located near one of the sinks in the master bath. Alexander’s heavily damaged digital camera was located in the downstairs washing machine. The camera was new. Detective Flores, via phone interview with Arias, asked her if she knew a possible motive for why someone would want to damage Alexander’s camera. Although images had been deleted, Mesa Police were able to recover the images. The recovered images included Arias and Alexander, both in sexually suggestive poses, at approximately 1:40 p.m. on June 4, 2008. In the photos, she is brunette and wearing pigtails. The last photo of Alexander alive, and in the shower, was taken at 5:29:20 p.m. on June 4, 2008. Moments later, images appear of an individual, believed to be Alexander, “profusely bleeding” on the floor. The attack on Alexander began at approximately 5:30 PM on June 4, 2008.
A bloody palm print was located on the bathroom hallway, which DNA revealed to be a mixture of Arias’ and Alexander’s DNA. Arias continued to insist that she had last seen Alexander in April 2008 despite being presented with DNA and photographic evidence by Detective Esteban Flores. On May 28, 2008, an “odd” burglary occurred at the residence of Arias’ grandparents, with whom she was living, in Yreka, California. One object, each worth very little, was taken from every room of the home while cash and other valuable items were not taken. Arias’ grandparents had guns in the home, which Arias denied knowing the existence of. Four firearms were in a gun cabinet but only a .25 caliber gun, same caliber as the firearm used to shoot Alexander, was taken. The whereabouts of the gun and knife used in the crime are unknown. They were not recovered at the scene.
Ryan Burns and others who met up with Arias in Utah, after the killing, indicated she had bandages on her hands and that she wore long sleeves on days it was very hot. She told different stories about how she received the cuts to her hands. Burns was told they were from an injury while working at Margaritaville. At trial, it was revealed by Siskiyou County, California, authorities that no such restaurant exists, nor ever existed in the area. At the time of the killing, she worked at Casa Ramos in Yreka. When she arrived in Utah on June 5, 2008, Arias had dyed her hair blonde.
Arias arrived approximately 24 hours late of her intended date with Burns. She explained this by telling Burns she had gotten lost. Later, she told Detective Esteban Flores that she had gotten lost but had also been out of touch because her cell phone battery had died, she lost her charger, purchased another charger, and finally that she’d found the missing charger under her seat. There are no cell phone or credit card receipts placing her in Arizona around the time of the killing.
While driving to a meeting with Burns, West Jordan, Utah Police Officer, Michael Galieti, pulled Arias over on June 5, 2008, in the rented vehicle. The front license plate was missing and the rear plate was upside down. Arias attributed this to some kids at a rest stop playing a trick on her. Burns helped Arias fix the license plate and Officer Galieti did not cite her for the infraction.