Juan was in court early prosecuting an unrelated case. All of Jodi’s family and Donovan are there. Travis’s family is there including all the sisters. Jodi chatted with her mitigation specialist while she waited. A juror is running late but in en route. Meanwhile Nurmi made a motion to repress the medical examiner’s testimony about the order of the wounds. Judge Stephens denied it. For some reason I do not understand, Nurmi is not allowed to cross-examine Flores’ testimony from yesterday until after Horn gives his testimony. I believe Horn is the HOT medical examiner that we enjoyed watching last time. He will be up first today. The order of the wounds and the determination of the fatal wound seem to be very important to both sides. And frankly, if I recall correctly Horn, or someone changed their minds about the order of the wound inflictions last time. I think Horn’s schedule is limited and he can only testify first this morning. That is why Nurmi can’t do his cross yet. Nurmi thinks this is a calculated move by Martinez. Of course it was but there is no law against it.
I am still confused why Nurmi is upset over the phone sex call. Nurmi feels that Martinez is questioning the authenticity of the recording. Martinez says he is not questioning the authenticity, he is questioning whether the tape was stolen. Nurmi wants to call Martinez on the stand to state that he has already acknowledged the authenticity of the tape. Does anyone understand the point of this? Nurmi seems to be saying if the judge doesn’t find prosecutorial misconduct on Martinez’s part he will call him as a witness.
Horn is on the stand and immediately we go to autopsy photos. Very graphic. Showing Travis’s face discussion the gunshot wound. Shots of Travis’ defensive wounds on his hands. Travis’ family all bow their heads they are crying already. Arias family all look at photos intently. Nurmi objects to the term “defensive wounds.” Overruled. Sidebar. After sidebar, Martinez walks over to family and says something. Probably warning of more graphic images to come. Yep, full frontal of Travis’ body showing all the stab wounds. The point of all of this is that Travis’s was alive and trying to defend himself from the knife. Many wounds are very deep. Four stab wounds in neck, chest and stomach and two on shoulder. Jodi is not looking at autopsy pictures. Focus is currently on those six wounds. Travis was stabbed a total of 27 times. Martinez is making a case for torture. He asks how long it takes to bleed out from this many wounds. One of the stab wounds in Travis’ torso is 5 1/2 inches deep. One penetrated the vena cava and was 3.5 inches deep. It would eventually be fatal. But Travis’ heart was still beating. Travis was in great pain.
Willmott has taken over the task of objecting every other minute. Nearly all objections denied.
Martinez continues to go over every wound. Now on Travis’s back 11 stab wounds. Nine plunging wounds, deep wounds, not slashing. Two to the back of his head. These pictures appear to have been taken after considerable decomposition. All media tweeting about the gruesome nature. All jurors paying attention except for one. Horn discusses divots in the skull. Martinez continues to ask about pain levels. Stressing the torturous nature of the attack.
Martinez moves on to the decapitation. Arias sliced through the throat, severing the carotid arte, jugular vein and windpipe. Horn says Travis would have been unconscious in seconds and dead in minutes. Martinez wants to know the sound that would come from the windpipe as Travis tried to scream.
The move on to discuss the gun shot wound to the head. Horn says determining trajectory was difficult due to decomposition making the brain the consistency of pudding. Dr. Horn says the gunshot came last.
Willmott on cross. She says that Flores testified the last time that the gun shot came first. Martinez objects. Extended sidebar. Horn says he did not discuss sequence of events with Flores. Willmott asked if the bullet could have come from the back of the head. Horn says no. He I s not happy with the defense questions. Snipping back and forth between Willmott and Horn. Willmott accuses Horn of changing his story. If the gunshot came first the there would not be as much suffering and the crime would not be a heinous perhaps sparing Jodi’s life. Horn says if Travis was shot first he would not be standing over the sink. Willmott makes some ground on one of the stab wounds to Travis’ chest. Willmott says the trajectory was upward. Horn concedes that Martinez’s theory it happened in the shower was unlikely.
Problem with a juror. Beth Karas from HLN called to the stand. Looks like a juror may have talked to her. It’s not super clear what happened but a juror with connections to the Arias family (what? why is she even on the jury) took off her badge at a morning recess and listened to Beth Karas comparing this trial with the last one. It seems the juror has a sister-in-law who knows Jodi Arias. She went outside on morning break to smoke and watch an interview Karas was doing for the local news station. Karas said that the juror asked her if she was Nancy Grace. Karas reported the interaction to the court. No decision on the fate of the juror has been made yet.