Well, the Jodi circus is up and running again in Arizona. We begin the day with a motion to dismiss the states intent to seek the death penalty due to state misconduct. Basically, Nurmi got his hands on some texts between Detective Flores’ wife and an unknown party about the forged letters that Jodi had someone draw up in prison that were supposed to be from Travis. I don’t see why the detective’s wife would be prohibited from talking about the case just like everyone else in the free world was doing at the time. I don’t think this motion will go anywhere. Just more paperwork for the appeals.
In other news, on Thursday, Detective Flores told the media that no other jurors had been dismissed after Juror 17 was taken into chambers to meet with both sides causing the entire case not to be able to go forward on Thursday afternoon. That was a no no. The judge told him not to speak to the media about events that occur in her chambers.
And on we go to the gas cans which seem to be the major focus of Juan Martinez. Nurmi’s constant objections resulting in numerous sidebars continue. Nurmi objected Martinez playing a video of Jodi’s ex boyfriend explaining about the gas cans. The jury is sent out and Nurmi wins the battle. Video is legally inadmissible, it would seem. So Martinez and Flores read the transcript, with Flores reading as Brewer. Seems ridiculous. But, Arizona. We all recall the gas can story. She borrowed a couple from the ex and bought another at Wal*Mart so that she would not have to purchase gas in Arizona. They go though all the gas receipts, tank size of car, size of gas cans, etc.
Flores talks again about his conversations with Dr. Horn about sequence of wounds. He basically says he considered several theories.
We move on to an email Jodi sent Travis two days after she murdered him asking him when he was going to deposit a check. They play a voicemail she left after the murder inviting him to a play. Juan points out that Jodi shut her phone off when she left California so I it could not be tracked to Arizona.
Juan is basically focusing this jury on the horrific nature of the murder, the planning with the gun, and the gas cans and the phone. And her attempts to cover her tracks after the murder. The jury hears a phone call that Jodi made to Flores to inquire about how Travis died. She asked detailed questions. She asked if weapons were used. She offered to help the investigation in any way she could. The play a second phone call. Jodi asks if it is true about all the blood. The jurors are looking at Jodi as the message plays. Jodi mentions that Travis had his tires slashed. Pointed out he never locked his doors. She tells Flores that she and Travis had broken up but were still sexual at times. The phonecall is very damaging to Jodi. She goes on and on about how great Travis is and how his door was always open to her. He asks Flores not to discuss their sexuality because it was against Travis’ religious beliefs. She says Travis was cheating on her. She broke up with him. He was upset. She was planning a visit and cancelled it and he was very upset with her. She says that Travis would get upset easily. Even though they were broken up, Travis did not want Jodi dating other people. But he was.
Flores asks Jodi to describe Travis’ bedding. Goes into detail about a $5000 mattress that he got a great deal on. The bed was very soft and she spent a lot of time there. Jodi says that Dan Freedman called to inform her of Travis’s death. Jodi says that unless there were two people, she doesn’t see how Travis could have been overpowered. He was very strong. There was a bit of crying and then back to discussions about how great Travis was with in appropriate laughter. Flores says that Travis’ friends do not speak highly of her. Jodi says she moved to Mesa because of Travis and left Mesa because of Travis. Flores says his friends all think she killed him. Jodi says she has no idea why they would think that other than because she is the ex-girlfriend and they fought a lot. Flores says that she was perceived as stalking him. Flores says the murder was an angry mess done by someone who wanted to inflict a lot of pain. Jodi suggests he look into someone named T. Brown.
Juan stops the tape and says that she seemed to be placing the blame on one of Travis’ roommates. Nurmi objects. Sidebar. The guy was a former roommate, very big and according to Jodi a sexual predator.
Juan pulls out Jodi’s personal journals. Juan begins to refer to an entry on for June 13. 2008, nine days after murder. Nurmi objects. Sidebar. Entry is about Jodi sending Travis’ grandmother 20 white irises because Travis the name, would use it for a girl. Bascially, she sent flowers to the grieving family of the man she violently killed a week before. Jodi wrote in her journal that she misses Travis more than words can say. That his death is like breaking up with him all over again. Very fatal attraction. Obsessed. She writes she will name her son Alexander.
Back to photos of Travis sitting in the shower. Juan asks Flores how many murders he has investigated where the body was sitting down. Discusses how one could defend an attacker in that position.
New phone call between Flores and Arias is being played. After the usual objection and sidebar of course. Jodi had Travis’ PIN and could check his cell. She knew the garage code. Jodi told Flores, “I’ve been in relationships where the person wasn’t faithful and you get a gut feeling. I asked him and he said no.There were tons of girls I had never heard of on his phone, references to making out with other women.”
Noon Recess is called. Jury is dismissed except for Number 12. Male juror. What now? Sleeping? Cleared the courtroom. We won’t get to know what the judge wants with Juror 12.